wendyswonderlandgarden

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

Category: cottage gardening

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.

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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.


RHS Flower Show Tatton Park 2016

Yesterday Mum and I went to the RHS flower show at Tatton Park. We’ve been going on and off for a number of years and its a nice day out looking at plants and show gardens. This year as with the past few years we struggled to find the gardens as they had hidden them well. I think we saw them all in the end. For me personally I didn’t enjoy all the gardens as much as I used to, its seems to be about prairie planting and wild flower meadows which in some ways just means weeds to me. I like some of those but a good garden for me is full of colourful plants no matter what other structures they may have. I found a few. The other thing I noticed was that if I liked the garden it would invariably have been given a ‘silver gilt’ medal and if I didn’t like it they got ‘gold’. I know the RHS are looking for something different to myself but I have never noticed this with the medals before.

It was a pretty hot day so we didn’t buy any plants til just before we came home partly so we didn’t have to carry them and also didn’t want them to wilt. We bought 2 Echinaceas. One a creamy yellow colour and one an orangy/red colour. I will post pictures once they have been planted.

I hope you enjoy the pictures I have taken.