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Roof Garden Diary – August 2012

The weather may have improved, but this August  we have no flowering yucca and no butterflies in New Lanark Roof Garden!  However, the lavender has braved the rain and the lovely bell-shaped flowers of penstemons add a touch of crimson.  Meadowsweet, which also grows wild in watery meadows, has tall scented heads of fluffy white flowers, and the flowerheads of santolina shine out like yellow buttons.  All these plants are attractive to the bees and hoverflies that appear whenever the weather is fine.   The swallows are still around.  Down below in the mill lade, small yellow monkey flowers are growing wild along with water mint and marsh forget-me-nots. The water-loving plants have had a great summer! 

In flower this month  – Lavender, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria), lavender cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus), Philadelphus coronarius ‘Aureus’, clematis, Himalayan honeysuckle and various grasses.



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Roof Garden Diary – July 2012

Either it has been raining heavily or a gentle misty smirr has enveloped New Lanark Roof Garden. In the constant wet conditions, the flowers have struggled, but the old cottage garden favourites have done best. In the troughs there are bright purple cushions of thyme beside spikes of blue lavender. The lovely pale pink rose ‘Penelope’ is covered in flowers with more buds to come and tall spires of foxgloves and meadow rue give soft colour and height to the garden. Even in the rain, the honeysuckle twining around the wooden owl’s plinth is sweet-scented. Also known as woodbine, honeysuckle appears in Shakespeare’s magical play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” where it forms a canopy over the sleeping Fairy Queen! So bring your umbrella and enjoy!
Click here for details of summer events. In flower : thyme, lavender, sage, astrantia, honeysuckle, lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’, rosa ‘Penelope’.

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