…. should never be seen. Or so they say, actually I think it looks quite effective!
Author Archives: offtheedgegardening
Jekyll and Hyde
No one’s perfect, few plants are either. This is Rhus typhina or the Stag’s Horn Sumach, native of North America. With stunning autumn colour, velour stems and pyramids of crimson fruit, this is its time to shine, the time we are reminded why we love this small tree. The vigourous rhizomes that pop up mini-me’sContinue reading “Jekyll and Hyde”
Late flowerers are most welcome in the garden, their stubborn presence temporarily holding back the inevitable march of winter. Of course early, mid and continual blooms are not to be sniffed at, but at this time of the year it is not the stalwarts or the eager beavers but the loiterers that are celebrated. ThisContinue reading “Lagging Behind”
Carpobrotus edulis – Hottentot Fig
Just to prove the maxim “right plant, right place” this Carpobrotus edulis is thriving on the North Devon dunes. The Hottentot Fig’s ability to grow in places that would appear inhospitable to the majority of sensible flora has allowed it to become invasive in places as far reaching as New Zealand and the Mediterranean. ItContinue reading “Carpobrotus edulis – Hottentot Fig”
Mono Part Four – Hero
Right hand woman, voice of reason, human valium, comfort blanket, cake magician, horticultural psychiatrist, partner in crime, patience in human form, giggle monitor, my lovely friend, Hero.
Mono Part Three – Shadow Dance
Earlier today myself and Hero were asked by Superbaz to walk across the lawn on the up stripes and back on the down stripes. After we stopped laughing at his impertinence I gave him a Chinese burn. He will miss me so much.
Mono Part Two – Fern
Day Two of my black and white series features one of my favourite ferns, Woodwardia radicans or the European Chain Fern. This striking evergreen is called the Chain Fern as it very cunningly forms mini root balls at the end of each frond, as the tip touches the ground they root themselves into the soilContinue reading “Mono Part Two – Fern”
I have been challenged to take some black and white photographs. Never one to turn down a dare, unless it involves wing walking or baked beans, I thought it might be fun to give it a go. So I adjusted my faithful “point and shoot” to Monochrome Magic (or some such setting) and ventured forthContinue reading “Monochrome Set”
Plump, pink, perfect! Like a middle aged Barbie.
Brugmansia sanguinea – Red Angel Trumpet
No, I haven’t been on a short break trekking in the Andes, this photograph was taken yesterday in exotic North Devon. This is Brugmansia sanguinea, a glamorous member of the Solonaceae family, relative of the potato, tomato and aubergine. The Red Angel Trumpet is tougher than it looks, although it will crumple dramatically if frosted,Continue reading “Brugmansia sanguinea – Red Angel Trumpet”