I omitted to mention Hosta ‘Blue Mouse Ears’ as one of my purchases yesterday, as it was hiding behind other plants in the box they came hone in. This is a plant that took my fancy last time I went to Barnsdale, but I resisted a purchase; this time tiny hostas were on my wish list but this is the only variety they stocked. For those asking, the hemerocallis I bought were H. ‘Mini Pearl’, H. ‘Longfield’s Glory’ (not pink but lavender) and H. ‘Janice Brown’; although looking for pinkish varieties it was an exceedingly difficult choice, partly because there were so many (100+ probably) but also because they were no longer in flower so it meant reading all the labels and making informed colour choices. I was hoping to buy a true red one but decided not to risk buying them with flowers unseen in case the red wasn’t as ‘true’ as I would like.
The new purchases were all planted out in an unusually timely manner today, benefiting from the thorough soaking the garden got yesterday morning – and my! how it needed it! – although the one wet day in August had done a grand job in providing temporary respite. All the borders are looking refreshed and perky and those residents contemplating second flushes of flowers were producing buds with a noticeably greater degree of optimism, as were the asters as they prepared for their first outing of the year. I now also have a shorter walk with watering cans when the tomatoes get their daily dose.
A jiffy bag containing aquilegia seeds arrived today from Touchwood, the product of hours spent hunched over a laptop making choices. I am grateful to Sarah at Hillwards for alerting me to Touchwood Aquilegias in a recent and wonderfully descriptive post as I had fully intended to source seeds this year after being enraptured by various aquilegias but had not yet got round to it. BE WARNED if you visit Touchwood’s site as you will soon find yourselves submerged in a sea of seriously sensational blooms! I am currently debating whether to grab this last opportunity to sow them now or wait until early next year- believing I might JUST squeeze some flowers from them next year if I start them now will no doubt sway me!