They didn’t ALL die!

by AnneWareham on May 14, 2015

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Some of you kind people will remember my distress last year when my euphorbias, the biggest joy (well, maybe) of Veddw in May, started dying last summer. I thought I’d lost the lot. See here. Then come springa few began to reappear. And now some of them are back!

Euphorbia at Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_0627

This photo was taken in pouring rain so lacks the right glow..but!

And – there may be a small bonus to all that distress (and it really was distress – First World Problems..)

Euphorbia at Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_0626


There are spaces that were not there before…… Aha – so I can sneak in some more late summer goodies before the euphorbia colonises it all again. Yes!

Euphorbia at Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_0628



And –

Euphorbia at Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham SAM_0632

You’ll note that I bought some new ones (definitely Euphorbia griffithii ‘Dixterthis time – the others are mostly Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’). There it is – in the middle. (well, it’s tough when not poorly, isn’t it?)

So next year there will be a glow in all the beds of the front garden.

And some goodies for later in them all too. (fingers crossed – weather and disease and rabbits permitting)

To put you on till then:

Euphorbia griffithii 'Fireglow' Late May 2014 Veddw Copyright Anne Wareham 058

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Katherine Crouch May 14, 2015 at 7:19 pm

cor! I love the swathes of purple lime green and tan orange! one of my favourite colour combinations.

AnneWareham May 14, 2015 at 7:21 pm

You are just nice, is all.

Katherine Crouch May 14, 2015 at 10:58 pm

nice. , , , now that is not a compliment, coming from you!

AnneWareham May 15, 2015 at 8:37 am

“Giving pleasure or satisfaction; pleasant or attractive” – what’s not to like. It’s a word I like. Could do with more use of nice and less of the word that is taking over from it – lovely…… More nice gardens?

Katherine Crouch May 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

I like to be positive!
But I still don’t like Carex pendula!

AnneWareham May 14, 2015 at 8:09 pm

Beautiful and under rated plant that. Especially by some major garden designers….

Katherine Crouch May 14, 2015 at 10:57 pm

ouch! I don’t mind it on our local cycle path through the railway cutting, nor on the far side of a river holding a bank up. It’s a menace in small gardens. Chasmanthium latifolium for me. Used by some discerning garden designers. . .

AnneWareham May 15, 2015 at 8:36 am

It’s all very well sowing your wild oats, but we don’t all have small gardens, and even some of those that do can enjoy a strong, evergreen grass which is generous in its seeding. And if you need to pull a seedling up, comes sweet as pie. XXxx

Paul Steer May 14, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Opportunity rather than disaster? How about the yew hedge – has the drainage saved it ? Went to Levens Hall yesterday – they are repairing some yew loss and beech hedge there. Bold because it will take years to blend in – but I admired the honesty of it, and it felt more like a real garden.

AnneWareham May 14, 2015 at 10:23 pm

I guess I should see it that way – and I learned about a vulnerability in plants (a fungus, of course) that I had no idea about! The yew has not yet shown any robust sign of new growth but the rest of the hedge seems all right and may fill the gap. Have stopped feeling terrified we’ll lose the lot.

Er… we now have holly blight. Ever heard of holly blight?????

Love Levens. Regeneration is a painful process, I think….

Katherine Crouch May 15, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Well I am pleasant – and attractive, in a certain light. Probably twilight. Perhaps we need more words to describe gardens we like?

AnneWareham May 15, 2015 at 3:17 pm

Absolutely. And while we’re at it, let’s abolish absolutely?

Katherine Crouch May 15, 2015 at 6:01 pm


Amy Murphy June 1, 2015 at 11:29 am

Good news.