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I made this order to
Special perennials on the 8th February, their policy is to send the
plants when they are ready.
Its possible that this is a bit later than normal this year.
This order was built around the Sanguisorba, the full list being:
- Sanguisorba 'lilac squirrel'
- Actaea simplex 'pink spike'
- Helenium 'El Dorado'
- Helenium 'Mardi gras'
- Lobelia cardinalis 'Bees Flame'
- Osteospermum 'Lady Leitrim'
- Phlox amplifolia
- Veronica 'Pink Damask'
They don't take payment until the order is about to be delivered, so I
received an email on the 17th along with a Paypal payment request which I paid straight
The next email was on the 23rd notifying me that the order had been
dispatched and that it would probably arrive the next day.
Today I received a text from the delivery company giving a time range
when to expect the delivery. It was delivered almost exactly in …
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It is Saturday so
time for a very quick look at a few
things going on in the garden today, following
the Six on Saturday meme hosted by The propagator.
It was very warm and sunny today,
and I was out most of the day so here
is a very quick look around.
1 Geum 'Totally tangerine'
There is a bit of a green gap at the moment
with the tulips finished, and the Alliums are
not quite yet out.
This Geum is leading the way in colour at the moment.
It grew and flowered well last year, but in
its second year it is something else
entirely - so many flowers!
2 Geum 'Cosmopolitan'
I've added a few new Geums this year and this
is the first of the new ones to flower.
It is just as gorgeous as I had hoped.
3 Tiarella 'Spring symphony'
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Here is a progress report on all the plants that I obtained from
When they arrived only one had green leaves already, others had
noticable shoots, others had nothing showing at all.
Happily all are now growing well.
Here we go in the same order as in the post marking their
This is growing well and is not wilting
during this dry spell, so that is good.
I bought another one and it is suffering a
Actaea simplex ‘Brunette’
The leaves blend into the background in this photo
but it is growing quite well.
Geranium wallichianum ‘Crystal Lake’
This was marked as having just been potted up from a bare root plant
on the order and to wait until roots are showing before planting it
out. It has taken a long time to grow any leaves - I was a bit
worried for a while …
This is the first of the Lupins to flower.
As it was from a mixture I don't know
how they are going to turn out.
I like this one, it is blue and white and
also as the individual flowers open a int of
yellow is appearing.
This is the smallest one of the Lupins, it
is growing, but it is well behind.
New shots of one of the Echinops ritro
that I got from Wilko.
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Here is a better picture of the mystery plant from yesterdays
six on Saturday.
It was meant to be an Echinacea but it clearly is not.
I will keep updating this page as it develops.
Update 22nd May
I have a new idea: maybe it is Saponaria ocymoides.
Here are some pictures of it to compare:
It is very close, including the redish stems, the pink 5 petalled
flowers, the tube beneath the flower, the leaves are opposite and
the general leaf shape.
Some pictures of it have thinner petals than others.
Update 21st May
A number of flowers are out now.
Update 20th May
The flowers are about twice the size of my forget-me-nots
and Brunnera and are looking less like forget-me-nots now.
Another picture to follow when a few more flowers have opened.
Whatever it is it is quite pretty and almost glows in …
The Echinacea have been very slow to grow.
I have finally removed them from their pots
into the garden.
Only two have grown - I had suspected that one was already dead
on opening the packet.
I had already planted three plants that
claimed to be Echinaceas but clearly are not,
so I replaced two of them with these ones.
One of the replaced plants is looking as if
it is dying, so it has gone into a pot,
and I moved the other one to the border edge
as it looks like it is going to be a low
So here are the first young leaves of the Echinacea.
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Six things going on in the garden today, go to
The propagator blog for more garden views this weekend.
When I lived in the South I loved to go to Kew gardens especially
when the bluebells were out.
Our native bluebell Hyacinthoides non-scripta is very elegant and
looks amazing when carpeting a wide area.
It has a lovely colour, with straight sided flowers hanging from one
side of the stem, and the petals curving right
back at the ends almost touching the main flower again.
It seems that there are a lot of hybrids around but this one looks the
part at least.
Lily of the valley
I do like the flowers, shame that the plant spreads so much
and was just about everywhere.
I removed a lot last year, leaving a few in selected places.
My first Geranium flower
I have a few Geranium plants, this was …