Sarah Coles

PAINTING PARADISE

Sacred sanctuary, place for scientific study, haven for solitude and thought, or just a space for sociable delights?  Children’s playground, sculpture park?   For me it’s all of these but essentially a private place where I grow plants and sow seeds, I weed and exult over a plant I’d thought lost, I interact with nature – I’m forgetfully at one with it.  I put my arms round the birch, my lady of the woods.  Like plants and trees stretching out new shoots, I stretch out my fingers to the sun.  In the old days I used to dance naked in the garden at night.  My garden is the nearest I get...
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SEDUM BLISS

No Chelsea Flower Show this year – the cloud of Covid still hangs over us. But the 2019 RHS Plant of the year was Sedum takimense Atlantis, and I bought two, and this summer Atlantis in its pot has been glorious, white and pale green shoots topped by flurries of tiny gold flowers.  In sun for only half the day, it has flowered for weeks and been a consolation for everything.  This photo I am sorry to say was taken towards the end of its glory.  The other Atlantis, in the front of a border, has not been happy.  I moved it to a pot. Now, to propagate Atlantis.  The happy fact of sedums is that...
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