Julie of Peonies and Posies encourages those of us with cutting beds to share them on the last Friday of the month and although she is gallivanting across the USA at the moment and not tending her own cutting beds I am sure she will be more than happy for us to continue the meme in her absence.
Seeing the above bed every time I ramble to the bottom of the garden really warms the cockles of my heart and confirms the general success of the beds. Having several strong and bushy dahlias in this bed contributes to this success of course – but it isn’t just dahlias and you can see nigella, tagetes, poppy, Sweet William, Briza maxima and a stray sweet rocket plant. As well as having a wealth of plants for cutting, I have realised that one of the other joys of the cutting beds is the pleasure of having a patchwork of different colours, something that you don’t get with colour themed borders!
The other cutting beds are not quite so full of colour, with plants waxing and waning – and a few not waxing very well at all, particularly zinnias. Below, the stars are allium heads, Ammi majus, bupleurium and Rudbeckia ‘Chim Chiminee’ which is just coming into flower.
Daucus carota ‘Purple Kisses’ mix is so far proving to consist only of the ordinary white version with none of the expected crimson, but the clary and Ammi visnaga are living up to expectations. There are tithonia and zinnia in this bed too but still a long way off flowering.
I realised that the heads of the ‘Earth Walker’ sunflowers are missing off this last photograph – a shame as they make a lovely contrast with the shorter ‘Ruby Eclipse’ next to them. The autumn sown cornflowers are still flowering their socks off. There is ammi in this bed too and you can just see some of the ‘Tall Spencer’ sweet peas against part of the fence – next year I may grow more of them along this fence as it is a sun trap and they seem to have enjoyed the location. You can see one of the pots here that have been dotted through the beds with dahlias and chrysanthemums – for want of space elsewhere in the garden!
Whether I pick the blooms from these beds or not they have brought untold pleasure by just being there – and I look forward to planning for next year with the knowledge and experience I have gained in this first proper season of ‘growing for cutting’.