A Purple Patch…..

…In Our Front Garden Bed*.


These are just beginning to come out, in the garden bed against the house. I think that they are Salvias, but I am not sure, they were grown from a cutting I was given.

I just love the colour of them up against our Terracotta bricks.

They are coming in to bloom to replace the Hydrangeas which occupy the same bed, that have browned off in the heat of summer and been pruned back.


The last time they looked any good was New Years Eve, when I cut most of the blooms off before the mercury hit 42 degrees C (107.6 degrees F). The hydrangeas get the first lot of water from the shower, (that cold stuff that comes out while you wait for the water to warm up) almost every morning, except when it rains.

* Purple patch seems to mean different things in different countries. I have always understood it to mean a period of excellent performance, where nearly everything seems to go right, work properly, and contrasting with a more general lower level of performance, but to some it means period of ostentatiously erratic or bad behaviour.

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