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Saturday 28th March 2020 Three Months AC

My plan today was not to mention the terrible situation that is life on Earth today but to add a few plants that I have got ready to plant out in the garden when the weather warms up a little more.

This morning I read an article that says it all. I am leaving the link here. https://www.bbc.co.uk/stories-52

Potentilla Atrosanguinea – I bought this healthy little plant online from https://www.secretgardeningclub.co.uk along with a few others. It’s a shrubby plant that bears red flowers during June and July. I look forward to seeing it thrive in my garden. I received the plant a couple of weeks ago and potted it on to grow a little before it goes outside. The foliage is very attractive and the plant looks sturdy and well worth the couple of pounds I paid for it.

Potentilla is a genus containing over 300 species of annual, biennial and perennial herbaceous flowering plants in the rose family, Rosaceae. They are usually called cinquefoils in English. Potentilla are generally only found throughout the northern continents of the world, though some may even be found in montane biomes of the New Guinea Highlands. wiki

Erysimum Red Jep and Yellow Bird – Today I have planted the two hardy perennial Wallflowers from secret. I already have a Bowles Mauve and an un-named yellow variety, both from cuttings gifted to me by my sister. I love them both and so when I saw these available for £1.99 each I jumped at the chance to add them to my collection. I already have a few roots of Wallflowers grown either from seed or bare roots and I am very fond of the genus.

Wallflower Persian Carpet
Wallflowers

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.

Wallflowers – Potting and Planning

I spent a bit of time today potting on some seedlings of Wallflowers. I have a couple of large plants in the garden that are past their best so had sown some of their seeds in a tray of compost. I have moved 24 of them on into a module tray. There are still loads left so I shall pot them all on in the hope that they will survive the winter. I love gillies, they brighten up the garden, last ages and smell lovely. They remind me of my Nan and Grandad Bagley who used to grow them and Sweet Williams in their little bit of earth at the back of the brew house. It was mostly coal slack and ash from the fire but they seemed to thrive.

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February 8th and the seedlings from the collected seeds are doing well indoors. I have fourteen individual seedlings in small 3″ pots and about  ten all together in a 7″ pot. There are still loads of tiny seedlings outside in a large modular tray.

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.