Many of my current blooms are annuals grown from seed this year and the one above, Malope trifida Vulcan, has been amazing. To be honest it probably should have been staked, but I’m quite enjoying the chaos and colour it brings.
And at my cutting garden, I have these magnificent Sunflowers growing from seeds kindly sent to me by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. We thought they were Ruby Eclipse, but they’re rather more yellow and enormous!
Er, spot the difference?
The Antirrhinum, A majus Orange Wonder which I was tempted to move back home, of course never got moved, and is having a second flush in the Cutting Garden.
Another Cutting Garden stalwart is the Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’
This year I’ve gone a bit mad with Zinnias, planting Zinnia Benary’s Giant Lime, Zinnia Benary’s Giant Scarlet, Zinnia Benary’s Giant Wine, Zinnia Raspberry Cordial and Zinnia elegans Queen Red Lime. Sadly the Queen Red Lime didn’t germinate well and those that did ‘damped off’ but the rest are just starting to produce their fabulous bright blooms, on good strong stems, perfect for cutting.
One group of flowers which really hasn’t fared well this year are my sweet peas. They struggled with the dry weather early on, and have certainly suffered more from greenfly than any year I can remember – perhaps because they were stressed by the early drought. But I still love them, roll on next year.
With many thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting everyone’s GBBD.