|Happy Smiling Sunflowers!
My mind more than most it has to be said! Am I walking around in a surreal softly focused hazy watercolour? Wonderful is the British Landscape. And as I swallow huge volumes of Kentish air particles – that sooth my gardener’s lungs – I stumble into a place called the World Garden – And my ever widening smile broadens my lips. My smile engulfs my whole now newly contoured face as I approach the North American section of the Garden. Why? – Because I’m standing in front of a mass of dancing, chirpy, south facing faces. The Sunflowers! Wowsers they cheer you up! If you’re ever down in the dumps lay your retinas on a sunflower!
And the range of colour from hues of pale – rich yellow in the above mentioned to a delicious peach in the multi-headed Helianthus ‘Peach Passion’ to Helianthus ‘Earthwalker’ (pictured above and also multi-headed) – which has outstanding hues ranging diversely in the rich orange to deep terracotta and brown range – fabulous!!!
My favourite though faithful bloggers has got to be Helianthus ‘Magic Roundabout’ with a pinkish-red centre and pale yellow tips – So psychedelic! I promise – you’ll never put on a long sad face ever again after you’ve cultivated these cheery plant chlorophyll endowed souls!
And lastly dear bloggers, we have our Dahlia weekend this coming Sat/Sun at Lullingstone (14th & 15th August) – with guided tours of the floriferous World Garden with me and Mr Jon Wheatley – A world’s authority on the genus Dahlia. They’ll also be free food samples being given away from our own home grown vegetables – To miss this would be just plain silly!!!