Visiting Your Own Garden

Every now and again I try to stop working in the garden and just take a slow tour around as though I were a visitor. I invariably pick weeds as I go along, but at least I slow down enough to notice odds and sods. This is something everyone should do now and again throughout the gardening season.

The first thing to catch my eye was the gout weed I have growing in the pit of a dry rock garden. At one time this was a small working pond but after the bigger pond was built I turned it into a rockery area. Most people want to scream when you mention Gout Weed and I understand why. It can be so incredibly invasive. This little patch I have comes up every year and never moves. It is actually quite an attractive variegated leaf and brightens up an otherwise dark corner.

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Some of you might remember my Corydalis lutea from the spring. Well, this is what happens when the heat pours on. It is now time to cut it off right to the ground, it will go dormant for the rest of the year and reappear in all its glory come next spring.

Corydalis Lutea / Sensible Gardening and Living
Corydalis Lutea / Sensible Gardening and Living

Out in the veggie patch the beans are growing quite well. A long ways away yet before we will be enjoying them but the blooms are starting to appear.

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I broke my cardinal rule about Lupins this year and planted just one plant. For what ever reason Lupins in our area just about always get infested with aphids so I have kept them out of the garden. I saw this soft lemon one at the nursery and couldn’t resist. I’m going to watch it like a hawk though and should it get aphids it will be ousted.

Lupine / Sensible Gardening and Living
Lupine / Sensible Gardening and Living

I love the little rosette flowers of Portulaca and all the wonderful colours it comes in. Great plant for real dry, sandy and gravelly places. I’ve been growing it in this barrel for several years. It’s an annual here but once planted will self seed itself for many years.

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