- one flat of mixed blue & white pansies
- a lovely "Pink Frost" hellebore, which was on sale and therefore too good to be passed over!
|Pink Frost hellebore (www.riverbendnursery.com)|
- a bleeding heart, again on sale, and although I've always loved them, have never had one in my garden. Not sure if I will curse myself later, as I know they can get weedy looking after flowering.
- A new pair of gardening gloves (which are truly needed - worn holes in my other pair). I got a pair of "Toughguy" gloves......no reflection on myself.
- more dahlia tubers - this time, Bishop of Oxford. I had already bought 2 Arabian Night dahlias a few weeks ago, again on impulse. They are planted up in pots and growing nicely, waiting to be planted out later in May. I haven't grown dahlias in a few years, but did have a Bishop of Llandaff for many years which I diligently brought through several winters. It was a beauty, but if always got too tall and I was forced to put it in a place at the back of my garden, to accommodate the height, but it never got enough sun to do it's best.
|Bishop of Llandaff (macgardens.org)|
After the mixed success of the pots of summer bulbs last year (crinums that flowered for a grand total of 2 days were a frustration), I thought I'd re-try the experiment, this time with Nerine, or Guernsey Lily (which although tender, I remember growing quite well in sunny, sheltered spots in Aberdeenshire). I've selected the variety Kodora, which looks to be a salmony, red colour.
I've also plumped for two varieties of Cannas, a scarlet one called "The President" and a hot pink one called "Rhodos". I haven't grown cannas for many years, and the last ones I had only ever produced huge, variegated, sun-sensitive (i.e. easily scorched) leaves, but no flowers. Hopefully the varieties I've just selected will do better!
|Canna "Rhodos" (Netherland Bulb Company)|
|Canna "The President" (Dutchbulbs.com)|
You can see that there is a hot and fiery trend to all of these selection. I was re-watching some of Carol Klein's "Life in a Cottage Garden" and was smitten by her infectious enthusiasm for her hot borders, with fiery reds, oranges and yellows. Last year, big patches of rudbeckia had taken over one side of my garden, and although they were spectacular, they need some other hot summer companions to spice things up and keep them company in the searing late summer days. Hopefully all of the plants above will do just that.