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flowerpot for a pillow

I hope I can share a little of what I've learned - and there is so much more to learn. Let's learn to love dandelions! and all those wildflowers that are so helpful for bees.dandelion

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Victor using a flowerpot for a pillow

some early Spring rosettes

a huge thistle rosette but not the usual spear thistle I see, I'd love to see it develop and flower but sure it will be mown down before that 

thistle rosette

bristly ox-tongue rosette

bristly ox-tongue rosette

prickly sow thistle rosette

prickly sow thistle

hawkweed ox-tongue rosette

mallow rosette

mallow initial rosette

nipplewort rosette

nipplewort rosette

hairy bittercress rosette

hairy bittercress

hedge mustard rosette

hedge mustard rosette

new Sainsbury's Seeds and Plants

I love trying products related to growing flowers, especially reasonably inexpensive - and conventient ones easily bought at Sainsbury's. I saw some new packs today at £2.50 each so bought 4 (£10 in total - enough for an impulse purchase). Next time I'll get a few more. I will try them all and share the results.

sainsbury's seeds and plants

backs of the boxes

sainsbury's seeds and plants

sainsbury's seeds

bottom of the boxes

sides of the boxes, some nice photos

other sides of the boxes

a few days later, my next trip to Sainsbury's

yellow fox-and-cubs

yellow fox-and-cubs, different species or just a variation?

yellow fox and cubs

difficult to get a shot in focus but wanted to show the entire plant, flower close-up above, basal leaves below

yellow fox-and-cubs

distinctive fox-and-cubs basal leaves

fox-and-cubs leaves

end of October 2019

I'm sad the growing season is over. Surprised to see a new greater knapweed flower today.

greater knapweed

It's growing from the stem in a way I haven't seen before.

greater knapweed

My prostrate rosemary is in full bloom.

rosemary

still flowers on the shoo-fly but the seed pods are not black like photos I've seen

shoo-fly

Starting beginning of September I had an ear infection and then 4 weeks later, after recovering, the other ear got infected. It still is but now I have a cold. I can hardly get the energy to go outside and photograph any plants. Luckily these are in my front garden so not far to go. Maybe one day I'll feel better.

A few days later I ventured out for a short walk. Some beautiful flowers in neighbours' front gardens. Helianthus, not sure exactly which species yet.

helianthus

helianthus

helianthus

fuchsia

fuchsia

October 2019

At this time of year I switch my focus from gardening outdoors to gardening indoors with my bulb forcing. Sometimes they overlap. I planted some allium Purple Sensation and muscari in this trough which the foxes promptly dug up. I've moved it to the front garden where the foxes don't come so much. Some muscari bulbs are also "forced" in small pots. I say forced but in my experience muscari will bloom when it's good and ready and not a day before whether one tries it inside or out.

bulbs dug up by foxes

I basically lost the month of September with an ear infection, then deafness and disorientation then tinnutis so haven't updated here so much. The amazing Japanese anemone still going strong, all on its own with little fuss since I moved here 16 years ago.

japanese anemone

intermittent morning glory flowers keep appearing

morning glory

late sea holly flowers along with the morning glory

morning glory and sea holly

those fantastic intense purple morning glory flowers

morning glory

mid-September 2019

I have a lot of pots! I tend to need to put plants in pots: 1. to keep them away from the slugs 2. to make use of the sun on the patio 3. to have plants in the very shallow flowerbed along the front path which isn't deep enough for normal planting. It's the time of year to review the pots:

1. Pots with annuals that have finished.

an empty pot will be a magnet for forget-me-nots, verbascum and wild basil

2. Pots with perennials that I'll set aside until next year.

the knautia spent stems need to be cut back and guess I should feed them

3. New plants (both grown myself and bought) not planted out yet.

the slugs love the greater knapweed seedlings so still haven't planted it out yet

4. New plants (grown myself and bought) which I'm not sure where to put.

self-heal

self-heal

moving the pots about reveals these slugs, the white things are their eggs, those of a sensitive disposition, look away now, I wrap them in a paper towel and cut them in half and the eggs get smashed

slugs

 

one of the intermittent shoo fly flowers today, they don't last long and there aren't that many of them but today when I went outside to take photos, there was one looking beautiful

shoo fly flower

a scabious that self-seeded, maybe small / columbaria scabious?

scabious flower

September 2019

The yucca was here in the front garden when I moved in. The leaves are incredibly spiky so I guess it's good for security in front of the window but it's never been my favourite. In recent years, the hot summers seem to have brought on flowering (I don't recall it flowering in the first years I was here). This year the flowers are earlier and there are two rather than the usual one spike. When photographing them today I noticed bees which I hadn't realized were visiting it. Suddenly I like it a lot more!

yucca with bee

close-up of that bee in the photo above

yucca with bee

yucca flower with bee

Purple loosestrife I bought at a garden centre as my pond was a bit depleted. Only 1 plant of something like this is required - it's amazing.  Looks like some veronica beccabunga is growing. I had it in the past but thought it was gone. It had spread so much I pulled the runners out and I seemed to have done it too much but it survived. On the right, just visible is a water avens I bought at the garden centre at the same time as the purple loosestrife. I look forward to flowers next spring. The pond is a preformed plastic one with a leak so some serious repair / replacement it required. Other plants that haven't survived are a yellow flag and cat tails but now I see the beccabunga I will look for shoots and maybe they're there since the overwhelming calla lily has been removed.

purple loosestrife

I didn't plant any chicory seeds this year but maybe this enormous "dandelion" is a chicory seedling? I'm not sure. Comparing to previous years' chicory seedlings, it doesn't have any upright growth but maybe it's early yet. It would be nice as I didn't even think about planting chicory seeds. I'm going to wait and see. If it's just a dandelion - the bees will have and early (or late) dandelion.

photobombed by a cat - as usual, this has self-seeded in a pot, possibly autumn hawkbit?? one of my naughty squirrel visitors has disturbed the pot, like the foxes, which can be so destructive, they are so cute and I put nuts out for them - and this is how they repay me by burying them in my pots!

In spite of savage weeding and spraying weedkiller my neighbour has not succeeded in totally obliterating the soapwort - thank goodness. Why he ripped everything out of that flower bed - but left a broom, a bucket and other rubbish, I don't understand. The cherry laurel stump is also growing and will be out of control in no time. I pruned it earlier this year but despite him banishing me from the garden, he is not pruning it himself. 

close-up view or the closest my camera can get anyway

end of August 2019

another flush of greater knapweed flowers

greater knapweed

the Chinese lanterns are turning orange (the greater knapweed is just to the left of the front path just out of shot)

chinese lanterns

the flowers are so unnoticeable (green lantern underneath which will turn orange in coming weeks)

chinese lantern flower

I have the final few plants I grew from seed. Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica, obviously aren't going to bloom this year. I finally planted them in larger pots.

the slugs had been eating them before so not sure how they'll do in the pots (3 round, 1 square), in the pots I can put them more in the sun when I've cleared some spent plants

salvis sclarea turkestanica

These meadow clary (Salvia pratensis) are surprisingly small, also in smaller pots,

meadow clary

thought I'd try them all together in the this very large pot. I can always divide them next year. Anything in small the pots the foxes are playing with, taking next door, etc. so needed to get things planted, even if into pots rather than in the ground. In the ground I worry about slugs.

meadow clary

Rudbeckia Green Wizard which I bought a few years ago (previous attempts growing from seed were unsuccessful but maybe because of my aggressive slugs), I hadn't planted it out but still the slugs got to it, I moved it off the ground / out of the way and it grew back but the slugs got to it again, the cycle was repeated a few times. At some point I managed to put it on some shelves away from the slugs and it grew back the last time and I planted it in this larger pot. I still can't put it in the ground and not sure where to put the pot long term but it is now on some tall shelves. Can it bloom in a pot? I don't know but I'll see next year I guess.

green wizard

This is my last delphinium small plant (of 4 ) that I grew from seed earlier this year, the slugs got the others; also in the pot is my last melancholy thistle. The slugs loved them! This pot is also on the tall shelves. I have another packet of melancholy thistle seeds to try again.

August 2019

I came back from holiday (on Hayling Island - lots of plants seen, will post photos in coming days) and see the rain had encouraged some new flowers.

the chicory has a new flush of flowers - which a bee is enjoying

chicory with bee

chicory with bee

the bought sea holly plants on the right, mostly brown but a few newer flowers, my seed-sown sea holly on the left, mostly green still but ones in front of the ladder turning blue and some fresh nepeta faassenii flowers and ox-eye daisy

sea holly

some completely new echium Blue Bedder plants - in bloom

echium blue bedder

echium blue bedder

a new knautia macedonica

knautia macedonica

and snapdragon

snapdragon

before I went away, the globe thistles were in full bloom and attracting bees

globe thistle with bee

globe thistle with bee

globe thistle with bee

globe thistle with bee

I guess the bees eventually go to the veronica longifolia but it's not their first choice but I love the purple flowers

veonica longifolia

before I went away I had a new water lily in bloom

water lily

I grew these hyssop from seed last year, finally in bloom this year - but white instead of purple flowers I was expecting

hyssop white flowers

hyssop white flower

hyssop white flower

speaking of bees, I had them on the musk mallow

musk mallow

the scabiosa Perfection Blue

scabiosa perfection blue with bee

lesser knapweed

lesser knapweed

lesser knapweed with bee

and looking back I see bumblebees were on the globe thistles end of July

globe thistle with bumblebee

globe thistle with bumblebee

first flowers of the marsh mallow I grew some seed

marsh mallow flowers

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