This is week two of my plan to cut a pot of flowers for the house from the garden, allotment or hedgerow for 52 weeks. The nasturtiums are still blooming away so there maybe another pot full next week but I’ll try to mix them with something else. I hope that it will inspire more plants for the winter garden in all our gardens since there are so many lovely plants to choose from. Incidentally the vases are cut down plastic shampoo containers. I cut the first one and so enjoyed the simplicity and dark contrast of the plastic I saved the next two and slightly varied the heights. It was easy to peel off the label and then less easy to cut to size with a fine tenon saw.
This collection of small hand thrown pots were lurking at the back of the garden shed so having spotted half-price bulbs in Wilkinsons last week I decided to plant them up. This scale of pot needs very small bulbs so I chose Crocus Romance and Iris Katharine Hodgkin. I managed to get about 7 or 8 bulbs of each in a rather small space. I packed in as much fresh compost as I could and I have put them in a cold frame simply t0 thwart the squirrel. I can see from the photo that I should fill them to the top for maximum nourishment. The iris is scented and both will flower in February -March next year. Gosh that will help with my challenge won’t it?