Getting There

Each day the wisteria is showing more and more colour as the racemes get progressively longer and tentatively begin blooming; it is usually in full flower at the end of May so looks to be on target for a fairly normal flowering period. In the same photo you can also clearly see some of the crowds of buds of the rambling rose Rambling Rector in the top right of the picture and less clearly the first buds on climbing rose Danse de Feu in the top left, so another good rose season is also in the offing.

Huge progress has been made on emptying the greenhouses since we got back from my Mum’s as I have continued to plant out as much as possible, so I am definitely getting there with that.  The big greenhouse is now more or less home only to the Winter Sunshine sweet peas, some baskets waiting to go out and a few trays of things on the point of being ready to go out. The three tier metal staging unit which helped with the recent overflow has now been moved out and this greenhouse seems quite spacious now, whereas the smaller greenhouse is still home to many, many trays of later sown seedlings including some pleasingly healthy zinnias.

If the greenhouse has been almost emptied, that means something else has been filling up – like the cutting beds:

As things have been planted out I have been able to allocate spares for selling at the open garden events so have been potting those up as I went along although still have some labelling to catch up on. Having kept a record of numbers as labels were written, I can confidently say that even with inevitable rejects there should be well over 300 plants available for sale when the plant stall is set up – although to be fair to the Sunday visitors the plants will need to be split into two batches. As shown previously, they are currently biding their time in the convenience of the fruit cage where the temporary staging the Golfer put together is now being encroached upon by the very vigorous loganberries behind. The pots of lilies in the centre foreground will not be for sale but are awaiting their close-to-flowering stage before they are moved out.

Around six weeks to go, but we are definitely getting there, especially now the Golfer has his own list of tasks that he can be entrusted with… 😉

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17 Responses to Getting There

  1. johnvic8 says:

    A bit a day and it gets done on time. Good luck on your progress toward the big day.

  2. Wow Cathy. It all looks splendid – so much work, but all worth it.

  3. Christina says:

    Exciting times, when all is planted out. With our cold weather this year I am about at the same stage as you; with the last of the plants for the cut flower beds to be planted out today. Until all these grow on there may be a lack of flowers for my Monday vases. Looking forward to seeing your wisteria in full bloom.

    • Cathy says:

      The planting out stage has happened really quickly here – now only antirrhinums and zinnias to go in, but they are not ready for that yet.

  4. cavershamjj says:

    I have some serious planting out to do. Of hundreds of plants grown I have planted out precisely one. As much as anything else, I can’t move for pots! Plant sale is next weekend so that’ll shift a good few I suppose.

    • Cathy says:

      It has certainly taken many hours but it is such a joy to see the greenhouse emptying and the empty trays piling up – hope you get yours done soon and have a profitable plant sale 😉

  5. Chloris says:

    Oh my goodness, you have been busy. Growing so much from seed is so very work intensive and you have all the maintenance as well. Your wisteria is a picture.

  6. Sam says:

    We also have loads of plants waiting to be planted out – just need to finish building the wall around the bed they’re going in! Looks like you’ve been busy and will have plenty of cutting material in months to come for vases. Your garden visitors must love being able to buy a little piece of your lovely place to take a way.

    • Cathy says:

      This has been a most industrious year for you both in your garden, Sam! Hope the bed gets finished soon. I didn’t have plants sales at the informal opening last year, so this is new for me – hard to know what to expect with plants sales but I am going on my experiences of visiting other gardens

  7. I love the way you have your wisteria trained across the back of your house. It is giving me inspiration. Why haven’t I thought to do something like this before??? My American Wisteria is beginning to make it’s first blooms. I am excited.
    You (and the Golfer) are having to work so hard this spring. Everything is coming together. The cutting beds will look fabulous.
    It appears that you have plenty of pots of goodies for sale.
    Do you keep your lilies in the pots when you put them out?

    • Cathy says:

      In the UK training a wisteria like this is the traditional way, I suppose – all the grandest country houses would have had one! I have been really pleased with the cutting beds since I began them (this is my 3rd year) – they are not big, but it makes for a colourful display as well as having extra flowers for cutting. The lilies will stay in pots so I can keep a closer eye on them but probably need to a bit bigger

  8. Lovely productive post, puts me to shame as I don’t grow from seed, hope to one day. All looks promising indeed. Our wisteria is flowering now as I’m sure yours might well be too. I agree that the roses are going to be glorious this year, we too have ‘Danse du feu’ against the front of our house, she has been a slow starter but is probably looking her best yet so far. Happy potting xx

    • Cathy says:

      I’m always happy when potting! Danse de Feu was not a deliberate choice here, but the only red rose our garden centre had got 5 of when I wanted to buy some way back in 2000! It blooms ever so well though, so I don’t regret the choice – but do buy my roses from specialist growers now 🙂 I only ‘toyed’ with growing from seed until a few years ago, probably when I finished work, so perhaps your time will come in due course

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