Monday, 1 August 2016

Summer Tour (Part 2).

I hope you enjoyed Summer Tour Part 1, of Our Garden@19, if you haven't seen it just scroll down to below this post.
All the plants in Part 2 are either annuals bought or grown from seed also some perennials that I have grown from seed. The majority of my seeds come from either Chiltern Seeds or Sarah Raven, I do also save some seeds from Our Garden@19.

The first to greet you on the patio is a pair of planters with Rudbeckia 'Toto Rustic', it proved very difficult to keep alive as seedlings, wilting off, they are now beginning to prove their worth. Along- side are buckets of violas, behind, growing in an old tin bath is Fuchsia 'Mrs Popple'...


...these Petunias were purchased from a local nursery, they have been really good value.


This is the first time I have grown the white version of this annual climber, Tunbergia 'Susie Series' White, I think it is a beauty and will be on the seed list again for next year.


The nasturtiums self seed every year, this one is growing alongside Erigeron Karvinskianus which if happy will seed around every where.


These sweet peas are 'Cupani' originally introduced from Sicily in 1699, these are from seed saved in 2015.


A new one for this year is King Edward VII, adding a Royal flush to the garden.


I have been very impressed with Centaurea cyanus 'Blue Boy', I planted the seeds in September, overwintering in the cold greenhouse before planting out in the spring, they have flowered non stop since May.


We go through the arch past baskets of Lemons & Apricots (Begonias)...


...to the White & Green garden with the white Sweet William and Lychnis coronnaria alba, easy from seed along with its red stable mate.


In the main borders, Campanula lactiflora 'Prichards Variety' grown from seed eight years ago, surviving much longer than the purchased 'Loddon Anna' and...


...a beautiful orchid like flower, Francoa sonchifolia, another perennial very easy to propagate from seed.



New this year is Daucus carota ‘Dara’, it is supposed to have hints of pink in it, so far they all appear to be white and...


...also new is this beauty Cosmos sulphurous, I had never seen a yellow Cosmos until I read a post by Amelia who kindly sent me some seed. Monty Don featured them on Gardener's World a couple of weeks ago, we are at the cutting edge of horticulture Amelia!


One 'Old' favourite is Eryngium giganteum 'Miss Willmott's Ghost'...


...which along with the Bronze Fennel is loved by the pollinating insects.


A perennial that will seed itself around the garden is Knautia macedonica, I love its colour and pin cushion seed heads, seen hear with Lychnis coronaria.


Cosmos bipinnatus are easy to grow from seed, this is 'Dazzler'. 


We end the tour in the small greenhouse with trays of predominately biennials for next year.


What is 'Dazzling' in your garden this summer?

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23 comments:

  1. so many of my favourites too, Brian. It is very satisfying to grow flowers from seed and you seem to have got a good head start on next year!

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  2. I grow many of those plants pictured myself and I am particularly fond of Francoa sonchifolia, although we tend to focus on the flower the foliage is also very attractive. I can't believe it comes from Chile and is a member of the Melianthaceae family and not a Saxifrage.

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    1. It is one of my favourite plants.Thanks for visiting Rick.

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  3. We hav campanula Pritchards but it isn't as light a blue as yours.
    Some lovely flowers. Your garden must be really beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Sue, it is just starting to go over losing some of its colour.

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  4. Oh so many lovely things Brian - and I am very impressed with your greenhouse and its numerous seed trays. I haven't sown anything for next year yet but ought to get cracking soon - what you have you got in there? I shall particularly look at things that should be flowering by mid June to enhance the garden for Open Day. And could you spare some seed from your white lychnis, by any chance...? I see Plants of Distinction have lots of perennial seeds too so may put an order in there for the autumn, following your unofficial recommendation

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    1. There are foxgloves, sweet William and sweet rocket for June time and white for-get- me-nots for spring. I will add a selection of seeds from the garden Cathy.

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  5. A lovely selection of flowers. I have difficulty with so many of your flowers that you find easy. I love nasturtiums but I have given up sowing them as I struggle to get one or two plants to survive. I am glad your cosmos have flowered but you may be surprised that ours are just starting and I have not seen any of the yellow ones yet! Amelia

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    1. Thank you Amelia. That is a pity nasturtiums don't work for you, it is funny how some plants will do well in one garden and fail in another.

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  6. Brian, you have an impressive and beautiful array of flowers.

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  7. A lot of wonderful flowers, and that yellow cosmos is exciting! As also the white thunbergia. So glad to see the Cupani sweet peas came from saved seed as I hope to begin doing the same next year. I meant to start this year but then dithered... Hope you both are feeling better and finally rested up!

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    1. Thank you Amy, sweet peas are very easy to save seed from, in my experience they come true to the parent.

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  8. Beautiful photos and an impressive variety of plants, Brian!

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  9. I love the white Thunbergia - it's definitely being added to the wish list! Your plants are looking wonderfully healthy, Brian.

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  10. Brian, what a great selection of flower colour and shape you have. Having a couple of orchids here, I’m liking your Francoa sonchifolia. I miss my sea hollies of the past – I like your ghostly Miss Willmott too. What is dazzling my garden this year? I should get out with my camera. Off the top of my head, Water and Day Lilies – I’m becoming a new fan of the day :-)

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    1. We use to have a small water lily in a pot, we should think about having one again.

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  11. Thank you Brian, I always enjoy seeing what you are growing, and it is so useful to get recommendations and new ideas for annuals. I love the white Thunbergia, and will give that a go next season after reading about your success with it. Cosmos 'dazzler' looks good - such a strong colour. I grew Cosmos 'Xanthos' this season and was really disappointed. Weak plants and poor flower colour. Never again !!

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    1. The Thunbergia seed came from Chiltern Seeds and the Dazzler from Sarah Raven.

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  12. A lovely selection of annuals. The white Thunbergia is a winner.

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