We are nearly at the end of June and I haven’t yet written about the cut flower beds this year. Of course you’ve seen the results of what is growing in my Monday vases but it is good to share what the beds look like.
The first bed for cut flowers was a long bed near the greenhouse, that has some Dahlias including the very ones ones I planted in 2014, those first two aren’t flowering yet but the white ones I planted in 2015 have been flowering for a few weeks. There are also some new ones planted this year but they are very small; I bought them early but then I didn’t plant them because it was cold; with hindsight I should have potted them up in the greenhouse and then planted them out as strong growing plants instead they were rather shrivelled tubers planted in late April, we will have to wait to see if they will produce any flowers this year.
I also planted Dill in this bed and in the secret garden; I like it and will try some direct sown as I think they will be stronger.
Some of the Chrysanthemums already have buds which means they may flower when I have lots of other things to choose from and be finished when they might be useful.
Moving to the secret garden beds.
I will keep this patch for Larkspur if they self seed for me again this year although I may restrict how much space they have.
Gomphrena glubosa are new for this year, I like their shape and the effect they give in a vase.
A Rudbeckia remains from last year and has masses of flowers; there is also some Nicotiana Lime Green squeezed into the bed.
This is the two tone Dahlia I showed on Monday and several of you asked the name. Looking at my list and checking images on-line I think it is D. Colour Spectacle.
When the Trachelospurnum has fully grown behind the new bench this area will be a haven of colour hidden from the rest of the garden.
Last year the plants were more ordered in the bed; but I have allowed the Verbena to grow where it chooses as it doesn’t need to be on a line of irrigation tube it adds exuberance to the bed. I’ve also fitted in Nicotiana Lime Green into spaces between the Dahlias. I am surprised that I like the rather disordered look this bed now has. It may make the secret garden cut flower beds feel more like a garden.
Here’s a second vase of flowers picked on Monday.