Day 218: meadow textures

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year

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There’s nothing natural about this meadow-style planting, but the combination so enchanted me when I came across it in the Cottage Garden at Wisley a couple of summers ago that I return repeatedly to this image. It’s a merry jumble of Ammi majus and pink cosmos, with a deep purple salvia, but as so often in summer schemes its the flowers on the grass that add the texture and... chewiness (I can’t think of a more appropriate word) to the whole effect. As far as I can work out, it’s wild barley, Hordeum jubatum, though I’m happy to be corrected. A combination that shouldn’t be too hard to achieve next year.


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Hello! I’m Andrew, gardener, writer, photographer, and owner of a too-loud laugh, and I’m so pleased you’ve found your way to Gardens, weeds & words. You can read a more in-depth profile of me on the About page, or by clicking this image.