A gorgeous present of Sarah Raven’s scented tulips came my way this week beautifully wrapped in a hessian sack tied with a pink ribbon.
The weather is due to change so I got ahead and planted Tulip ‘Orange Favourite’ with Tulip ‘Brown Sugar’ in one huge terracotta pot and Tulip ‘Ballerina’ in another.
It meant lifting the Scabiosa ‘Butterfly Blue’ which, after five months of non-stop blooms and regular visits from bees, had recently stopped flowering.
The clump was easy to pull apart and ten small plants are now potted up in 9 cm pots to be over-wintered in the pop-up greenhouse.
In the border three plants of Helleborus augustifolia are flowering early.
As is a stately evergreen Fatsia japonica adding height and drama to a shady corner of the garden.
The cream flowers are challenging to use in a vase so I picked a bunch and sprayed them with silver thinking ahead to Christmas decorations. They’ll be checked over in the next few weeks and if they survive then the rest of the flowers can be sprayed silver and gold.
I forgot to post a scented plant for October but conveniently Rosa ‘Iceberg’ is having a second flush with its beautiful flowers and delicate sent. It’s a pure white rose but looks palest pink in the fading light which triggered the street light at four in the afternoon.