I stepped out of the back door this morning and realized that the sun was just in the right place to really light up the Pink Muhly grass in the island bed, so naturally I stopped what I was doing and dashed back inside to get my camera.
I'm really happy with the way the island bed has developed this year. The daylilies have been blooming profusely all year, after doing nothing at all last year.
And the Zinnia
"Profusion" has lived up to its name and self seeded generously
throughout the bed, much to the delight of the bees.
I call the bed a "happy mess", but there are a couple of things I need to make decisions on, such as this
mystery plant that has
self-seeded in the middle of the bed. I have no idea what it is, but you can see it's crowding the Muhly grass and the Hamelia patens.
I was also surprised earlier this year to see a baby Vitex growing in the bed. It's a couple of feet tall now, and blooming, but I'm debating on whether or not to let it stay there. The Vitex in the back border is hugely overgrown and I do not want this one taking over the entire island bed, to the expense of everything else.
One of the things I love most about the island bed is that I can lie in bed on weekend mornings, and see it right outside the window of our master bedroom "retreat" :-)
Words and photographs by Jayne Wilson, Green and Serene, Jayne's Country Garden.