Cimicifuga Racemosa Atropurpurea new name Actaea
Always keen to share with you, plants that perform particularly well in our garden in North East Scotland.
Stunning deep red/black foliage, with white flower spikes towering six to eight feet tall. The butterflies just love this fully hardy plant which is also scented.
In our garden it grows in excess of seven feet, In spite of its height,don’t think that you have to place this beauty at the back of the border. The beautiful foliage only grows to about seventy centimetres tall with the airy flower spikes towering above, allowing you to see through the stems.
Our Cimicifuga had a good spot right at the front of the main border, where it looked outstanding, the major re jigging of the back garden ended up with the Cimisifuga being relocated to the round garden, where it is now looking very pleased with itself.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Common name – Bugbane
Height – 6/7ft
Position – Partial shade
Most gardeners enjoy reading books on the subject, I can understand why. Remembering back when I first got interested on what was to become a lifetime hobby and passion, I couldn’t get enough information on the topic. Nowadays I am more than content with keeping up to date with what’s going on with my fellow garden bloggers.
I still read a lot of books, no high falutin stuff, just novels which I totally lose myself in. Well when I say books, I actually read them on the kindle now. My eyesight isn’t quite so good these days and the ability to change the font size on the kindle is a godsend, thanks for the gift, Audra, Martin and my grandson Curtis. What do I like, well, plenty Dean Koontz, James Herbert and Stephen King, I know! very other worldly stuff, but hey I have never had pretences of being an intelectual. My latest author which I cant get enough of at the moment is Peter James, absolutely spellbinding. For the past six or seven years he has been writing a series of books revolving around the detective work of Roy Grace, a fictitious character of course. His first novel in this series (Dead Simple) was published in 2005. review So far there has been seven books published in this series, with another two ready in the pipeline for publishing this year. The books actually hold their own as stand alone reads, however a better understanding of the characters is much more satisfying if you work your way through them in order from book one. Detective superintendent Roy Grace based in Brighton is a likeable character who was left all but destroyed when his wife disappeared eight years ago, is she still alive, is she all that she seemed? Look out for this fantastic novels being turned into a television series. For the running sequence and much more, check this link
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