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  1. I caught my breath when I saw your woodland area! So lush and full of blooms! I envy your cooler temps and rain, though we have had better weather in July than our extremely hot, dry June. Brunnera is a plant I have long admired, though I question its ability to tolerate our heat. Still, it is so beautiful, I think I must give it a try!

  2. I like your Jack Frost, Alistair. If it’s anything like green brunnera it may make surprise appearances in many places in your garden. I tend to welcome them with those pretty (even when just green) leaves and delicate flowers. I have foxglove seedlings growing, to plant out in the fall– I just can’t resist after seeing images like yours!

  3. Alistair I have several Brunnera that have different veining or coloring on their leaves and I adore them…They do love the shade and perform best in wetter conditions for me. How lovely that your blooms hung on for so long and some nice blooms and lush foliage all over your gardens especially the foxgloves. I only have blooms that love hot dry weather and many have faded or never occurred like in spring….these are conditions I am just not used to. I cannot remember a drought like this.

    • Donna, I think the very high temperatures and drought conditions would be even more of a challenge than what I am always complaining of. Ah well the sun has come out at last and feeling comfortably mild.

  4. Alistair – I enjoyed your brunnera story. I love forget-me-nots so the flowers are more than a bonus.

    It seems that the weather this year has ruined the roses, but it’s been fantastic for the foxgloves. I’m not complaining.

    • I really am looking for some improvement in the weather b-a-g it has been miserable for two months now. Aberdeen may not get very high temperatures but as a rule is normally the sunniest city in Scotland.

  5. Hey my friend,
    I know Jack and planting more this year. He and his buddy ajuga are only true blues on the prairie.
    Best,
    Patrick

  6. Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ is one of my all-time favorite shade plants. Your photographs are superb. Love your woodland garden. I haven’t been in my woodland walk since a neighbor spotted a 600lb black bear coming out of it.

  7. I have to say that your Brunnera is certainly all around. Foliage-wise and in terms of flowering, too. Your woodland is so lush and I see you’ve posted my favorite part of your garden, the back part.

    • There is a lot going on in the main border of the back garden Bom, although the very cool Summer which we are having is making many of the the plants reluctant to bloom.

  8. Like Bom, I too think Brunnera is a all round plant. I think it is pretty in flower, much nicer than Heuchera and Hosta. Maybe because the flowers are blue!

  9. Loved your Jack Frost, the leaves reminds me a bit of my Lamiums (Hermann’s Pride), I think Jack Frost might be suitable for my woodland corner – haven’t got a woodland garden, only a corner! Although it is quite dry in normal summers, when did we last have a ‘normal’ summer?? Anyway, loved it, would like to try it!

  10. Your Brunnera is certainly well loved by everybody. Is it a tuber like the colocasia? It seems it performs the opposite of plants we have in the tropics, getting to be lighter and yellowish if more exposed to sun. Even just as foliage it is awesome. When you said it is like forget-me-not, the more i love it. I saw forgetmenot only once in Sweden and it is so dainty.

  11. I love the subtle bright leaf colours on the Jack Frost and the Hydrangea Petiolaris is one of my favourites. Neither would grow in my garden because they need more moisture than they could rely on. But we both have forget me nots! I would love to see the Jack Frost in flower.

  12. Hi Alistair, I looked at that mini-weather forecast on your blog and thought my, you are on the cool side there in Aberdeen. The hottest day we had last week was 36.3! Most days the temperature has hovered around 30. Some people like the heat, but not me! It zaps my energy. I look forward to cooler days.
    I too added Brunnera Jack Frost last year and agree the foliage is superb. The drought here isn’t suiting it though and I have to water it to keep it going. Love your hydrangea. Mine refuses to bloom in such profusion.

  13. wow Alistair, that hydrangea petiolaris is a dream to me! You don’t know how much I’d like to see half of that specimen on my house… unfortunately I don’t have any shady corner…
    I love your brunnera, I bought an Hdspen Cream last spring which I positioned under the cherry trees: shady but very dry and in fact the new leaves reversed to plain green. Nevermind, at least it survived and it’s quite enough for me now!
    Your garden looks very lush and pretty, all that rain made good to it!

    PS: roses are very promiscuous sometimes and people who catalogue them in this or that category might have been a little too… straight sometimes. Portlands are damask roses crossed with centifolias (the reblooming one) and maybe a china or something like that. They are a little bastards indeed… I mean a fig could be an apple if you like to call it so but the fruit remain the same.

  14. I really like climbing hydrangea and am currently in negotiations for getting one for the house (as the other half doesn’t like it). I hear they take a while to get going but I’ve seen some really large specimens on houses that look stunning when in flower.

  15. I never seen anything like this.
    Truly it would win anyones heart to be a favourite plant – Brunnera Jack Frost going so well together with its blue flowers.

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