This dreamy wonder is Salvia patens “Holbrook”. We brought this plant at Sampford Shrubs last summer and it really is a special plant. It stayed in the ground throughout last winter, with its obligatory bracken mulch, but with the prospect of early frosts I don’t think we will be let off so easily this year. Unfortunately its life expectancy is decreasing rapidly. On a positive note, we have several rooted cuttings in the greenhouse so it wouldn’t be the end of the world if it succumbed. I would much prefer it if they all survived but as I was often told as a child “What you want and what you get are two completely different things”.
It was extremely windy in the garden this afternoon. A lavatera on the lawn beds has recently bitten the dust (literally) due to previous gales breaking if off at the base. I have discarded the tragically limp shrub but optimistically left the root in the ground in the hope it may have another go. As I was often told as a child “If you can’t fight wear a hat”. I never understood what that meant.