The Perennial plant Crambe Maritima also known as Sea-kale is commonly found on shingle beaches.
The large bluish-green leaves and the flowering stems which are two feet tall are topped by creamy white honey scented blooms, the structural shape of the plant, especially the leaves, has made it popular with garden designers.
I did at first find this plant a great addition to the Summer garden, however by the third season it was way past its best and not worthy of its place in the border. However, if you accept Maritima as a short lived perennial then there is no reason why it should not be used.
Sea-kale was once extensively cultivated as a vegetable,and coming into fashion once again. The young shoots are blanched under pots to reduce bitterness. They can then be picked and served like spinach.
Sea-kale dislikes acid conditions.
Hardiness – Fully Hardy
Position – Full Sun
Height – 75cm
To be perfectly honest, if you have heard anyone raving about Crambe, more than likely it was Cordifolia that caught their eye.
The first time I saw this plant I was positive that it must be a form of Gypsophila. It is in fact a hardy perennial which grows to a height of seven feet. Leaves are large, dark green and deeply cut. The billowing clouds of small white sweet perfumed flowers are truly magnificent and loved by the bees. I have to say, the leaves smell of cabbage, but hey, so what if it was good enough for Gertrude Jekyll, need I say more.
Choose the planting spot carefully as they do not take kindly to being moved. A sunny spot is essential, Crambe is very drought tolerant and is said to grow where the soil is relatively poor, however the general consensus is to plant in deep, fertile well drained soil. In Autumn cut the plant back to ground level and apply a mulch of good quality garden compost.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Position – Full sun
Flowering – June/July
Height – 200cm/7ft
After constant nag I mean reminding from the house boss, I finally got round to replacing the rickety old fence in the clothes drying area. Finished off with Ronseal forest green
This is the trellis fence between the round garden and the secret garden. Just gave it a coat of wood preserver natural oak. A very long tedious job.
The garden bench is back in position after a little freshen up. This is positioned near the kichen window where I can be observed and timed, (only joking Myra!) Hmm.