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Wallflower Ivory White – Erysimum cheiri English Wallflower

Although I have very many Wallflowers in my garden I couldn’t resist buying seeds of this one from Seekay. There are supposed to be 1000 seeds in the packet and I never pay more than a pound for anything from them so they were a good buy. It is a beautiful creamy white wallflower that will grow to about 18″ high and flower from April to June. Wallflowers are biennial and so grow in the first year and flower in the next year so I will have to be patient. What spring garden would be complete without a bed of delightful, sweet-scented Wallflowers, harbingers of warmer weather to come. Very easy to grow and very rewarding; indeed they respond beautifully to the sow and forget technique. Bare patches sown with the absolute minimum of fuss in mid-August started flowering the following April and continued to supply the household with an abundance of cut flowers for many weeks thereafter. Although technically a short-lived perennial, these perform much better as a hardy biennial. So say the people from Chiltern Seeds and who am I to argue.  Sow the seeds thinly from April in open ground that has been well dug. Once large enough to handle thin out. The thinnings can be replanted or potted up for later use.  Keep the soil moist prior to germination. I have just sprinkled a few seeds into the white border. Can’t wait.

Erysimum – Wallflower Persian Carpet

Wallflower Persian Carpet

Last week I received the bare root Wallflowers that I ordered from Woolmans. The instructions said plant out into the garden as soon as possible. There were eleven sturdy plants and as the weather was mild I set to and popped them in here and there. There was no indication of colour of the individual plants so if they survive the winter the eventual colour will be a surprise. Advice is to pinch out the growing tip after planting which I haven’t done as yet.

Supplied as bare roots, these are large, mature plants ‘in the green’ which will quickly establish once planted. Our wallflowers are field-grown in the UK and are lifted, hand graded, packed and despatched all within a 48 hour period to ensure the quality of our plants. Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun. Fully hardy, biennial. Woolman.