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Thank you Dove, they sound lovely. We are going to Beth Chatto's in July, hope they have it. Can't order plants from England in France. But I'll look at my French website.
A shot in the dark - could D be a Sweet William?
A perennial geranium called Rozanne flowers all summer, right to the frosts. Did you think I meant pelargoniums? Did you look at the link? My day lilies didn't flower all summer - Dove must have a different variety.
I've read that nasturtiums are frost hardy, but I've also read that they aren't. One year I sowed them in March with the broad beans, straight into the ground. They came up beautifully then there was a late frost and they all died. If they aren't hardy then you can't plant them out until well into May so you will need somewhere like a greenhouse or a conservatory to keep them. I now don't sow them until April.
I've always bought heleniums one at a time. On a budget and so many plants I want! My tall yellow ones are now in sizable clumps in 3 places, but they aren't at all invasive. I have Sahin's Early that I bought last year, but I won't divide it just yet and Moorheim's Beauty which I probably could divide now, and another orangey one I've forgotten the name of.
I like robins, wrens and bluetits.
Do they have to be bulbs? Tubers like Dahlias, which I think is the most colourful don't always come up reliably, can be tender, same with cannas. Lilies can be invaded with lily beetle. Why not something easy like perennial geraniums? There is a vast selection of sizes and colours and in the spring you just rake away the dead winter leaves. There are lots of pics on this site.
Have pruned 2 climbing roses, 3 shrub ones and one HT. Cut back a Lagerstromia, 3 Perovskias, 2 Abelias, a small spirea and 2 Caryopteris. Cut down 2 asters, 1 penstemon Husker Red, and 2 heleniums. Trimmed a Cyprus tree.