Today's victims, whose banishment will endure for about 8 weeks, were teacups full of crocus bulbs, and terracotta pots of hyacinths which I'm trying to force into flower around Christmas time. I am going to put together a few teacup bulb kits for people to plant themselves, but feel that these are nicer sold ready growing, with a hope of flowers during the dark days of December/January rather than the recipient having to plant them up some time in the new year, with the resulting flowers appearing at the same time as the ones in the garden. What do you think?
|This spring's teacup planter crop in late March - a great success with customers.|
In the garden, I've cleared spaces and put in lots of scented narcissus bulbs, muscari and leucojum aestivum. I've also laid waste to a couple of the viburnum bushes, which has generated new wish lists for things to put in the gaps. Scented peonies from Kelways Nurseries are currently tempting me greatly, but they have such a short season for the space they take up. Should probably be more practical about it, although they are soooooo beautiful and I love the idea of scent with those blousy blooms.
Still have all my tulips to plant, but will leave those until November to avoid the risk of the fungal disease, tulip fire. At least the weather is turning colder now, which should kill off lurking bugs and beasties that munch. It will also, sadly, put paid to my cosmos and dahlias which are still flowering their hearts out. In the greenhouse, however, I've got a nascent crop of cornflowers, ammi, marigolds and cerinthe which are all doing brilliantly from September sowings. I've got so many cornflowers, that I'm even going to risk planting out a load after hardening them off to take pot luck in the great outdoors over winter. If they don't make it, at least I won't have had to invest lots of watering time and compost on their upkeep over the next few months.
I didn't have a great deal of success with my anemones this year and the Twitterati of #britishflowers were all swooning over their tunnel grown crops of the same, so have today planted lots of black nuggety corms in my greenhouse border, to see if I have better luck with getting a decent crop of them in there. I'm dreaming of future bunches as I tend all these bulbs and babies.
|This year's anemone planting is 'The Bride' - a white variety. Hope I get these mad red ones reappearing too.|