2017 Highlights continued……

I bought this Hemerocallis “Mexicali Blues” from Slightly Different Nursery in North Carolina in 2014. I find from experience that US grown daylilies need a season or so to settle down in our cooler climate to really give of their best and Mexicali Blues has now made itself at home in the UK and was stunning in the summer of 2017. It has made quite a substantial clump and I have every hope that I can divide it after flowering this summer.DSC_0140

 

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2017 Highlights

As it’s so cold and I really don’t feel like going out into the gatden I thought I’d look back at some of the plants that did well last year.

As they say on TV, “In no particular order…”

Paeony Coral Charm, I bought this on a whim (isn’t it always the way??) from Avondale Nursery at Bagington where I was taken by my sisters as my birthday treat. It’s really worth a trip, they have a large range of plants from Anemones though to Zantedeschia and all sorts in between. I bought Aruncus, Geum, Sanguisorba & Veronicastrum to name a few, then spotted the Paeony at such a good price I couldn’t resist it. I really just liked the name & had no idea of its habit of opening coral then fading to a delectable cream. Double bubble!!

to be continued….

Value for money

During the winter months when there are very few flowers in the garden to pick and bring indoors I satisfy my love of flowers by buying small pots of flowering plants, chrysanths, bulbs or the little pots of roses. It is these pots of roses I’m blogging about today. Mostly these roses are red , pink, yellow or white but occasinally you can spot a real treasure. At present I have a lovely lilac coloured rose on my window sill in the kitchen (yes I know the garden’s full of flowers but I saw it and  …….   ) A few months ago I spotted a most unusual coloured rose in my local supermarket, a delicate apricot  colour which I’ve not seen before in these little roses, well I couldn’t resist that either and so brought it home. It flowered really well and after it had finished I potted it into a larger pot then put it outside the greenhouse with several other roses that I’d purchased over the winter months.

Eventually I got around to putting it in the garden about a couple of months ago and it is now flowering again, it’s blooms are much larger and more double than before. It really is beautiful.DSC_0149

Not bad for  £2:50 if that isn’t value for money I don’t know what is!

Do they seed….?

We attended a two day plant sale last weekend, always an interesting experience. A lot of customers had various questions regarding their proposed purchases, one of the most frequent being “Does it seed?”

That started me thinking about “self-seeders”.  I think most people don’t really mean does a plant set seed ( which , thankfully , in most cases is “Yes” otherwise how would us poor nursery people keep going?) but is it  over-free with its seeding habits thus being a nuisance.

After the sale I wandered around the nursery garden and although a lot of the planting combinations are deliberate some of the most stunning ( and often transitory) ones are where a plant, often an annual , has just popped up amongst a group of plants.

I guess the answer to the question is “Yes if you’re lucky”  after all if you don’t like the self -seeder you can always pull it out and if you do…..well thats what gardening is all about for me!

Some of my favourite self-seeders are :

014Alchilla, campanulas, chichory, centranthus ,dierama,  digitalis , erigeron, geranium, knautia, nigella oenothera, oregano, primroses, ranunculus, scabious, sisyrinchium,stipa, verbena, veronica and violas!  This isn’t a comprehensive list I’m sure to have forgotten something but does go some way to explaining our very relaxed gardening style at Harrell’s Hardy Plants.

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Heaven Scent

DSC01361I’ve just come in from the garden, 15 minutes spent in the greenhouse tying up the tomatoes is all I can do at a time as its so warm. By the greenhouse is a shrub Philadelphus coronaria aurea and the scent is so lovely. I have a swing seat by it and spend as much time as possible there drinking in the heavenly scent….. when I retire I shall spend more time smelling my plants and appreciating them. That’s my promise to myself!!

Plant of the Week: Tree Peony Jin Gee

We have been (and still are) so busy at the nursery that there has been no blog for several weeks however walking around my garden yesterday I was forced to stop and look at my beautiful tree peony. This is its third year with me, second in the ground (it took a while to find the right spot for it) and it never ceases to impress.

The double flowers are six inches across in a lovely lemony-apricot with a pink edge and as an added bonus are scented!

There are so many beautiful peonies and tree peonies available I just wish I had more space for more of them.DSC01352