30 January 2011

We’re both in a great mood today because we’ve just reached the first milestone of the new growing season – the seed order!  In spite of the fact that we swore we’d show some restraint for a change, we got a little carried away…  (In other words, get comfortable – it’s going to be a long post!)

As ever, our beloved Chiltern Seeds was too tempting to resist.  First, a few old favorites putting in repeat appearances.

Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’:

Helenium autumnale ‘Helena Mix’:

Cleome spinosa:

Emilia sonchifolia:

Reseda odorata:

And one of our absolute favorites from 2010 – Didiscus caeruleus:

As for this year’s new additions, we seem to have caught primula fever.  We’re going to try Primula pulverulenta:

P. beesiana:

And P. chungensis:

Another experiment – violas.  Viola riviniana:

V. odorata var. alba:

And V. cornuta ‘Alba Minor’:

We love poppies.  This year, we’re adding 2 peony-flowered varieties (Papaver somniferum var. paeoniflorum) – ‘Black Peony’ and ‘Scarlet Peony’:

As well as a variety know for its enormous seed pods – P. somniferum ‘Giganteum’:

And a really gorgeous horned poppy – Glaucium flavum var. aurantiacum:

We both love upright, slightly spiky-shaped plants so we’re adding a mullein – Verbascum olympicum:

And two foxgloves – Digitalis ferruginea:

And D. obscura:

We’re focusing on the shadier bits of the garden this year, so here are some lovely woodlanders – Smilacina racemosa:

Disporum smithii:

Paris quadrifolia:

And Kirengeshoma palmata:

A couple of umbellifers – Selinum tenuifolium:

And Chaerophyllum hirsutum v. roseum:

We want to add some height (and some yellow) to our meadow planting – Silphium lacinatum:

A pair of ‘daisy’-shaped annuals to add some summer color – Thelesperma burridgeanum:

And Tithonia rotundifolia ‘Torch’:

One to keep the wildlife happy – fuller’s teasel (Dipsacus sativus):

Classics with a twist (sorry!) – unfamiliar varieties of well-known plants.  Semiaquilegia ecalcarata:

Clematis fusca var. violacea:

Geum rivale:

Monarda punctata:

And clary sage (Salvia sclarea):

We love using lobelia as underplanting in containers, but we’ve decided to give it a year off.  Instead, we’re going to try Verbena speciosa ‘Imagination’:

A multipurpose plant that we’ve always wanted to try – valerian (Valeriana officinalis):

Last year’s attempt to raise hardy cyclamen from seed was more successful than we expected, so we’re going to try again this year with Cyclamen purpurascens:

Finally, three lovely blueish/purplish blooms.  Trachelium caeruleum ‘Violet Veil of Flowers’:

Tweedia caerulea ‘Heavenborn’:

And Phacelia purshii:

So much for restraint.  (And this isn’t everything – stay tuned for our herb order and a try-out order with another nursery!)

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