Camassia quamash – well worth waiting for!
I added a new banner picture today because I was so thrilled with these flowers and, as you can see, the bees love them!
I ordered the bulbs from Sarah Raven last autumn. I hoped that they would look stunning left to naturalise in the grass as I had already decided to let it become a ‘wild meadow’. Carol Klein’s wonderful book, ‘Life in a Cottage Garden’ described them and the photos looked too good to resist. What do you think?
I realised a couple of years ago that the grass was never going to be a ‘lawn’. The endless routine of scarifying, moss killing, weed-and-feed was not for me. At our previous garden we had a ‘wildflower meadow’ at the far end under a mature tree. In this small garden I realised that I missed the constant buzz of insects, the changes throughout the season and the sheer variety of plants, flowers and wildlife that it attracted.
So, I decided that I could try to adapt our small suburban patch of grass. Here is a more detailed view of the Camassia. They are such a rich blue, not purple like the flowers on the Chelsea Flower Show television programme this evening.
A welcome surprise this evening after work… next I need to see whether any of the tomato seeds are worth keeping.
Lets hope the sunny weather is here to stay!
It’s been a lovely warm and sunny day! Such a shame to be at work, sitting in an office working at a PC.
However – when I came home I had two packets full of growing potential lying on the doormat. SEEDS! Mine were mail order from Dobies of Devon and Sarah Raven’s Kitchen Garden.
Before I opened the envelopes I went outside to see what was ‘happening’ in the garden. Very pleased to see that my crocus bulbs have flowered – dark purple, light purple, white, yellow and a lovely white and purple. A really good start to the ‘wild’ part of the grass.
Also there were crocus flowers at the edge of the slate path right next to the raised beds. Surprisingly these are on the north facing side of the garden. They look bright and cheerful and really brighten things up.
Back indoors to look at the seeds!
Packets are rather large… how many have I ordered….? Also how and where am I going to sow them! At least some of them can be sown directly outside, probably in May.
- Aquilegia Lime Sorbet
- Agastache Liquorice Blue
- Beetroot Boltardy
- Beetroot Burpee’s Golden
- Basil Gecofure
- Coriander Calypso
- Cosmos bipinnatus Purity
- Cosmos dark mix
- Delphinium best blues
- Erigeron Profusion
- Lettuce green oak leaf
- Leaf beet Bright Lights
- Lobelia Mrs Cilbran
- Limnanthes Douglasii
- Nicotiana sylvestris
- Nicotiana Lime Green
- Nigella papillosa African Bride
- Night Phlox
- Summer salad leaf mix
- Salvia virdis Blue Clary
- Tomato Maskotka
- Tomato Lizzano F1
- Verbena bonariensis
Spring – I’m ready whenever it arrives!
Enjoy your seed ordering / sowing / planting / planning!
The internet is a wonderful thing… so many wonderful bulbs are available and also my local market stall had a great selection. So I have taken full advantage and bought crocus, alliums and camassis. Sainsbury also had a very tempting stand with bulbs just near the entrance, so I have also tried these.