So…Hampton Court week. I’m still recovering. I had to leave by 2 to get home to teach so I needed to see as much as I could in just 4 hours. I managed this but doing so in the heat, followed by 4 hours of teaching, took it out of me. I even missed my Friday morning gym session. Definitely need to take day off next year and take things easier….
But…..did I manage to resist buying all the plants? I’ve not had great results in the past when purchasing plants from the show. Of 6 plants purchased last year, only 2 survived to flower again this year. I therefore resolved to not buy any plants this year, but just to use it as inspiration. This resolve lasted about 30 seconds after entering the show when I passed all the stalls with their 3 for £12 offers. For most of the four hours in which I was wondering around the show I was mentally planning what I would buy and where I would put them – not to mention how I would carry them back to the car….to purchase one of those annoying wheelie crates or not? In the end I ended up buying one plant only – this Echinacea Purpurea Pow Wow White. I had been really tempted by the big blue Eriginums but worried that I wouldn’t have quite enough sun for them.
The following day I visited my local nursery which was offering 20% of all plants. I had a particular space I needed to fill – I’d had to cut back my Maltese Crosses this week as I had failed to stake them this year and they’d got really floppy and messy. Cutting them all back created quite a messy space which I planned to fill with Coreopsis and Rudbeckias. I found these lovely Coreopsis Li’l Bang ‘Starstruck’: And these ‘Red Elf’:
On the subject of Coreopsis, I had planted at least 2 varieties last year but this is the only one which has survived and is now putting on quite a show:
Of course there is always an impulse buy when I visit a Nursery or Garden centre – and this time it was this Salvia Microphyllia ‘Glimmer’. I’ve not had much luck with Salvias before – even the Caradonna I planted a few weeks ago is not flowering well. But this was less than a fiver with the discount so thought I’d give it a go:
Finally, the sunflowers I planted from the seeds which came from Gardners’ World mag are now starting to flower – velvet queen:
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend whatever The Result! Head over to The Propagator’s Blog for more sixes….