WISH LIST for 2012
Escholtzia are so colourful and seed prolifically there’s no need to sow for the following year, however will be trying new variety Peach Sorbet from Thompson & Morgan
Cosmos want lots of clumps of white to keep bed ‘lit up’, will sow more T&M Purity variety
Cornflowers the deep blue ones – need to source these – some coming in 2012
Lots more penstemons to complement the foxgloves, again T&M seeds to sow
Campanulas – low growing to use as edging – need to source these
Must have a clump of these gorgeous blue verbascums from T&M
Have ordered all the seed I need and a lot more, I always order more than I need because I generally find some seeds are more fruitful than others. Have ordered some brassica plants, it will be interesting to see how they fare.
The first plants have arrived – 12 strawberry plants – Malwinnie. I tasted these at the Press Event at Thompson & Morgan in the summer and they were dribblingly good! Will have to think of some surefire way of keeping off the mice, birds and other creatures that know a good strawberry when they find one!
Weather: Don’t know what’s happened to the fog and cold usually associated with November. It’s 21st today and we have been warned we may have some frost this evening. Will be taking in my tender plants, including a precious orchid.
Last year the first frost was on 21 October, we are now almost at the end of October and no sign of cold weather.
Just a case of deadheading and fingers crossed that frost doesn’t come early.
Removed Evening primrose and white foxglove and replaced with a red veined sorrel and an oriental poppy Punch Bowl.
August Purple thyme plants grown from seed, from SowSeeds, planted in the gravel on the drive. I was inspired to green up the drive following a stimulating talk about the need for urban greening at one of the RHS shows in London this spring.
Planted the Verbascum from Thompson & Morgan, Blue Lagoon and Clementine and the large flowered, new dahlia Aztec XXXL.
23 June 2011
Papaver Summer Breeze*, my favourite poppy
7 June 2011
Everlasting Sweet Pea White Pearl* x 3 under the cotoneaster
Sempervivum* at edge x 5 – 23 June – not doing very well at all, probably planted out too soon, will overwinter rest of seedlings to plant next year
These Padparadja pansies* planted on front edge, are probably a mistake – they are so bright! Bugs have attacked the leaves, no sign of flowers
Forever Daisy Gerberas* plug plants, also known as Transvaal Daisy, from Thompson & Morgan have been planted. Each one was named so I was able to plant them to fit in with the overall colour scheme. I have high hopes for those strong growing plants, they are winter hardy and expected to flower strongly year after year.
Replacement dahlias were purchased as last year’s plants didn’t survive my efforts to store them. We chose Preston Park and Moonfire again. Probably put them out too early as they have been very slow to grow. Watering is important.
Some sturdy white lupins from B&Q have been placed near the back wall area
I’m looking forward to seeing the Echinacea* in flower, will use them as cut flowers for indoors too.
About 100 snowdrops in the green were planted in March.
Potash was applied liberally to the dying-back tete a tete miniature narcissi as a feed for next year.
* All plants marked with an asterisk have been either raised from seed or bought as plugs plants from Thompson & Morgan
Plants added 2010 in Our Front Garden
Scabiosa atropurpurea Ebony and Ivory* – Thompson & Morgan grown from seed – only white flowering plants used
Cosmea pink Ayletts Nurseries bought as plants – a firm favourite that bloomed for months until the frost Allowed to seed
Dahlia Garden Party, apricot, Ayletts Nurseries purchased as small plant April 2010
Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff, bright crimson, bronze foliage Ayletts Nurseries, purchased as small plant April 2010
Ayletts Nurseries, purchased as small plant April 2010
Dahlia Ballerina White
Ayletts Nurseries purchased as small plant April 2010
Dahlia Gypsy Boy Ayletts Nurseries purchased as small plant April 2010
Preston Park Ayletts Nurseries purchased as small plant April 2010
Penstemon, white, grown from seed, variety unknown
Ragged Robin Thompson & Morgan grown from seed
Tree Peony Hong Xia pink Thompson & Morgan
Cyclamen coum and neapolitanum, seeds from Thompson and Morgan
Along the house wall:
Flowering Rambler Malvern Hills, Small, double flowers, yellow to cream David Austin Roses, www.davidaustinroses.com
Anemone blanda Garden4You.co.uk
Retained plants: Marigolds, Dahlias: Moonfire, allium, Tete a tete, cowslips, Bergenia, Heuchera purple,
Removed: hollyhocks – rampant rust
Died/eaten by slugs: delphiniums
PLANT LIST 2009
Bergenia, origin unknown
Penstemon Rich Ruby Fields, plants, origin unknown
Nasturtium seeds Thompson & Morgan strewn on garden, germinated quickly
Lavender grown from seedlings given by a neighbour in 1996
Marigolds seeds strewn on garden
Dahlia Moonfire Ayletts Nurseries, three purchased as small plants April 2009, strong growth, prolific blossom
Dahlia Chimbraza Ayletts Nurseries purchased as small plant April 2009
Dahlia Park Princess Ayletts Nurseries purchased as small plant April 2009, left in ground over the winter, didn’t do well in 2010
Heuchera purple leaves, origin unknown
Cosmos Chocolate, plants purchased 2009
Japanese Anemone, plants received from a fellow gardener
Magnolia Stellata a wedding gift, origin unknown
Hellebore White, origin unknown, these got lost beneath the summer growth but bounced back in springtime as did the Pasque flowers
Harlequin poppies – B&Q, loved these, must get some next year
Along the house wall
Red Gladioli Ayletts Nurseries
Foxglove Thompson & Morgan strewn on garden, germinated quickly and seeded themselves prolifically