twenty ninth June 2012 • Pretty as a picture • Stephanie Donaldson
I don’t know whether or not it’s as a result of I’m excessive on the altitude, invigorated by the train, or as a result of I like to spend time in a panorama the place Nature is in cost, however for me summer time mountains beat a seaside any day. As a gardener, the chance to see flowers of their pure habitat is invaluable. I can see the place crops select to develop and more and more take the view that except I can provide them one thing very related, I’ll simply get pleasure from taking a look at them, fairly than attempting to develop them in my very own backyard. On condition that I’ve what the native property brokers name ‘a sea glimpse’ from my desk, most mountain crops are non-starters. However, to contradict what I’ve simply stated, there may be now one plant within the backyard, Arenaria montana, that I first noticed rising on a shady financial institution within the Picos. I noticed pots of the self similar plant whereas slurping by way of the mud on the (moist and windy however in any other case pleasant) Cottesbrooke Plant Fair and now have two potted up on my doorstep. Once they end flowering I’ll give them a hair lower and stand them someplace cool and shady till subsequent spring.