Think pink! – part two
I’m back as promised! What could be pinker than a rose? The change in weather made the Zéphirine Drouhin (a bourbon rose) bloom again. She does it in flushes during the season, she is thornless and vigorous and the scent is fantastic (or terrific, as somebody would say).
Buds and new foliage are very nice colored too
I see pink in a supposed to be pale yellow salvia too. Maybe it’s the grey light we have in latter days… You judge:
‘Navajo’ is a very reliable salvia, long flowering and fully hardy if kept in well drained soil. I have it on the boundary area between the grasses garden and the gravel yard. Actually that is an area fully stolen to the gravel yard, so the soil is 80% gravel. Perfect for salvias and stipas.
Talking about gravel… I have this nice alcea (even if it looks closer to a lavatera) that I planted a couple of months ago in the future gravel garden. Very nice apricot tinge, I dared to put it next to a red rosa chinensis ‘Sanguinea’ which is still very small but the colors might work together.
Moving towards the cherry trees I have my little hydrangea collection with lots of pinks (you need acidic soil to turn them blue).
Meanwhile the a hydrangea paniculata ‘Vanilla et Fraise’ started turning more ‘fraise’ than ‘vanilla’.
Dried flowers resist all winter on the plant. This green fly seems to appreciate them. It’s supposed to be a fungus that forms all those pinkish red spots on hydrangea flowers.
Just a while ago I’ve planted underneath the cherry trees a couple of plants of another hydrangea paniculata: ‘Pinky Winky’ flowers are less crowded here and they will last shorter.
Not so far I have this small ‘Preziosa’ which flourish light pink and then turn pinkish brown. It’s really an hydrangea I wouldn’t give up.
Another nice one is the lacecap ‘Rotschwanz’ (it’s the german for redbreast). They had this time in Germany when all the new macrophylla selections were named after birds…
Anyway I think that ‘Nigra’ is really one of the most particular hydrangeas. It could be pink as well as blue (depending on soil) and all new stems are very dark browny black. I think you could use dried foliage to make a tea but I’m not sure which variety is the best (or the only actually…). I drank hydrangea tea a few years ago during a visit at the hydrangeas garden at Villa Serra in Genova. Very interesting garden and Tudor style villa. The tea sucks anyway.
I’m finished with pinks at the moment. I have quite a little of them considering it’s not really my favorite color…