Today’s featured plant is Phlox paniculata Franz Schubert
One of the select varieties from Blooms of Bressingham. This one named by Allan Bloom after his favourite composer.
A country garden favourite which attracts the butterflies and bees. Over the years I have found that this particular Phlox performs better and outshines the rest.
The sweetly scented lilac flowers are borne on stems 3ft tall, a long flowering period from late July till late September makes this one a favourite with many gardeners. Another bonus with Franz Schubert is its resistance to powdery mildew which affects many of the perennial Phlox. Depending on the light, the flowers seem to change colour from pink to a very blue/lilac hue
Keep well watered in Summer and mulch with well rotted garden compost or manure in Spring.
After several years in the same position your Phlox will benefit greatly by lifting and dividing. It couldn’t be simpler. Simply, in Spring dig up the plant and then very firmly with the spade, slice the plant into three or four sections. Replant, one in the original position and the other two or three wherever it takes your fancy. see the results in Summer.
Position – Full sun/Part shade
Height – 90cm/3ft
At the top of my Homepage I have a link (Aberdeen Gallery) This is where I have placed pictures of Aberdeen landmarks. Well not exactly, at the moment the pictures are those taken by flicker members. Now that I have a decent camera I will build up my own catalogue of photos and remove the flicker ones. Here is a few which I took recently.
Aberdeen Town House
Built between 1867 and 1873 a very prominent granite building designed by the architects Peddie and Kinnear.
Aberdeens Marischal College was founded in 1593 the current grand building was erected between 1836 and 1906. Part of the building was designed by the great architect Archibald Simpson. It was extended between 1895 and 1906 designed by Alexander Marshall Mackenzie and is the second largest granite building in the world, the largest being The Escorial Palace, outside Madrid.
The building at the moment is under major refurbishment and is to be the new headquarters of Aberdeen City Council. This has caused much controversy at a time of serious cutbacks. The original cost of the refurbishment was to be 80 million pounds, quite a furore erupted and they managed to get the cost down to 65 million.
Salvation Army Citadel built to the design of the Architect James Soutter in 1896.
The granite building above was designed by Archibald Simpson in 1842 an housed the North of Scotland Bank. It is now a pub! Archibald Simpson was the most prominent architect in Aberdeen and completed a number of very fine buildings. Whilst other city’s in Scotland built with sandstone may show there age, Aberdeen was built with granite from the city’s famous Rubislaw quarry, resulting in the city sparkling when the sun shines.
Bridge of Dee
Aberdeens Bridge of Dee, built between 1520/1527. The bridge was built following a bequest of £20.000 by Bishop William Elphinstone who died in 1514 before work actually commenced. Bishop Gavin Dunbar completed the work under the cerical master of works Maister Alexander Galloway. The bridge was widened in 1840 on the west side with most of the original facings being replaced.