We are slowly slowly simplifying the garden, choosing plants which need little attention, fewer kinds but larger areas of each....
The ten birch trees, betula jacquemontii, are at last developing their white bark....beautiful.
Viola cornuta lilacea runs the length of the drive (about 8 mtrs) and is flowering a second time - more sparsely, though if we had given it a trim it would probably have flowered more profusely. It's underplanted with snowdrops. A light weed in spring is all that's required.
Geranium Roxanne goes on from June till October, the agapanthus coming through (though I think some got smothered) from late July.
The acer has been in this pot about 15 years. Some water in the hottest weather is all it asks, though we may have lightly topped it up with ericaceous compost once or twice (I really can't remember, but this is what you are supposed to do....)
The sedum has yet to colour up. It gets cut back completely when it goes a bit soggy after the first frost.
The lythrum hardly showed last year - this year it is seven feet tall!
Persicaria 'Firetail' will need watching - it can be invasive. (Someone once described it as crocheting it's way through the garden!) It flowers for a very long time and is good in an autumn vase.
I'm finding that having fewer different things gives a more restful look which I like.
Simpler and yet simpler....
AND there are sales at Shoon and Shoeaholic just now. Just saying.