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Monthly Archive: May 2010

Cauliflower Skywalker F1

 

I have received the cauliflower plants ordered from T&M and they look brilliant. Healthy and ready to be planted out as soon as the beds are ready. They are an F1 variety called Skywalker and should be ready to harvest in October. Update – we planted these yesterday, 2nd June, under a covered tunnel along with nine cabbages given to us by a friend. Update 12th September – we have harvested several of these already and they have been outstanding in size and quality. Maturing in October this outstanding hybrid gives fine, deep white curds of excellent eating quality

Lilac Time

 

This is the view I have when I am hanging out my washing and looking up into the Lilac tree which always blooms at the same time as the pink Clematis. The Lilac doesn’t have a scent but the Clematis does and early morning and evening it is worth going out there and doing a few deep breaths.

Everlasting Wallflower

 

I popped to see my sister today and she gave me a cutting of an everlasting wallflower. Her garden is beautiful. Everything seems to grow abundantly and this particular beauty was in evidence here and there and she assures me it will take easily. I haven’t got her green fingers however, and she hasn’t got my animals so we shall see. The foliage is blue green and I am told it attracts bees and butterflies so if it does take and makes a large plant maybe I can take cuttings for the allotment.

Clematis Miss Christine

The weather is warmer now and everything is growing well. The Clematis Miss Christine, bought from crocus.com last year, is a picture and smells lovely. ‘Miss Christine’ is named after the youngest daughter of clematis breeder Sheila Chapman. It’s a vigorous grower , typical of the species, producing masses of single white blooms with a pale pink edge on the reverse of its tepals. The flowers also have a rich, sweet scent that will fill the garden on a warm day. It’s an adaptable plant that is happy in most soils. This is an early-flowering clematis that should only be pruned once the blooms have faded.

Update:  I bought this Clematis from Crocus.com and unfortunately it died, was replaced but died again. I will buy again though as it was a beautiful variety.

http://www.taylorsclematis.co.uk/clematis-miss-christine.html

Jasmine Revolutum

 

I have bought another climber for the side garden. It is a Jasmine called Revolutum and has bright yellow flowers. I shall keep it in the pot for a little while before I plant it out. When in the garden it will be protected by a rigid netting cover to keep off the worst of the wind. This should complete the planting in the side garden. Originating in the dry valleys of the Himalayas Jasmine Revolutum will remain evergreen in sheltered positions. Plants are bushy and make very beautiful free-standing shrubs, but if grown against a wall the stems will climb and may be trained in. The richly coloured, lightly scented flowers are borne on old stems and the tips of new growth, so providing a long season of colour. Revolutum has the best colour and strongest fragrance. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).