After the excitement of Alice’s birthday, I’ve spent much of the week ill so I haven’t had much energy to do any jobs in the garden. Most of the photos of from last week before I came down with this plague.
The lilac is at peak flower point. The scent is heavenly and the flowers are swarming with visitors.
2. Bishops Children dahlia seedlings
The dahlia seedlings in the really useful box cold frame have been my most successful seedlings. These have been moved in and out during the day. They are shooting up in height now. Some will be ready for pinching out soon to encourage bushier shapes and more flowers. The leaves are showing their characteristic dark foliage now.
The purple sensation alliums are starting to open up. Alliums are a favourite every year. Easy to grow and provide a long-lasting impact even when they dry out. The bees love them. A winner every year.
I’ve started my cosmos seeds off. They have germinated and are growing up well. I have a few varieties on the go. This years are mainly from Sarah Raven with candy stripe and cranberry click looking to be two of the varieties I’m most excited about.
I planted this last year and it now has a handful of flowers. I can’t remember the name and haven’t managed to look back on the blogs to find out what it is. The flowers are small but pretty with nice dark foliage to the leaves.
The aquilegia are really thriving this year. They seem twice the height they’ve ever been before. Most are self-seeded and grow white or with a hint of purple or pink. They’ve gradually spread down the border and seem to have found places they are happy.
I grew some aquilegia McKana from seed last year and they are now flowering. Not that many seem to have come through but this one is lovely.
Hope you all have good weekends. I’ve got another plant sale tomorrow. This time at the local church. I’m not sure I’ve got the energy to go but I need to start walking and getting upright.