I’ve been remiss in not posting about my satellite Cutting Garden (in my neighbours’ walled garden) since it looked like this at the end of May. And now it’s producing bucket loads of blooms, like the one above.
The following photos were actually taken last week, but when I visited today it’s clear the recent rain has battered everything quite badly. I’m never great at staking (always thinking I’ll get away with it!) but this year, when it was clear some stakes were needed, it was so dry I couldn’t get them into the ground. Quite what my excuse was for not getting round to it as the ground softened is anyone’s guess. Tsk!
This photos is looking in a similar direction to the one above and shows the Cosmos Double Click Snow Puff, with Cosmos Double Click Cranberries nearer the fence. Down the slope are the Antirrhinum majus Orange Wonder with Salvia horminum ‘Oxford Blue’ to the right. In between are the Zinnias,
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Scarlet,
Zinnia Benary’s Giant Wine,
and my favourite, Zinnia Raspberry Cordial.
Looking up the slope you can see the Zinnias are still quite small (although have grown significantly in the past week). Between the Zinnias and Salvias are a line of Ten Week Stocks. Although they do smell lovely, they really don’t work for cutting, so I won’t be growing them again.
The sunflowers have been amazing this year.
The large yellow ones, which were very kindly sent to me by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden, didn’t turn out to be the red flushed Ruby Eclipse we were both expecting, but now the huge central stems have been cut, there are plenty of smaller clear yellow blooms, which have that lovely sunflower cheer.
There are two other sunflowers, Helianthus cuc Italian White and Helianthus Vanilla Ice, but I can’t seem to tell the difference between them. They’ve been absolutely great, hugely prolific and yet dainty and soft coloured for a sunflower. I featured them in my ‘Moonflowers’ Monday vase and have used them every week since.
Back home, as well as more Zinnias, (including Z. Benary’s Giant Lime not at the satellite cutting garden) I’ve also been cutting Molucella laevis
and another favourite, Dianthus Green Trick. This came originally from Sarah Raven, but I’ve already taken a number of successful cuttings and this weekend have taken a dozen more. They last for well over a week in the vase and retain this lovely fresh green.
With many thanks to Julie at Peonies and Posies for hosting the Cutting Garden meme.
Now all I’ve got to do is decide what to choose for Monday’s vase!