This is the time of year when all my chickens come home to roost…… or more correctly when all the plants I’ve ordered during the above mentioned mid-winter blues start arriving, all needing a place to live. I find myself pacing my (tiny) garden muttering to myself trying to decide where I can put them. All the space I thought I had in December & January now seems to have green shoots of emerging perennials or bulbs & the avalanche of new plants just keeps on arriving!
Firstly my Dahlias, from http://www.rosecottageplants.co.uk, I’ve been so restrained & only ordered two, “American Dawn” a stunning mixture of coral , apricot & purple, & “Blue Boy” a lovely lavender blue. These will join my impulse buys locally of another Dahlia “Creme de Cassis” & Begonia “Splendide Apricot” which caught my eye in a moment of weakness.
The end of last week brought an e-mail from http://www.larchcottage.co.uk saying that my order was being dispatched this week … a Hakoneckloa “Naomi”. I’ve been looking for this, a lovely purple tinged version of the stunning shade grass, for a while, also a real treat, a dwarf Rudbeckia I saw at the Eden Project last year & instantly coveted.
Later on next week http://www.brittanyperennials.uk will be sending my order, a Deschampsia “Northern Lights”, and a Liriope “Silver Dragon” seen & desired on a trip to the US three years ago & a perennial for shade that I’ve not heard of before, Leucosceptrum japonica “Golden Angel” .How exciting is that, a really new- to- me plant!
You might think that by now I’d have learnt my lesson but no four daylilies will be on their way from Belgium in April! I came across http://www.eurodaylily.be & again could not resist!
Fortunately in all these temptations I am joined by my sister who orders her fair share of plants ( & in some cases more than me… but she does have a much larger garden) then the cost of the postage is halved a win -win situation.
Right, now back to the drawing board …. I wonder if I squeezed up that plant I could shoe-horn another in????