Finally, a showing from some of this year’s annuals – the one above, Zinnia elegans ‘Luminosa.’
I purchased a number of seeds back in October thinking I would repeat the last two years’ practice of using a corner of a neighbouring walled garden as a cutting garden, but I’ve been just too busy to and so have tried to squeeze everything in here. And whilst it hasn’t been entirely successful, the annuals are starting to fill out in their various (not always ideal) spots.
In the Grass Bed I have Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’, Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Fizzy White’, Calendula officinalis ‘Touch of Red Buff’ and some self seeded nasturtiums from last year.
In the troughs I have the shorter Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata White’ and the Salvia that was so successful in the cutting garden last year, Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’. In the cutting garden these turned into wonderful big bushes, I’m not sure they’ll ever get that big here as I always struggle to keep the troughs adequately watered.
In the Swing Beds these Antirrhinum majus ‘The Rose’ are finally getting going, but I’m not convinced about the colour, finding it a bit sickly.
At the back of these beds I had planned to plant some tall dahlias but then decided they weren’t the right colour and so instead have planted an annual tobacco plant, Nicotiana mutablis. This one has both white and pink flowers on the same plants and grows to 1.2m. It was planted out very late and so far this is the only plant to have flowered. I’m hoping that by the end of the summer there will be quite a ‘froth’ of these but it may be I have left it just too late.
And in the Mid Century bed these Antirrinum, A. majus nanum ‘Black Prince’ are also blooming now and to my mind are a far better colour than the pink.
Away from the annuals, I have a some good repeating roses – R. St Swithun,
R. Munstead Wood,
R. Jubilee Celebration
and R. Pat Austin
And plenty of dahlias still going, I’d like to say ‘strong’ but after the over purchasing earlier this year, I’ve ended up with a number in pots and they’re not too happy, so perhaps I’ll just stick with ‘going’. Many have succumbed to powdery mildew and one has a whole colony of blackfly, which I’m not prepared to spray, so am currently praying for ladybirds!
The old favourite D. Happy Single Date (much darker when the blooms are young) has its roots firmly in the Bronze Bed and is thriving,
D. Fifteen Love (pertinent as Andy Murray is currently playing in the Olympic Gold medal match as I type), doing OK in a pot,
D. Bacardi, also doing pretty well in the two greenhouse pots,
D. Hillcrest Royal (very mildewed)
D. Tamburo, also rather mildewed
and D. La Recoleta, with a very nasty case of blackfly.
But to finish, a shot of my seed grown Agapanthus lining the back of the strawberry bed. Not the greatest photo, but you get the idea.
With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.