After the long, hot, dry summer when even the most drought tolerant plants aren’t looking at their best it takes me a while to start enjoying the garden again. The only things that keep me interested in summer are the vegetable garden and the cut flower beds.This autumn has been very wet (I’m not complaining) since almost the beginning of September there has been some rain most weeks and often when it has rained it has truly poured.
Today was a gloriously sunny day after a completely grey day yesterday. The sun was warm this afternoon so I decided it was time I got cracking planting the bulbs which arrived 16th September. The tulips are all in the fridge chilling, I want them to have 10 ten weeks minimum chilling if I can, which will be the first week in December. Today I planted 55 hyacinth bulbs. I chose two different mixes from Peter Nyssen ‘Berry Fruits’ and ‘Ocean Wave ‘; I’m looking forward to seeing them flower and to the scent which should fill the garden. I also planted 25 snowdrops; I know everyone always recommends planting in the green but I never organise myself to place the order at the right time so I thought I would try some bulbs now; I’ve planted them in the bed under Rosa mutablis because I know I’ll see them there, as that’s close to where the cars are parked.
This morning I showed Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’ in the Large Island and Kate at Barnhouse Garden noticed that it appeared very upright; I have to say that more much of the summer there were no flowers and it was flopped over but with the rain it is looking much better and pinker than I ever remember it being in other years.
Here’s the one planted in what was the small island with the light shining through it beautifully.
There are some fallen stems, but mostly the flowering stems are wafting rather beguilingly in the slightest breeze.