Weeding and Wedding

IMG_7061It has been a week of crossing things off lists with lots of weeding around the garden, ordering florist’s sundries in preparation for wedding posies and finishing off the wedding sonnet and my wedding outfit. Oh, and today several hours were spent planting out all the hardy annuals that had been sown in the autumn – you can see how many by the stack of empty cell trays and labels shown above. Too many in fact…

Most should really have been planted out last year and have been in their trays for -ahem!- up to 6 months, but when there is greenhouse space over winter I have been reluctant to subject them to the cool, damp ground outside although I am sure they would have grown into stronger plants if they had been. They were finally evicted from the greenhouse a fortnight or so ago and have been under net cloches since. Today with its mild temperature and occasional showers seemed to provide perfect planting out conditions and I am well pleased to have ticked this job off. A mental note has been made of possible second sowings of some of them as seed sowing has otherwise all but ground to a halt until the planned late sowing of zinnias. You can see what has been sown so far under the ‘Sowing 2015-16’ tab above.

With Younger Daughter’s wedding only 3 weeks away potential wedding posy flowers are being monitored on a more than daily basis. With the challenge of a red, white and blue theme choices are inevitably restricted, but I am fairly confident of being able to produce something – for her and the Poppet that is, but not so for the two older bridesmaids for whom largely red posies have been requested.

The first batch of greenhouse grown Dr Fokker and The Bride anemones have been repotted into much larger pots to encourage more flowers and had been moved outside to slow the opening of buds but I think they now may go back into the greenhouse to speed up new buds… In or out? Speed up or slow down?  Nature will do as she chooses and I will leave it largely up to her – but shan’t hold her responsible for the demise of Hollandia…as so few corms had grown I transferred the contents of all 3 greenhouse batches to one pot, and found several slimy remnants of the original corms. It was the same in all 3 batches and most of those planted outside have failed too, so sadly I suspect something that came with the corms…

IMG_7068My red tulip alternatives, Tulip linifolia, are at the most only 3 or 4 inches of foliage, and existing red species tulips, quite possibly also T Linifolia but their label has long since gone, may well have finished flowering before the end of April – but perfect for a wedding today!

IMG_7067 IMG_7069The Winter Sunshine (red, white and blue) sweet peas, however, are causing excitement as they now have visible buds:

sweetpea.progressHow many weeks to the wedding? Three? Ah well….

Other blues and whites are more accommodating, with blooms starting to appear on Narcissus Bridal Crown and also Narcissus Thalia and Petrel, the latter two not grown with the wedding in mind but because I wanted some white daffs.  And if push came to shove, wild garlic blooms would look most fetching in a posy… 😉

narcissi.progressThe muscari should still be strutting its stuff and by then should be joined by a bevy of bluebells, so blues are definitely sorted:

blues.progressWatch out for further updates and perhaps some practice posies and buttonholes!

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25 Responses to Weeding and Wedding

  1. My best wishes for the wedding — and the weeding, too!

  2. johnvic8 says:

    Thanks for sharing your big event. Youngest daughter marriages are very special…I have the history to prove it. Best wishes to all.

    • Cathy says:

      You are welcome John, and thanks – and as we were not at Elder Daughter’s wedding in Las Vegas so it will be even more special

  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Hope all goes smoothly!

  4. rickii says:

    You seem to be remaining remarkably calm…but then there is always the flower stall for backup if all else fails. I’m sure the creativity you have always shown will out.

  5. Cathy says:

    It must be exciting and nerve-wracking atvthe same time Cathy. I look forward to seeing the posies you make. Wild garlic would certainly be a variation on the idea of a scented bouquet! Not quite like Lily of the Valley, but personally I do love the smell!

    • Cathy says:

      In a way it’s like the Monday vases, which always seem to come together with little help from me – just a bit more of a challenge! I wonder if the garlic will make an entrance in the posies….;)

  6. Pauline says:

    I’m sure you will come up with something beautiful for them all. You have been so busy with your seed sowing, but will now just have to wait and see what the weather decides to do. Wishing you a wonderful day and I’m looking forward to seeing the photos!

  7. rusty duck says:

    Goodness, how quickly the wedding has come around. You have the same logistical problem as a Chelsea designer.. good luck!

  8. sultanabun says:

    Wow, that’s so exciting! Best wishes.

  9. Amy Myers says:

    I admire your organization, Cathy! And I do hope you’re not too totally worn out when the bells have rung! But what a lovely job you are doing working alongside Nature on this red, white, and blue blooms project 😉

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Amy – hopefully it will only be her posy I am doing on the morning and the others will be done the day before

  10. Christina says:

    What a difference a double letter can make! I think you are very brave to be doing the flowers without having had a couple of years notice! But I have every confidence you’ll come up with something perfect!

  11. I am crossing my fingers but I know it will all turn out beautifully…looking forward to updates!

  12. I would be a nervous wreck awaiting flowers to bloom at just the right time. I wish you the best of luck. Happily the weeds will wait for your attention. Enjoy the wedding and the preparations.

  13. Sam says:

    Gosh I admire you for taking on this task – I’d be an anxious mess! Wishing you the very best of luck and a lot of fun along the way. I’m sure you’ll pull it off 🙂

  14. Anna says:

    Now that’s some serious planting Cathy. I imagine that you were glad to see them with their feet in the ground. Those sweet peas are really shooting up. Looking forward to hearing what you come up with for the BIG day.

    • Cathy says:

      Oh Anna – I should have done it ages ago and have to confess it is lovely to see fewer gaps in the borders even though all the things planted out are still vrelatively small. The sweet peas are amazing!

  15. Brian Skeys says:

    I hope the weather is kind to you and brings all your flowers to the right stage at the right time.
    Plus sunshine on the day.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Brian – but I shall have to take it as it comes and make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear if I have to 😉

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