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Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 19:50

If it isn't piddling it down with rain at the weekend, I will take some pictures of my back garden for you Gardengirl, but to be honest, there aren't many flowers left now. My 'flower' patch is about 3' x 5'. This year, I had Bluebells, Whitebells, 2 Peonys(a red one and a pink one) and 5 different Dahlias. The Dahlias have been taken up and stored in the Greenhouse- 3 of them I bought from Sarah Raven, along with the pink peony, and as they were quite expensive, I decided that they needed to live in the Greenhouse over the winter. The Peony has been mulched and I have spoken to it nicely and asked it to grow next year! The other Dahlias are 'rescue' ones from the local Pound shop... you know the ones....those that you can hear gently sobbing in the 50p basket! I am thinking of putting them in big pots next year, as I have 3 different types of Sunflowers, Delphiniums, and Hollyhocks for next year, plus Gallardia and Gysophlia. There isn't going to be enough room!!!

Hubby has made me several big planters, and I have put in my Eringiums, Rudbeckia and some of the Gallardia, plus Tulips, Alliums and Daffodils. My Son also groans when I ask him to water my pots when I go on holiday, as I have 'Pot City' as he calls it-there is at least 25 pots of bulbs! Anyway, the flowers that I cut this year were both the White and Blue Bells, Tulips, Daffodils, Aquilegea, Lilac, both of the Peonys, Roses, Lilac, 2 different types of Daisies ( a pink and a white one-don't know the names!),Gallardia, Pinks and Sweet Peas.The Sweet Peas are still going strong, I have a bunch in the house that smell wonderful and I shall miss them when they are finished.

I will take some pictures of my full greenhouse when I can-I have sown 90 Sweet Peas ready for next year and I have taken cuttings of my Fuchsias, Pinks, Geraniums and Pelagoniums. Busy,busy,busy!!

Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:08

Hope so Beaus Mum, I have a patch in my garden that could use some flowers. My ambition this year was to have flowers to cut every week from April to October-missed about 3 weeks in the middle, but other than that, just about made it! Would love some new ideas though. Grew some Gallardia this year-nice big bright Daisies.


Posted: 12/10/2014 at 15:01

Looks like your garden will be full next year Marion! Even though it is cold here, we have been lucky with the weather and it has not rained much this weekend. I still have loads of sweet peas which I am cutting-this time last year I had pulled them out as they were all finished. I love having a bunch in a vase in the bedroom-hopefully for a few more weeks yet!


Posted: 29/09/2014 at 19:03

Ooooh Bizzie-I was at Malvern Show on Saturday!! I love it, and will go again next year. Bought far too many bulbs and plants and seeds. Loved the flower displays and the vegetable show, I don't think that I have ever seen such perfect Carrots in my life!

Marion, your cake looks wonderful, so glad that you had a good time. I hope that you will keep your page going after your Jubilee year, as I love looking at your pictures and hearing about your plants.


Posted: 21/09/2014 at 16:14

Great to have you back Marion-have really missed your posts!


Posted: 18/09/2014 at 20:09

After a slow start my plum tomatoes are starting to turn red!! Still getting Dwarf Beans and Mange-tout. The F1 Marion Carrots have put out some fab top growth, so I am hopeful for some big Carrots-very surprised that they have grown so quickly after such a late start (beginning of August), but I suppose it is down to the good weather.Magnolias now in the ground, and still lots of pruning to do!!!! You've reminded me Fruitcake-the garage doors need restaining, but I think they may have to wait until next year.


Posted: 13/09/2014 at 11:19

Pruning is the biggie at the moment Bizzie-my my green bin gets emptied every other week, and its always full! We are lucky here-the council provides us with a big green waste bin....but there is never enough room in it, and I have a compost heap too that seems to get bigger and bigger!! I've got lots of trees and shrubs that need thinning out this year, including a Berberis that thinks it is a Triffid-hubby complained bitterly because he got stabbed by the prickly bits when he cut it down Jobs for the weekend include digging two big holes for my Magnolias that are in pots, and putting fresh compost on my big planters, and giving all the plants a bit of a feed. The lovely weather is great, but my water butts do need filling now-all my pots are very dry, and I have to water the garden every day.

Talk about daylight robbery!

Posted: 10/09/2014 at 20:16

Well folks, the Gardeners World Mag is giving away 100 free Allium bulbs, you just have to pay the postage and packing(£5.95). That is a bargain


Posted: 10/09/2014 at 19:58

Its a bit like the start of the gardening year for me-I am now itching to get moving stuff around and planting bulbs.........I can't wait, and I get excited when the bulb catalogues start arriving!!! How sad is that!! Another lovely day-its a shame that I had to go to work when I could be gardening


Posted: 07/09/2014 at 11:59

Marion. I too have been away for a few days-congratulations on your Bronze award. However, I think you deserve a Gold just on your enthusiasm alone!!Hope you get your laptop sorted soon as I am missing your posts.

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