Sadly, the flower seeds I planted back in late April have done diddly squat.
In desperation, and because Sarah Raven has an offer on at the moment (ends this Monday, so be quick!), I’ve treated myself to some seedlings. We are super busy at the moment, and I can’t bare another year without anything decent to cut; to be fair, there is always something from the big border, at least, but I want pretty flowers in the raised beds this year, to brighten up the vegetable patch.
I’ve gone for the Amethyst and Sapphire Mix, which contains:
- Anchusa ‘Blue Angel’ (Alkinet)
- Centaurea ‘Blue Boy’ (Cornflower)
- Verbena bonariensis
- Salvia viridis ‘Blue’ (Blue Clary)
- Chrysanthemum ‘Blenda Purple’
- Chrysanthemum ‘Bella Orange’
- Chrysanthemum ‘Bruno Bronze’
- Chrysanthemum ‘Littleton Red’
- Chrysanthemum ‘Smokey Purple’
- Chrysanthemum ‘Payton Blaze Red’
Clearly these images are from the Sarah Raven website, I’m hoping that’s OK (let me know if it’s not, anyone from the SR team), but as always, I think it’s easier for me to understand the flowers from images and not necessarily the names. I do know many plant names, but certainly not the subtle colour differences within the variety, so I often email myself the plant order details, with an attached image when I buy something for easy reference.
Some wild flower plugs I ordered from Thompson & Morgan have arrived, they are going to have to be planted up in a tray whilst I wait for the moss killer to do its stuff. I also bought some wild flower seeds, ready to try to create a little meadow patch in the lawn – we’re really going for it this year (or am I trying to avoid mowing some of our half-acre?!).
The side border is looking splendid as the alliums begin to open. Shame about the rabbit fence! I’m kicking myself for not taking week by week photos of how things have developed so far here this year, as it would be a good record of my attempt at successional planting. The top border is looking very green but not a lot else. I must add new bulbs, especially alliums, in September.
Finally, we have big plans for the garden, we’ve just decided to tidy the entire of the road side edge. This is a HUGE undertaking, as it’s riddled with self sewn saplings, ivy climbing everywhere, a low crumbling wall on the far side and many brambles. It’s also the border to quite a busy rat-run road, so we plan to cut everything back and put a fence along the edge. Although the huge fir trees mean our garden is very private, it’ll be nice to know it’s also secure. We then plan to cut all the lower branches off the firs to give quite a lot of new floor space, I hope to plant more bluebells (I put a few in years ago), wild garlic and maybe some wood anemone to create a mini woodland area for the boys to play in.
Oh it’s going to look so pretty, given time and quite a bit of money, but it’ll be worth it 🙂