Sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. (Or the Penstemons for the Fairy Queen roses, in this case.)
Around and about the Fairegarden, as the critical design eye shades are worn, the overall beauty might be missed. Why is this plant leaning? What is this bit of foamy stuff? There are too many of these small leaves and not enough large leaves, the thinking goes. (Penstemon digitalis ‘What Started Out As Husker Red’ and Achillea filipendulina ‘Coronation Gold’)
That thinking may be spot on at some times of the year, but not now, not when these little leaves are sporting tall, spiky bloom stalks. (Penstemon barbatus ‘Jingle Bells’)
Right now there are several places that are looking like the Land Of Spikes, but most especially the Gravel Garden. Click here to read the story of its transformation if you are so inclined.
Penstemons all are welcome here, and seem to enjoy the conditions in the old gravel driveway that was repurposed into the Gravel Bed last year. (Penstemon barbatus hybrid)
Highly recommended for a sunny spot is the Verbascum chiaxii ‘Album’. The orange saddlebagged bee agrees.
Now that a spot that seems to their liking has been found, this is the third try, the desert candles, foxtail lilies, Eremurus hybrids are spiking to beat the band.
Not to be denied, for these flower forms are too exquisite for mere words, the odd finger shaped roots were planted in the sunniest, driest spot we have, the raised box, where success was finally to be had. Patience is required along with persistence, it has been learned. Blooming may take a few years from the grass-like foliage rosettes.
Moving over to the Azalea Walk, the Digitalis parviflora ‘Chocolate’ are assuming the spike position.
Also ascending are various others, including Astible x arendsii ‘Fanal’ by the pond. The light sabre spikes are pointing the way to the heavens around here. Up, up and away.