Blue Lake Road in July

A grassy path leads between the borders to a second arch in the hornbeam hedge. Another secret path meanders back beneath a beautiful birch tree growing in the nextdoor garden, which creates dry shade in summer, so Sally cut a meandering path through it and put in drought tolerant plants such as euphorbia, ornamental grasses, hellebores, hardy geraniums and, somewhat surprisingly, some sedums. It is clear that Sally loves nurturing plants, growing annuals such as marguerites, castor oil plant and nasturtiums from seed, for spot colour in summer. 'I love finding unexpected seedlings when plants have seeded themselves — if they are in a suitable spot, I leave them be, but if not, I find them a new home.'

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