Fern, fir tree, forget me not, funnel, finch, fainter, fawn, faun, flying saucer, flare, ferret, Ferris wheel, frigate, fountain, flan, film, fairy, flock..... guess who was given a book for Christmas.
I'm looking forward to the photos Brightstar. I was given a bare root peony for a birthday present last year. It was a white Festiva Maxima and was chunky with big shoots, it also sent up one flower stem which was a delightful surprise because l was told it could be a couple of years before it bloomed.
What a lovely gift you received. Can l be cheeky and ask which variety of peony you were given and if it was of good size and how many eyes/ shoots it has. I have my eye on a peony from Sarah Ravens site and it would be helpful to know if you are happy with the bare roots you received from there. Many thanks.
I've got three of them Verdun, all bought reduced very cheaply. I'm going to divide the oldest one , second season, next spring. This one seems happy in a damper spot of the garden . I've just planted three big ,plump dark blue camassia bulbs alongside it, I'm hoping they'll look great together. One in the front garden looked lovely next to dark blue lupins and delphiniums.
I'm liking geum Cooky GD, looks very bright and vibrant, pretty leaves too. Geum Mai Tai is compact, the flowers are a lighter orange that fade to peach with a hint of pink. Mine only had one flush of flowers, l dead headed but l didn't get any more stems. It was its first season so I'm hoping for better next year after its settled in. Totally Tangerine has been a real showstopper. It does get quite tall, but the foliage looks great, and mine is still sending up new flower stems now. Good luck with your seeds. Was it you that grew Mrs Bradshaw from seeds? I remember someone did and they were lovely in photos they posted.
Helinium Sahins Early flowerer is a stunner, bought one after seeing it at Rosemoor, l hope it makes it through the winter. My cannas didn't flower this year, just gave me wonderful foliage . I've not seen a agastache, I'll have to Google it, sorry l just can't see the beauty in kniphophias. Geum Tangerine is a great plant, it looked stunning with geranium Azure Rush. Geum Mai Tai is very pretty too, but not as long flowering sadly.
Thanks for the photo Richard, it made me chuckle😀.
Thank you Verdun, Bishop of Oxford looks promising, l really like it's dark foliage in contrast to the vibrant flowers. I have a new appreciation of orange flowers this year, planted with lots of different blue flowers and a few hot pinks for a real hit of colour.
Oh Verdun, you've done it again! You have mentioned a plant, I've googled it to see what it's like and oh no it's calling my name. This time it's your dahlia Clar de Line, it's so pretty and would fit in perfectly in my front garden. You couldn't recommend a bright, vibrant orange dahlia could you while you're at it please.😀
Verdun, thank you for the advice regarding my salvia. It's now potted up and popped in the spare room. Hope it makes it through to spring, although l think the lady who grew them all said she grew them from seed. 😃