The other half and I went away for a couple of days this week – up to London to see a performance of the Noel Coward play Blithe Spirit featuring Charles Edwards, Janie Dee, Jemima Rooper and the inimitable Angela Lansbury (who received rapturous applause when she appeared on stage and earned herself a standing ovation for, I think, simply being Dame Angela Lansbury – not that I’m complaining). We arrived home late last night to find that, as half-expected, my dad had arrived and left two crates of plants for me.
In crate 1 (i.e. on the left) there was:
- Clematis ‘Perle d’Azur’ (in the blue plastic)
- Eryngium x 3 (behind the clematis)
- “A clover thing” (currently no idea what this is)
- Salvia ‘Sangria’
- Sunflowers x 3
- Cosmos x 4 (actually x 5 if you include the one that snuck into one of the sunflower pots) – 2 x pink; 2 x sulphur
- Zinnia x 6
“Silver grass” x 2 (top left corner)
- 2 x King’s spear (Asphodeline lutea)
2 other mystery plants in with the “silver grass”
- 2 x Michaelmas daisies (Aster amellus)
Crate 2 has:
- Echinacea ‘Tomato Soup’
- Echinacea ‘White Swan’
- Salvia ‘Sangria’
- Penstemon (all i know is that its alleged to be a blue one …)
- Geranium ‘Gravetye’
- “Red grass”
- 1 x cucumber
- 8 x assorted courgettes and onion squash
And then there was the bag of 8 blackcurrant cuttings. Yes. Eight.
Consequently, today has been a bit of a gardening day – just as well as the weather is set to be rather warm for the next few days, followed by rain. For about a week. Hurrah.
I planted … a number of plants today. Unfortunately there were two casualties. Not from the newbies – but two pre-existing plants had to go. One of the (many) sweet rocket plants and one of the (many) poppies.
The penstemon, geranium ‘Gravetye’ and the white Echinacea were all added to the white and blue border. The clematis was planted at the back of the border in order to climb up some trellis. The salvias and the remaining Echinacea were added to the … top bed. Two evening primroses were moved from the top bed across into what is lovingly referred to as the courgette bed and joined by the three sunflowers (and stowaway cosmos).
I’m only keeping two of the courgettes as the rest (and the cucumber) are to be given away to various neighbours, so they’ll be added (after purchasing some horse manure) to the courgette bed.
The blackcurrants are going up Behind The Shed …
The cosmos and the zinnias are heading for some pots (when I’ve bought some compost).
I have no idea – but they’ll wait until tomorrow afternoon as in the morning I’m off to (yet) another plant fair!