Love in a Mist
I scattered the contents of a dried seed head from my Nigella plants in August and suddenly spied these on the edge of the allotment a week ago. I seem to have missed the full flowering but since I love green flowers I am happy to live with these for Week 3 of not spending money at the florists. I have lots of seed heads of this annual flower saved in a paper bag so next week I’ll scatter them the length of the boundary next to the wire fence. They will then be ready to take off as soon as the weather warms up in April.
This has prompted me to buy a Moleskine page a day notebook for next year. I keep an allotment journal but it’s quite chaotic and relies on reading through to check what I did last year and usually all the preceding years. I can now write in useful reminders on the actual day of the right month and especially benefit from the number of Grow Your Own and gardening blogs that I am following. There’s a most useful reminder on growing biennial flowers (and much more) on wellywoman. Since I am aiming for more bio-diversity on the allotment and plan to make room for many more cut flowers, I will now make sure I am organised with dates for sowing biennials.
And Naomi at outofmyshed has a useful post on bare root plants including a supplier of bare root perennials. These are the herbaceous plants that come back year after year and can be easily divided up to increase your stock either on the allotment or in borders in the garden. There are several hardy perennials that I would never be without for reliability and beauty and for cutting. Geranium psilostemon, Phlomis russeliana, Crambe cordifolia, Alchemilla mollis, Astrantia major, Euphorbia amygdaloides var.robbiae, Helleborus argutifolius, Erysimum ‘Bowles Mauve’ are just a handful. It may not be possible to get these as bare root plants but if they are available they are cheaper than potted up plants. Otherwise they’ll be found in garden centres and nurseries from April onwards. I think what I am saying is it’s worth thinking about plants that give lots of opportunities for cutting for the house and also look stunning in the garden and that then come back year after year.