It’s a cold, wet windy day here. Pretty miserable when you look out at it but I ventured out to show you what is looking fantastic in the rain after Storm Callum. Once out there I replanted some chrysanthemums, potted on a few pansies and planted a pack of bulbs so I guess it’s warmer that I thought.
Today the garden is looking very pink
These guys are still going strong from a late sowing so I will definitely do this again next year. I know that some frost is forecast for next week so I know these will disappear pretty soon because of that I am soaking up their delicate beauty as much as I can.
Rose – Silver Jubilee
This is the one with a story this week. This rose is as close I could find to the hybrid tea rose that was planted either side of my house growing up. I didn’t get to take a cutting before the house passed on and they were removed so as soon as I saw this in the Ratoath garden centre I picked it up hugged it and didn’t put it down. Yes, I hugged a plant, it felt like hugging home. This specimen though is in need of care. This has
These will be finishing soon too but my house is covered in dahlias from the garden as I cut
These guys are really coming into their own now as the colder air is setting in. I just love their happy faces and I can’t imagine a cottage garden without them.
These are a new addition to the garden this year and I really love them. I will definitely sow some next year. I just bought a tester batch of 6 this year to see how they would fair in the front and back gardens and they are looking fantastic. They are a plant that I have killed in the past in other properties so I am very surprised they seem to like it here. I think I’m going to look into different varieties though.
There you have it folks, another week in the cottage garden and another 6 plants that deserve a highlight good or bad. Looking forward to your posts and seeing what’s happening in your gardens around the world.
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Don’t be too hard on yourself with the garden. If your weather has been anything like ours it has been a very trying year. Too cold then top wet then too dry and too hot then just too dry. Flowers still looking fab.
same weather, same drought, same extreme heat and everything seems to have flowered and seeded rather quickly with very little time to enjoy each set. Even the bulbs have all come up together because of the late frost and sudden warmth in late Spring.
The palette this week is so soft and gentle and I am gradually being seduced by SOS dahlias. Should i or shouldn’t I?
You could always get 2 to try out, one in a pot and one in the ground so you can move the one in the pot if needsr
The snapdragons are rather lovely and definitely a must for a cottage garden. As are Chrysanthemums! Lovely raindrops on your photo.
Thank you so much Jude. Sometimes it’s nice to capture the rain on them it makes everything look fresh.
Disaster this year with the garden, between the snow, drought and dogs randomly digging up and eating veg but I have bulbs ready to go for next year. I better get them in the ground if there’s frost coming.
The weather forecast has been all over the place, hasn’t it? So hard to plan. I’ve been out trying to do things when the weather is warm enough. Still a tonne of bulbs to go :/
Can I send you sun and warmth? Because today it’s 27 ° C and full sun in France … We have lunch outside on the terrace and shorts & caps are back … Unfortunately, the cold is coming soon, you’re right … Like you, I like to take advantage of my dahlias and snapdragons and I know it’s almost over for this year … (sigh)
oh Fred yes yes you can …in fact please do it might help my Marconi peppers to ripen!
You have some lovely dahlias there. And you can never have too many! Snapdragons are actually perennials and, with luck, will come back for several years. Simply cut them down when the flowers go over and mulch them a bit (or put a bell cloche over them) to provide a bit of protection. As long as the ground doesn’t get too soggy, they may well come through for you again. I’ve got a few I particularly want to keep if I can so I’ll be lifting them and overwintering in the greenhouse.
I did not know that. Every day is a school day.
I didn’t know that either! I will be mulching the back bed as soon as these flowers go over. They are still going strong.
The dahlias are magnificent. They will be in my garden next summer. I have ordered catalogs.
oh me too! I am so excited to find aflower that I love that will work with my roses and carnations and grasses and look as fabulous as they dd this year. I need some stakes though and more pots for them to start off in during spring. That helped to get them going a little earlier.