Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Wuthering Heights Revisited

IMG_7692These 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:

IMG_7691Equally brilliant and trouble-free is Antirrhinum ‘Twinny White’, growing about 6″ tall and used in the blue & white border, the snowdrop border and pots:

IMG_7694Sown 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:

IMG_7693 IMG_7705Also 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:

GBBD.yellowsThese 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.

IMG_7702Both 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.

vase.waitOpen 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.

IMG_7698I 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):

IMG_7709To 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…

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16 Responses to Garden Bloggers Blooms Day: Wuthering Heights Revisited

  1. Pauline says:

    Love your aquilegias, they are so pretty. Poor Welsh poppies, not loved with you and there I am sprinkling their seed, trying to make more, they look so lovely in the shade!

  2. Please forgive me if I call your aquilegias Columbines, which we commonly call them here in the States, and they are one of my favorite flowers. Their time is past where I live and it was so nice to see them again. Thank you!

  3. Cathy says:

    Oh, how dramatic! I was wondering what the link to the title was! Your Aquilegias are amazing, but I did also notice this year that my yellow ones are later and flowered right into June.

  4. I can’t seem to grow poppies. I so enjoy seeing them in other gardens. Every time I see them I think I should try again. Happy GBBD.

    • Cathy says:

      Therecwas a swathe of ‘wild’ ones in our garden when we came, in a completely uncultivated part. Seedlings now pop up here and there but cross pollination brings different shades and singles/doubles – all very pretty

  5. smallsunnygarden says:

    It looks like you will be making sure I add Godetia to my seeds list for next season 😉 And I’m intrigued about the yellow-toned Aquilegias. Assuming they are hybrids, I wonder whether there might be some admixture of A. chrysantha which, being from this part of the world, is quite heat-and-sun tolerant so might last longer into summer…? However, given the weather you’ve had this summer, perhaps not! 😛 Love your giant Inula, and am I seeing nasturtiums clambering up into Parkdirektor Riggers? ❤

    • Cathy says:

      I am pretty certain I shall be growing godetia again – so pretty. Your theory about the aquilegia sounds highly likely – will look into that. The inula is more amazing even than previous years and yes, that is nasturtium although it was meant to be cascading down not climbing up ☺

  6. Anna says:

    I’m going to look out for ‘Twinny White’ next year. My ‘Royal Bride’ has been a disappointment being dressed in various shades including bright red. What a tragic end for ‘Cathy’ and ‘Heathcliffe’ but at least they’ve enjoyed a brief passionate love affair entwined in each other’s tendrils.

    • Cathy says:

      I bought my Twinny seeds from eBay and will email a link later – it is the 2nd year I have had them so they are reliable. I have had other colours as well but the white has had the best germination rate and is the most floriferous

  7. [J] Love the Embargo reference. Been there, done it, and thank heavens we now have three house gardens (admittedly two are of the holiday cottages) and a 15-acre croft to give us scope. Now the limiting factor is not the space, but the severe weather, which limits us to what will work. Oh, and no garden centres or DIY shops – just on-line shopping. We all need some kind of constraint to bring out the best in us!

    • Cathy says:

      You have hit the nail on the head – and I have found it both liberating and empowering. Here, with ready access to garden centres, supermarkets like Aldi which have been brilliant for bargain plants (not just bedding), gardens with their ysual plant sales to visit and mainland postage for online orders, the opportunities for spontaneous purchases are endless, the exact opposite of your situation! Well done for embracing your own challenge and no doubt becoming better gardeners because of it ☺

  8. Christina says:

    Your aquilegias seem very late (or is that me?) I think of them being a spring flower. Thanks for showing sunflower Choco Sun, it is perfect, I will have to think about some dwarf ones in future. Love the poppies mixed with the roses too.

    • Cathy says:

      These yellow and red aquilegias are definitely flowering later than others which had tailed off before the end of June, although they began floweing about the same time. More of Choco Sun are opening now – they are much shorter than the Topolino I have grown before and I look forward to seeing how many heads I get per plant

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