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From the Blousey to the Refined

I imagine, as many of you do, that now is the time to take stock of what has worked and what hasn’t. We as gardeners are a picky lot and anything not coming up to standards generally has to go. For me this year it has to be Lupins which I hadn’t grown for many many years. I grew them as a result of free seed on a magazine but although they were lovely healthy plants I found them too big and ungainly and they left an enormous gap when I cut them down after flowering. Not that a gap is ever a problem to fill. I think I would like something a little less blousey and more choice. Another large plant was Sweet Rocket ,Hesperis Matronalis, I won’t stop growing this as it flowers so prolifically and the perfume is delightful but I just need to find a better place for it as it grows so tall. There lies the problem…. Where !

The Hemerocallis were dreadful this year, not so much with the dreaded gall midge but more with the lack of flowers. If anyone has a solution that might help I would be grateful. The roses have and still are fantastic. I moved about a dozen or more last year, fed and mulched them and they have repayed me in bunches.

Plants that I have enjoyed this year are the Roscoea, I now have 6 different plants which started flowering here at the beginning of May and some are still in flower today. Also we were able to sell three different ones this year.

Roscoea purpurea

Roscoea Purpurea. A tall long flowering type.

Roscoea Auriculata

Roscoea Auriculata still in flower today.

Roscoea Beesiana 3

A variable type this is Roscoea Beesiana, can appear pure cream. This is my favourite at the moment as they look more like orchids than the others.

Roscoea Brown Turkey 2

Roscoea Brown Peacock, the under sides of the leaves and stems are brown.

Roscoea Gurhka Red Stem

Roscoea Gurkha Red Stem. A very unusual colour for Roscoea.

Some of my other favourites at this time of year are the Eucomis and Codonopsis

Codonopsis Tangshen

Codonopsis Tangshen bears small 2 to 3 cm long flowers, year after year this plant has bulked up well, although because the flowers are not showy, I still keep it in a large pot so I can view it closely.

Cod' Tangshen

And this is the best bit…the seed pods are stunning. I just wish I could preserve them and make some jewellery from them….

Eucomis Bicolor 1

These two pictures are of Eucomis Bicolor…they couldn’t be more different in habit. The top one I grew from seed back in 2003, it is always tall, up to a metre, with lovely plain green long leaves.

Eucomis Bicolor 2

This one is more chunky with spotted undersides of the leaves, which are also shorter and more rounded. But supposedly the same specie.

Eucomis Freckles 3

Ecomis Freckles has only been in the garden for three years but has already formed a healthy colony, looking great as an understory to Anemone Pamina and the diminutive flowers of Anomatheca laxa. All my Eucomis stay outside in the ground, coming up year after year.

Dicentra Scandens

And as a finale I always look forward to the beautiful clusters of the climber Dicentra Scandens. Being up in the air you get to appreciate the detail more. Then if you are lucky you may get the fat seed pods….

Dicentra Seeds

Sadly I didn’t this year but this is what I got last year, lots of drupes, they ripened and I gave loads of seed away.

So whether it’s big and blousey or small and dainty we will never be quite happy with our lot until we have achieved perfection ….  and we all know when that will be !!!







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New Season, a Fishy Tale and a Favour.

After ordering more seeds than I can ever use, they arrived last week.


These along side some veg seeds for the allotment, came within 4 days of ordering. Among them are some goodies to try to grow for the conservatory. In the past I have successfully grown Bomarea Hirtella which I think now needs a permanent home outside as I don’t think I can put it in a bigger pot. I have a sheltered spot for it, so that’s another task.

The climbers I have chosen this year are Dicentra Scandens, a yellow climber with ferny foliage that will scramble to about 2 metres. This should over winter as a tuber.

Elytropus Chilensis is one I have never heard of but I am always up for a challenge. This is a woody evergreen climber with purple throated flowers and a delicate perfume.

I’ve always loved the Maurandya plants that I often see when looking in the orangeries in stately homes. So seeing M  ‘Magic Dragon’ which is a hybrid grown by Plant World Seeds , I thought this was the one for me to try. Fast growing and coming in colours ranging from pink to red. I think these will fit nicely into my conservatory colour scheme.

Gloriosa Rothschildiana is another climber that I admire in orangeries, and this I am determined to get to flower. It looks so stunning and is probably one I would have to work into a textile piece.

Still with seeds, Malcolm sowed his tomato seeds last week.


They were up in 5 days….


Just a little taster of a rose to come. Rosa Banksii Lutea already showing buds. Please Please no frost ……

And now a Fishy Tale.

For a couple of years now I have been following Mobana Origami . I have been fascinated by paper folding for a few years now and found his work to be quite addictive. At present he is working on folding a life size elephant, if you want to see his progress then you can follow the link.

Sipho Mobana also folds the most realistic Koi Carp. So this I had to try. Following his tutorial I came up with these.


And I don’t think they look too bad. I used origami papers for the 3 to the right and the left one is magazine paper….I really enjoyed making them and to finish here is a photo of my fish in the pond.


A big favour to ask….Does anyone know whether I should put this in the ground….!!!!  Eomecon Chionantha…commonly called Snow Poppy..I have had it in a pot for a couple of years and I believe it is rampant….Please will someone help me out of my dilemma, or in goes in the bin. Thanks…


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