Last week I was lucky enough to visit Julie of Peony and Posies and tour her large cuttings garden; I certainly envy the space she has for her cut flowers. At present tulips are the main attraction and I took away some ideas for which tulips I would like to grow next year. Thank you Julie for welcoming us into your home and garden; it was the perfect beginning to our short trip to Suffolk. I am a little late joining Julie for her review but it will help me in future if I post this month.
You will notice the plural! I needed to plant out many of the small plants before leaving for a very quick visit to the UK last week, so I decided which of the vegetable beds I might be able to spare, at least for a while. I’m kidding myself, now the flowers are in, they’ll stay until they finish flowering, which may hopefully be autumn for some of them.
The wall flowers are producing huge numbers of flowers; I should probably be picking more to make sure the show continues. In the same bed, sweet William are just opening and will I’m sure make an appearance in a vase on Monday very soon; squeezed in by the side of the Sweet William are some Alliums that are already showing fat buds. I have planted some rooted cuttings of a green carnation, some of these also had buds but I removed them to encourage the plants to fill out and make stronger plants. There are also two varieties of orange Cosmos, Polidor and Millennium.
The bed behind the wall flower bed is the Asparagus/sunflower bed, the sunflowers have enjoyed being released from their pots and have grown a lot in just a few days. In the Asparagus bed, which is of course producing regular spears this year, it must have heard me say that it was going to have to go, I planted some ‘Lucifer’ and various sun flowers.
Where 5 Leylandii were removed last year I have planted some bulbs into the ground (including Gladioli) and used the space for some pots for bulbs that need better soil than this spot supplies at present, hopefully with time I’ll be able to add more organic material to improve the conditions.
Actually they are probably ready now! The Viburnum in the foreground was new last autumn, I’m pleased to see so many flowers in its first year.
Ami majus, larkspur, Antirrhinum, Bell’s of Ireland and Daucus carota’ Black Knight’ are all growing steadily.
In the existing bed, a selection of white Dahlias has been planted between two rows of Narcissus. The permanent planting of Knautia, Aster ‘Mònch’, and Aster ‘Monte Casino’ are already growing well as is an Alstroemeria plant that I left in the ground over winter not really thinking it would survive.
Last year’s parsley has been removed because it was going to seed (more has been planted in another bed with new rainbow chard and swede). Last year’s chard will continue for a few more weeks if I keep cropping it, but on one side of that bed is space for more Cosmos and Ami majus, when the chard comes out I may plant Rudbeckia there. Sorry no images!
I am excited about the flowers to come and about how much I am learning from this experience. If you haven’t done so already do visit Julie to read all about her plans for this year.