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.
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.
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.