Sunday, 6 July 2014

Planting Yorkshire Yellow

Buphthalmum salicifolium 'Dora'

I find it very strange that 'Dora' is offered by only a couple of UK nurseries - it's a really good, long-flowering plant.

'Dora' is a useful front of border plant. The Settrington sheep have not been painted yellow.
It seems improbable that anyone has failed to notice, but this weekend Yorkshire has hosted the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, with scenes of extraordinary enthusiasm all along the route. Le Tour Yorkshire didn't come close to here, and I had to be elsewhere this weekend anyway, but it was wonderful to watch the race unfurling through glorious scenery further west.

There have been all sorts of schemes for local participation, with gardeners being exhorted to 'plant Yorkshire yellow'. I am not altogether comfortable with yellow in my garden palette, so I haven't done anything different to normal, but here are a few yellow flowers from my garden this week - all composites, almost inevitably.

Unnamed yellow Achillea selection.

Argyranthemum 'Jamaica Primrose', the true plant at last.

Dahlia 'Paso Doble'. It will be interesting to hear visitors' reactions to this one.

Hopefully the disc centres contribute sufficient yellow to count for this purpose: Anthemis 'Tinpenny Sparkle'.

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