Some Welcome Self-Sets!
The weeds have been growing faster than I’ve been able to keep up with, but now I’m on holiday and their days are numbered. They are self-sets that have arrived uninvited and always unwanted; some become a life long garden pest like ground elder, bindweed and couch grass.
Occasionally some self-sets are appreciated and this year its so good to see a few that have appeared all related to plants that I’ve previously planted but disappeared.
A few months ago I noticed in a slightly shady spot a silvery leafed plant appear, I was tempted to remove it, but it was growing healthily and not obstructing anything else so I decided to keep it. It’s a rose campion, Lychnis coronaria with very bright magenta flowers and looks lovely growing next to the variegated ivy with some white shasta daisies about to flower nearby. A new cultivar of it appeared this year named ‘Gardeners’ World’ with amazing deep red double flowers and growing to a height of about two feet in most well-drained soils in sun or part shade.
Another pleasant surprise is seeing two campanulas, one with blue flowers and the other pink, both have different shaped flowers. Campanula persicifolia and Campanula punctata are past purchases that had disappeared many years ago. Its funny how plants just seem to creep up on you because I only noticed the pink one when I saw the flowers. I bought it as Campanula punctata f. rubra, its managed to squeeze through and find its place in the middle of a yellow flowering Coreopsis ‘Zagreb’ whose buds are just opening, a pretty pink phlox, a finished poppy and a well-budded day lily almost about to reveal itself.
Finally a tall white geranium is growing through an erect variegated Buddleja davidii ‘Harlequin’ and another next to Spiraea japonica ‘Anthony Waterer’ that just looks amazing with a pink striped clematis growing through it, both geraniums have appeared in flower to me and are most likely self-sets from Geranium pratense ‘Mrs Kendall Clark’, a beautiful tall pretty pale violet blue flowering geranium that I planted several years ago.
Lucky for me that nature spotted those little gaps and filled them so beautifully!