Spiky Squares

During the month of March, Becky, Queen of the Square format, is back. This month she would like to see anything spiky, jagged, bristly, serrated, prickly or barbed in whatever interpretation you like. The only rule: it must be a square.
March Squares

Bristly and prickly Eryngium (amethyst sea holly) seed-heads and spiny leaves


October gives us seed-heads

September’s colourful borders give way to seed heads and dying foliage in silvery greys and browns often silhouetted in the misty late autumn light.

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows
are in the seeds of today”

~an Indian proverb

So what do you like best in October?

Silver Dollars

Honesty (Lunaria annua) is an annual which has lovely spikes of purple or white flowers in summer. In winter the seed pods are round (moon-shaped) and when the skin drops off to release the seeds, a lovely silver disc is left. Called ‘The Money Plant’, ‘Silver Dollars’, or ‘Chinese coins’.

Phlomis Russeliana

This plant hails from Turkey where it grows in the wild. It flowers from May – September with multi tiered bi-coloured flowers. Russeliana is in honour of Dr Alexander Russell (c. 1715 – 1839), author of a natural History of Aleppo.

I like the intriguing structure of its faded multi-storey flower spikes which add a new dimension to the garden in the autumn and winter months.


Autumn Beauty: Clematis

Clematis orientalis ‘Bill MacKenzie’ and other tangutica varieties flower from early to midsummer. ‘Bill MacKenzie’ goes on looking good with lemon-coloured, lemon-peel-textured flowers and then their spidery, puffball seed heads into the late autumn

Cleamtis tangutica

Cleamtis tangutica