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
Sat 05.04.2014 - Sun 06.04.2014
Plant Fair @ Great Dixter, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex TN31 6PH
15th-16th & 22nd-23rd February Following the success of their wonderful autumn plant fairs, the team at Great Dixter have decided to add a spring fair... read more...
Sat 19.04.2014 - Sat 19.04.2014
Plant exhibition and sale @ Woottens Plants, Blackheath, Wenhaston, Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9HD
The late and much lamented plantsmen, Michael Loftus, built a collection of over 400 varieties of auriculas over 12 years and his team at Woottens... read more...
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...