I have to admit that there is very little in flower in the garden this week. This is one of six large clumps of Japanese Anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’ that I planted last year. The golden stamens in the centre contrast beautifully with the purity of the white flowers and as a group they compliment the grey stone wall that sits behind. But apart from these plus lots of white hydrangea and quantities of sedum, which is just beginning to turn from green to pink, the garden is mostly green and rather dull.
The anemones quite quickly drop their petals when in a vase, usually within a couple of days, but flower for ages in the garden so I limited the pickings to two stems. Here they are with two heads of Ammi majus that eventually came through after a second sowing from seed and there were two sowings of Cosmos ‘Sensation’ before it finally produced flowers last week . Neither of these beauties have provided anything like the quantity I had imagined for cutting but both are in the diary to try again next year.
However I followed Naomi at http://outofmyshed.co.uk/ and sowed some cooking peas for a crop of tender pea tops to add to salad leaves. I soaked them overnight on friday, planted them in a wooden crate in new potting compost on saturday and four days later they are sprouting through the soil. I’ll post an image next week when they should be high and mighty. I grew some very tasty pea shoots earlier this year from a packet of garden centre peas. They were sown in a large pot outside the kitchen door and we enjoyed two pickings before the slugs got to them. This time they are high up on a garden table and in full sun.
This lovely Canterbury Bell is in the newly created herbaceous border on the allotment that lines the 60 metre fence leading to the compost loo. We started it in spring filling the 1 metre wide bed with cuttings, divided up herbaceous perennials plus packets of wild flower seeds. It’s very succesful and as soon as I can get down there to do some serious weeding I’ll take some images and post it.