The seed heads of Allium Christophii and Allium Purple Sensation are a fantastic sight. They have dried out and the large black seeds are visible now as the seed heads have popped open. They are still so beautiful that I am leaving them on display. When they have blown over I have picked them up and put them in a vase. I will try to keep them until Christmas – a festive decoration with a difference…
The Japanese Anemone (bought from a supermarket) didn’t like where I planted it last year. It looked rather sickly and didn’t want to grow new leaves let along flower. So this Spring I moved it and planted it in the shady side of the garden in the raised beds. It has had a slow start but looks healthier than last year and has finally flowered!
My verbena bonariensis plants are fantastic! The appear to float above the rest of the plants and catch the sunlight. More flowers are appearing on side branches so they give quite a full effect. Even my seedlings that went ‘sideways’ have now found a way upright and they too are starting to flower.
Fantastic display, can believe they have grown so tall so quickly! Must grow again from seed next year. I wonder if I can keep seeds from these plants too??
My tiny, half price Agapanthus has lovely blue flowers. I’m amazed at just how ‘blue’ it is. Not blue / mauve or blue / pink a fab true blue. Must check out whether I can grow more from seeds…
I can’t believe how many tomatoes we are getting!! I suppose the weather has been kind this year and the plants are in a sunny spot but we have bowls of them. They are a lovely flavour and colour and are good to eat in salads or make pasta sauce with.
Went to the local garden centre for compost and horticultural grit. Whilst there noticed that they had reduced some perennial plants as they were ‘past their best’. I hope to grow more of my Astrantia from seed but I found two new ones at half price plus a beautiful cranesbill or geranium so am really pleased. The Geranium is flowering and I think that they Astrantias will do again.
I just love this photo!
Nicotiana (tobacco plant), grown from seed – badly – because they were clumped together and struggled for space. I think that I had run out of small pots. I decided to plant out my seedlings so thinned some out and planted them in my raised beds. Surprisingly they grew and had to be thinned out again.
I hadn’t realised how large the plants would be, nor how large the leaves would get. I had seen a more dainty plant – Nicotiana sylvestris – and this seems smaller in scale with more delicate flowers. So at first I wasn’t too keen but decided to keep them. Now am very pleased that I did. The lime green really zaps in the early evening and the scent is great too. Also the bees love it… A must for next year. Perhaps another variety too…
Outside this evening to check on progress. Tomatoes are looking a bit tatty, realize that small caterpillars have been eating the leaves! That explains why some of the leaves look a bit like green lace… Hmm didn’t know that there were caterpillars who fed on these. Must pay more attention.
The seed heads of the Nigella look fantastic! Almost as lovely as the flowers…
Verbena bonariensis is looking fine, more flowers appearing and look like purple pom-poms floating in mid air.
Golden bamboo is spreading out again, must make a note to cut it back again at the weekend.
Very special day today, after looking carefully each day, waiting anxiously uncertain whether they will ever ripen we have picked the first 3 tomatoes!
Very nice too, not quite enough for a salad yet but keeping our fingers crossed!