Purple Wellies

One woman's musings of plant lust for intoxicating blooms

Not the way I planned it!

My husband and I, well more me really, as he is never that keen, have opened our garden previously for our local village garden safari raising money for the village hall. We’ve done this about four times. I’ve always thought what would it be like to open for the Yellow Book (National Garden Scheme) and had always assumed one day I would contact them when I believed our garden could warrant people spending 45 minutes perusing and critiquing the borders!

Impatiens - supermarket bedding or an ideal bed mate!

Last year I purchased two varieties of hardy Impatiens to help prolong the season of interest from summer into autumn in our garden. Impatiens, like many plants, have got themselves a bad reputation. Impatiens glandulifera, or Himalayan balsalm  has become a nuisance along riverbanks and on waste ground with its exploding seed pods.

Not such a shady character

If you are a lover of ferns, but find your garden is too sunny and dry for them, then maybe you need to explore this genus a little deeper. Ferns are an incredibly large and diverse group of plants, having colonised nearly every continent on the planet.