It’s that time of year again! The Hedychium Autantiacum are in flower! Superb bright orange flowers on tall stems. Great architecture with narrow grey green foliage. Hardy in a sheltered corner with some other exotics to your taste! Mulch well and feed before flowering! #exotic#gingers#architecture... See MoreSee Less
Can't take any more? Well neither can we! But. five mins sitting quietly in the garden, stilling the mind, listening to the bees and the seed pods exploding, smelling the pollen, feeling the sun on our faces and hey presto, some level of serenity returns. #justdoit#getoutthere#serenity#meditation#bees... See MoreSee Less
All the pink seems to be shouting at us today! Perennial Sweet Pea, Purple Loosestrife, Rosa ‘Queen Elizabeth’ Perennial Sweet Pea, Lychnis Coronaria (bit past their best now) & Nerines, alos just going over. #pink#pinkflowers #nectar#colour... See MoreSee Less
This is a hardy biennial plant so it flowers every other year. Teasel is probably best-known for its brown, prickly stems and conical seed heads, which persist long after the plants themselves have di...
The bonking beetle … These are mostly common red soldier beetles, named for their smart red jackets. They are slim, rather elegant insects, and they spend as much of their adult lives as possible in flagrante delicto. In the rare breaks, they feed on pollen and aphids. These bonking beetles have given themselves up to what William Blake called “lovely copulation, bliss on bliss”. Look out for them on the hogweeds in the hedgerows! #beetles#aphids#sex#pollen#copulation#nature #WilliamBlake ... See MoreSee Less
The Acanthus Mollis (Bears Breeches) can be a bit of a monster, like our one in the Wishing Well Garden. Its tall, vigorous, tropical looking and once you have it, you will always have it. Acanthus Mollis, means 'Cultivated Spiny Bear Bract', because people thought the curved bracts on the flower stalk looked like a bear claw. Over time bract/branca was mis-translated into 'breech', leading to the common name 'bear's breech, so absolutely nothing to do with bear's trousers at all, so that clears that one up! If you want a slightly more polite one, try the Acanthus Hungaricus, now back in stock. www.enchantedgardenskent.co.uk/product/acanthus-hungaricus/... See MoreSee Less
The leucanthemums look fantastic at the moment. They are such a great backdrop and will happily take over an area slowly. Good for spaces where not a lot else will grow, they like full sun but will tolerate half shade. Ours don't mind our clay or our dry conditions either. Deadhead daily to prolong a long flowering season, cut right down to the ground when they are all finished. Divide by digging up a clump and giving away! (Well you, not us, lol.) Also suitable for cut flowers. We love the contrast of the white with the peach hemerocallis and our shady red bench! #daisy#bigflowers#showy#bold#oldfashioned #white#backdrop#pollinators#insects#cutflowers#cutflowersfrommygarden
We just found this today. Its Prunella Grandiflora Alba, (white self-heal) which is classed as RARE IN THE UK in its native state!!! Omg!!! We will definitely be harvesting these seeds, we do sowing and planting this, but we did NOT sow any white ones!
We love our Goats Rue and we are very pleased with ourselves that we managed to grow it from our seed this year, this is what our white one looks like in the Wishing Well garden! #white#showy#unusual#s#structure ... See MoreSee Less
The Oak Lutestring Moth, (part of the family which includes Common, Satin & Poplar Lutestrings) you probably missed it in the woods its camouflage is so good! Anyway, these moths were named by Benjamin Wilkes in the 18th century, he wrote the first comprehensive guide, 'The English Moths & Butterflies'. Lutestring derives from the French 'lustrine' as these moths have shiny scales. 'Lutestring' also meant to speak silkily but without substance (a good description for our politicians). #moths#mothsuk #butterflies#nectar#bees#pollinators#sunshine... See MoreSee Less