Although they had looked wonderful earlier in the year, the plants in the pots either side of the front door really had seen better days and couldn’t possibly limp on until tulip planting time. Part of the problem was that the increase in tree cover as the year progressed meant that they rather lost the will to live. On my travels I was lucky enough to be passing Plants for Shade in Somerset (minutes off the A303 & signposted Long Acre Plants) on a Thursday – they only open Thursdays and Fridays – and was able to pick up some fabulous plants that will be perfectly happy there until I plant my bulbs in November. There’s Actaea simplex ‘Chocaholic’, Persicaria virginiana ‘Lance Corporal’, Deschampsia caespitosa ‘Bronzeschleier’, Asplenium scolpendrium ‘Cristatum and Begonia sinensis ‘Red Undies’. Barely a pronounceable name in the lot! They will look lovely for the next couple of months and then I will pot them up and look after them overwinter while the tulips do their thing. They will be ready and waiting to pick up the baton next year once tulip time has passed.
One for the Diary
Tue 29.04.2014 - Tue 29.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Nettlestead Place, Nettlestead, Kent ME18 5HA
29th April 10am-3pm Event Category: Open Garden & Plant Fair Description: Gardening for Disabled Trust gives grants to help individuals continue gardening despite disability. Its... read more...
Fri 02.05.2014 - Sat 03.05.2014
Herb Farm Open Days @ Jekka’s Herb Farm, Rose Cottage, Shellards Lane, Alveston, South Glos. BS35 3SY
Dates: 2nd-3rd May, 30th-31st May, 27th-28th June, 13th July (NGS), 25th-26th July, 3rd August (NGS) read more...
Sat 17.05.2014 - Sat 17.05.2014
A series of 1 day workshops @ Mells Walled Garden near Frome, Somerset
17th May, 19th July, 20th September Garden Designer Michelle Wake will help you plan a garden where there is a balance of wildlife habitats with... read more...