wendyswonderlandgarden

My passion in life is gardening and specifically growing flowers from seed

Category: cottage gardening

First roses of the season

I was feeling quite left out seeing lots of pictures online of roses flowering but tonight I’ve noticed ours are too! Hoorah. The first is called ‘hot chocolate’ and is relatively new with a gorgeous scent, not of chocolate I have to say. Good job as I’d want to eat it! But I really don’t see the point of roses without scent!

This last one is also relatively new and called Nostalgia. Again with a lovely scent and it’s not quite out yet but has lots of lovely new growth

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First poppies

Every day in my garden at the moment something new is flowering, it’s such an exciting season, I love poppies and 3 out of 5 of them have started flowering today

Sweet William

Another post in my series of firsts. My sweet William, all grown from seed and I keep sowing more as I thought they were biennials but they keep flowering every year so don’t need replacing. 2 different types. I prefer the first ones

First Sweetpea to flower

I planted these sweet peas (grown from seed I have collected from previous years so not sure of the variety) late April. A bit early I guess but they were getting too big to stay in the greenhouse. I think it actually started flowering a couple of weeks ago but I’ve only just got round to taking pictures

Plastic free gardening

This is a much talked about subject and I would say at this stage a very unrealistic thing to achieve as there aren’t many viable alternatives but I’m happy to try new things. I would also like to say that I do reuse my plastic seed trays and pots until they fall apart. Anyway, today I have sown some seeds in fibre trays (as below).

I have followed the strict instructions which are that you water the compost before sowing your seeds and then cover with more compost. I never normally do it this way. I do have to say that the trays are already very wet and I’m sure how long before they disintegrate. Hopefully before I need to plant, this is different too, you tear the tray pots and plant the whole thing. Also, because you plant the tray it means that while it’s better for the environment it’s expensive because they can’t be reused but I’m happy to try it and see how I get on. I will update you when I have some news. I sowed some cosmos (a bit late I suppose but the last lot didn’t come up) and some wallflowers (rubies and pearls).

Sweetpeas

They’ve quickly become one of my favourite summer flowers. I should probably say cut flowers but actually I don’t bring them in much. I love them on the plant where I can get my daily fix of the amazing scent.

White ones in the back garden, some in a container and some in the garden. Pinky/purple in the front, some in the garden and some in a pot. In general the ones in pots are doing better.

BBC Gardeners World Live Show 2017

Today I went with a lovely lady from church to the BBC Gardeners World live show in Birmingham NEC. For any overseas readers I should maybe explain BBC Gardeners World is a weekly gardening programme with a magazine and this year celebrates its 50th birthday. We had an interesting trip to the show, in that we couldn’t get off the train at the correct stop as the doors shut just as we got to them and so we had to travel a further stop on, get off and get a train back to the correct station. Fortunately we didn’t have to pay anything extra but it did take up about 45mins we could have been at the show.

Its pretty similar to RHS Chelsea flower show in that there are show gardens and many stalls and a couple of flower marquees. There are also a couple of theatre set ups for ‘celebrity’ gardeners such as Monty Don and Carol Klein to speak and we heard Carol Klein today. The BBC Good Food show (another magazine) was on today as well at the same venue although most of it was very expensive. We did enjoy some samples of cheese and sausages though.

Here are some of my pictures from the show gardens and floral marquee.

 

 

 

Busy, busy, busy!

Well we were certainly lucky with the lovely sunny weather on Friday for the day out at Chatsworth flower show. It’s not been as nice since! However, there was some dry weather on Saturday and I managed to get 2 trays of seedlings in the garden. 1st picture cosmos and 2nd picture zinnia which some pest has been eating in the greenhouse. I don’t know who or how. I put a line of slug pellets in front of the door on the outside and have been collecting dead slugs ever since. 



I think I could do a post daily at the moment as there is something new flowering daily but that would probably be too much for you my lovely readers. Here’s a few things flowering right now in my garden. The pale coloured foxglove is so pretty and I don’t think I planted it myself, think it’s self sowen. 

Poppies – my favourite early summer flower 

Just a quick post about my favourite flower of this season the poppy. Theses are specifically the papaver – the perennial plant although I love the annuals and self sowen one too.

This year I bought a new red one to replace one that died last year. That is the first picture. The flowers are like paper and don’t last long but are lovely all the same and  an occasionally flower twice in the year if cut back and the weather is right!


The others are purple, orange, peach and white. All beautiful plants and so easy to look after. 

Quarry Bank Mill

Just a quick post to share pictures of a spring garden at Quarry Bank mill national trust property in Cheshire and less than 15 mins from my post. Despite this fact this is the first time I’ve actually driven there and I’ve been driving over 10 years. They have a lovely garden fairly recently restored and I’ll definitely be going again soon.

Daddy used to work at Apprentice house in the ’60s, the 1960s he likes to point out and not the 1860s as some people apparently think that’s when people last worked there. Grandma (daddy’s mum) also volunteered in the mill spinning and was there when I visited as a child with school.