Digitalis grandis thrives in shady places
Although we travelled near and far during our week in Transylvania and I enjoyed every minute, I could equally well have spent a deliriously happy week just botanising in the species-rich meadows around the hotel. Yellow rattle was the dominant plant in many of the pastures, ensuring the low fertility which allows wild flowers to thrive. Glossy yellow trollius hovered above fragrant orchids, clovers, campanulas, geraniums, oxeye daisies, Vipers Bugloss, ajugas, scabious, thyme, thistles, hyssop, salvias and dianthus (to name but a few). This richness is thanks to a combination of terrain (too steep for machinery) and traditional methods (meadows cut by hand and only grazed by sheep, never cattle or horses).
The meadow next to the guesthouse thick with yellow rattle, trollius, clover and fragrant orchids
Lakeland is offering up to 50% off in its summer sale. Garden bargains include Seeds of Italy’s Franchi Classic Salad Seed Collection reduced from £7.99 to £3.99 and a wooden ‘paper potter’ that allows you to make biodegradable pots from strips of old newspaper for £4.99 instead of £9.95
Crocus has lots of special offers running at the moment, including the opportunity to buy some of the plants that you saw and loved at Chelsea and there are also a couple of plants that are star performers in my garden at present. Clematis ‘Princess Diana’ (£10.99) and Geranium maderense (£5.99).
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Clematis "Princess Diana (£10.99) | Geranium Maderense (£5.99)