Our first NGS opening is on the 23rd but we had something of a dry run with a group from Liskeard on wednesday afternoon. It all went well, which was a relief. Having spent weeks coaxing things along and primping and preening it all, it’s hard not to feel a bit flat afterwards. There’s plenty of primping and preening needed on my allotment, which has been somewhat neglected. Sweet corn plants went in yesterday.
In the garden we now have a two week lull, during which quite a few things will flower their heads off and be over when our next visitors come. Just as well I have six on saturday to show them off.
It’s the season of self sown biennials in our garden, foxgloves, Aquilegias and Geranium palmatum mostly. They put on a prodigious growth spurt in spring and there is the risk of them swamping other plants. Three weeks and it’s all over, a few get left for seed, the rest get pulled out and by July it’s a different garden.
Corydalis flexuosa cv. This was given to us without a name and I don’t know which of the many available forms it is. It’s vigorous, gets a couple of feet high and a bit more wide. So long as it doesn’t get too dry it will flower for months. It has a strong but not especially lovely perfume. Some time in late summer it will disappear, to green up again in the winter.
Allium ‘Ambassador’. I bought six of these and fifty ‘Purple Sensation’. These cost 13 times as much per bulb but are still the ones I’d buy again. I’m going to pick seed heads off the Californian poppies and spread seed where the Alliums are; see if they’ll hide the foliage next time around. I very much hope there’ll be a next time.
Leptospermum ‘Karo Spectrobay’. This is a New Zealand raised hybrid between L. rotundifolium and L. spectabile, both Australian species from New South Wales. It came through last winter with no problems and is spectacularly floriferous. It looks like it might be a bit of an unruly grower so I’m going to have to learn how to prune it to best effect.
Last Sunday we went to the plant fair at Tregrehan. For years I’ve been telling people they must go, and this year there were more customers than ever. Perhaps I should have kept quiet. I only bought two plants, Begonia panchtharensis and Pyrrosia sheareri. Some things you just ain’t going to pick up for a couple of quid in Morrisons and the truth is that even if Morrisons had this pair on a trolley for two quid, not one in a thousand of their customers would give them a second glance. Sue was this morning waxing lyrical about the one rose we have, ‘Hanky Panky’, saying that “obviously” I would want to include it in my six this week. You choose, love one and ignore the other.
Passiflora caerulea ‘Damsel’s Delight’. Everyone loves a passion flower, don’t they? We bought this last year and I only recently found a place for it, next to the Bomarea that I thought had died over the winter but which is now trying to struggle past the legions of slugs. If it succeeds it gets to fight with the passion flower. I like to reward success.
My present plan for this morning is to plant my butternut squashes, sow some carrots and feed my runner beans, all on the allotment. I’ve had a quick look at The Propagator’s six, gateway to the hexagonal world that it is; see you there?