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Bulbs Planted

November 18, 2016

I dodged the rain and planted up five large pots with Sarah Raven Brandy Snap tulips. The collection is made up of the exotic T. Bruine Wimpel, T. Cairo, T. Belle Epoque and T. Ronaldo.


Allium bulbs were also waiting to go in but as often happens at this time of year I got on a roll and started shifting plants and dividing up. Two Cistus ‘Sunset’ shrubs bought in 2 L pots earlier this year needed room to spread so after lifting huge sprawling clumps of Sedum ‘ Autumn Joy’ there was plenty of room to take the cistus.  I put two bags of the sedum out on the pavement with a flower in each to show it’s potential and instructions to plant in part shade or full sun and both were taken.


Phlomis fruticosa, which is one of the easiest herbaceous perennials to divide up, went from a clump to five new plants simply by lifting and easing apart at the base. These were re-planted around a shrub rose to hide the stem when the phlomis flowers should reach 1 m next year. It’s great as a cut flower seen here in a vase with Nigella damascena.

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I then got the allium bulbs in and planted A. caeruleum dotted to come up through the phlomis. Allium aflatunensis bulbs were planted in the main bed.


Dividing up and moving plants around is especially satisfying when using existing stock and herbaceous plants are some of the easiest to lift and divide. I will wait until next Spring to split clumps of Nepeta ‘Six Hills Giant’ since the ground is soggy and the paths will be muddy doing it now.

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Tellima grandiflora is also on my list for lifting and dividing next year.DSCN6534

The vase this week is based around scented leaves: Pineapple sage, Lemon verbena, Geranium macrorrhizum and Cistus with a few flowers of Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’ which is the only flower available to pick now.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2016 12:55 pm

    You have been busy; it is a bit early to start planting tulips here although I have planted some into pots in the greenhouse for cutting. I think you Phlomis is russeliana rather than fruticosa which is more a shrub and not a plant that can be divided as you described. The leaf is the right shape for russeliana too. Very generous of you to give away the Sedum, I hope they will be appreciated.

    • November 18, 2016 3:22 pm

      Yes I think you are right and thanks for pointing it out. It’s more herbaceous than shrub in form and has been in the garden since we arrived and is a favourite..

      • November 18, 2016 3:29 pm

        I have both but fruticosa thrives in the drought and seeds everywhere but yours needs some water so that mine remains small and needs some water in summer.

  2. November 22, 2016 8:13 am

    I know why I like your posts–they are imbued with hope–and of course beautiful photos!!! Always a great start to the day! Thank you.

  3. November 22, 2016 9:30 am

    In response to your lovely comment it’s why I love gardening -there’s always something to look forward to. I’ve waited for the last three weeks for the beech head to turn a joyous burnt orange and this weekend, soaked by the rain, it did. And of course on the allotment it’s constant anticipation and hope that everything sown or planted will go from fork to plate.

  4. lucy moore permalink
    November 28, 2016 11:12 am

    lovely ideas Sue! I have also got Tulip Ronaldo, still to be planted.

  5. November 28, 2016 11:52 am

    Hi Lucy

    Ronaldo is new to me and looks gorgeous as do all the others in the collection. I think it’s worth trying new tulips each year especially when they are in pots and appreciated.

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