Skip to main content

Sweet Charity


Erigeron 'Charity'
 Until we went to the coast of East Yorkshire for a holiday earlier this year I had never come across this plant before.  It was everywhere, hanging over walls, spread out in big masses of this lovely pink flower.  It obviously doesn't mind the salt winds that blow on the coast, and all the plants looked extremely healthy.  So imagine my surprise when visiting a nearby garden centre back at home to find this little clump forming plant.  I was so impressed with it I now have it in pride of place in the garden.  This Erigeron 'Charity' has daisy-like flowers light pink with greenish-yellow centres borne for a long period in summer and is perennial.  It supposedly grows to 2ft. in height but all the plants I saw were low to the ground.   Its common name is Fleabane and it is fully frost-hardy.  It can be propagated by division in spring or early autumn or by seed in autumn.  Apparently it doesn't like winter damp but shouldn't be allowed to dry out during the growing season.  I will have to keep my eye on this little fella', but I think any extra effort will be worth it.

Comments

  1. I am charmed! The foliage seems to have a bluish cast in the photo which would make it even more welcome in the SUmmer garden where so much is GREEN right now! And love it's happy bright green center!

    ReplyDelete
  2. This grows on walls all over south-west England! Its a superb plant for rockeries, window boxes, borders, walls and hanging baskets! Flighty xx

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

the rise of the apple and the fall of the oak ...

Sunday
Early morning.  We drove down to the lake for a stroll in the autumn sunshine; the air was chilled in the shadows but the sun was bright.  The water level was still very low; we have had hardly any rain for weeks.  On the spit of land a gaggle of Canada geese preening and resting.  The water still and calm.

 We walked further along the lane, and there just around the bend, my favourite oak tree; a lopsided old thing with winky-wonky branches.  But all was not well.  The trunk had split and there was a gut-wrenching open wound.
 
I loved that old tree and always take a photograph of it when we are down there; a kind of tradition.




Now, half the tree lying on the ground - only fit for firewood - such a shame - I felt really sad.


Monday
Spent the morning pruning the Amelanchier which had outgrown its space.  My neighbour came round with foxglove self-seeders which I planted beneath it now that there is some room.  I have finally come to the end of the garden restoration project -…

Down to Earth ...

A nothing much happened kind of week.  Mostly it rained and rained and rained.  The sun burst through for short periods then hid behind the clouds and it rained again.  The garden is flattened and battered and a soggy mess.  We have had the heating on it has been so chilly - even my pet sheep had their hats and scarves on.


On Monday electricians came and fitted an earthing device.  On Tuesday a different electrician came and earthed us (our earthing spike had deteriorated - whatever that is) - apparently new regs said it had to be done before the house could be signed off as completed.  The electrician also fitted the new ceiling lights to replace the water damaged ones.


And a new desk has been installed to replace the water damaged one.


Next week all the carpets are going to be fitted and voila - we're done.  Hurrah!

Meanwhile back at the ranch - every time the sun came out I rushed into the garden to take some pics of the least damaged flowers.


The view from the kitchen window

the sweet calm sunshine of September ...

" It was a morning of ground mist, yellow sunshine, and high rifts of blue, white-cloud-dappled sky.  The leaves were still thick on the trees, but de-spangled gossamer threads hung on the bushes and the shrill little cries of unrest of the swallows skimming the green open spaces of the park told of  autumn and change." ~ Flora Thompson


September has been a very productive month for me. I have worked hard in the garden with a feeling of racing against time; although, in truth, there is plenty of time to do everything - I just wanted to get it done while the weather was good, so much more pleasant working outside when it is a little warmer, rather than having to wrap up in coats and boots to get it all done.  I have planted every last bulb that I possess; those I saved from last year; those I bought this year; every piece of ground and every container has been put to use - if I don't get a good display in spring then something has gone seriously wrong.


Gardening fo…