These four square lead effect pots in graduated sizes are filled with frothy annuals bought as part of filled pots from Aldi, escaping my Embargo because there was a definite place planned for them and if it wasn’t for their regular annual appearance at Aldi I could have ordered the equivalent before last year was out. This is the first time I have used them on the paved area where they get more sun than the side-of-house pots they have been in before and already they are stunning – intriguingly the pots are increasingly floriferous the smaller they are, presumably because the contents are still filling out the space in the larger ones.
Apart from these pots, most of the blooms I began photographing today for July’s bloom day (the monthly meme hosted by Carol at May Dreams Garden) seemed to be of plants grown from seed, so I decide to focus particularly on those today, starting with Osteospermum ‘Sky and Ice’ which has been brilliant and proved so easy to grow:
Equally brilliant and trouble-free is Antirrhinum ‘Twinny White’, growing about 6″ tall and used in the blue & white border, the snowdrop border and pots:
Sown nearly 3 years ago the aquilegia seeds I bought from Touchwood have all been flowering this year, but is it coincidence that the ones with a yellow component seem to flower for longer. Not that I expected the ‘Large White’ to be the palest of pink and palest of yellow that they are, although the ‘Dragon’s Breath’ definitely come into that category, but both types are still flowering their little aquilegia socks off, weeks after the others have wound down:
Also bright and cheery today are the first of the sunflowers and rudbeckias – dwarf sunflower Choco Sun (no more than a foot tall) and Rudbeckia ‘Irish Eyes’ with its distinctly green centre:
These are growing in both the cutting beds and elsewhere, as is Godetia ‘Azalea Flowered’ which I have grown for the first time and having been completely trouble-free and now exceedingly comely will probably become a regular in this or another variety. The packet describes them as a ‘unique cut flower’ and I look forward to trying them out in a vase sometime very soon.
Both Cosmos ‘Xanthos’ and Larkspur ‘Sublime Deep Blue’ are also awaiting a place in vases although the latter is in real life more purple than the photo suggests – and intriguingly you could see the misleading blueness on the digital display as I took it.
Open day star Inula magnifica is living up to its name by being thoroughly magnificent and requiring several discreet stakes to keep him out of trouble – and yes, he was grown from seed, this perhaps being his third year. See climbing rose ‘Parkdirektor Riggers’ above it which my neighbour was admiring from a few doors down the street – which flowers for months and both completely trouble-free and largely neglected, being one of the roses that doesn’t get regularly deadheaded because it is so prickly and largely out of my reach without a ladder.
I now happily leave poppy seedlings to grow and flower (except for the Welsh poppies – pesky little yellow things that are irksomely difficult to remove), as they add colour and form like these blooms and seedheads in the shrub border (rose ‘The Poet’s Wife’ in the background):
To finish with a touch of romance, when Anna of Green Tapestry gifted me a packet of ‘Cathy’ sweet pea seeds, I thought it appropriate to add the blue ‘Heathcliffe’ – so here they are, entwined for the summer after which their lives will be ripped apart and both will meet a sudden death. In the meantime, Cathy is definitely the more strong-willed of the two…