My hosts were most hospitable and had laid out a breakfast feast. But I gave into an unmistakable urge to bolt outside and take a breath before I sat down. How sweet the air perfumed by Scotland and the alpines!
The Youngs have lived in this house for many years, and have obviously enjoyed trying out many presentation ideas. The circle of troughs creates a relaxing focus and entrance to the garden. Probably too it makes for easy weeding.
|Silver Saxifrage - S paniculata minor?|
No, this is not a sax and a semp - look again. Those strawberry runers are yet another saxifraga- who can resist S brunonis? Flowers will be much later in the season, an added pleasure. I have resisted this species before because of questionable hardiness. But I must must try it, even if it means moving a trough closer to the house in fall. S. 'Foster's Red' is quite hardy and a favorite, always of vision of Linc.
|Saxifraga paniclata 'Fosters Red'|
Plant material was gathered worldwide, geographically speaking, and a vision of one world. The South American oxalis did not mind sitting next to the North American phlox,
or the free roaming native dactylorhiza, overlooked by the Western American Petrophytum caespitosum
side by side with the Australian celmisia.
In fact they all got along famously.
Corydalis ‘Craigton Blue’
And Maggi also pointed out one of her particular favorites - the mingling pastel clouds of aquilegia, never an uncommon sight.
Oh yes - and they have a great way to grow lettuce by the back door!