Happy New Year!

Janus, the Roman god of beginnings was always depicted with two faces , one looking back and one ahead. So New Year’s Day seems like a good time to have a backwards glance at some of my favourite blooms of 2017. And then onwards with the plans for this year.

And now for the forward planning. The big treat for this month is browsing through the seed catalogues. I made my lists of must- have seeds and the total is eye -wateringly expensive, so some drastic pruning was necessary. Even pruned to the  bare bones the total is more than £100. I left it for a few days to see if I could reduce it a bit more but the result was I added a few. I was pleased that last year I sacrificed a few brassicas and used one of my raised vegetable beds for cut flowers. So this year I will do the same thing. And I love the dried flowers I grew, so next year I will dig up the strawberry bed and grow more of these. There is a strawberry farm only a couple of miles up the road so I don’t need to grow strawberries.

Here is the list .

For the cutting garden.

Ageratum ‘Timeless mix’

Ammi visagna ‘Casablanca’

Aster ‘Valkyrie Mixed Seeds’

Calendula officinalis ‘Orange Porcupine’

Centuarea americana ‘Aloha Blanca’

Centaurea americana ‘Aloha rosea’

Clarkia amoena ‘Memoria’

Cleome spinosa ‘Mixed Colours’

Cosmos ‘Velouette’

Cosmos ‘Sweet Kisses’

Cosmos ‘Pscyhe White’

Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’

Coreopsis ‘Roulette’

Crepis rubra

Daucus daura

Delphinium consolida ‘Misty Lavender’

Dianthus chinesis var, heddewigii ‘Black and White Minstrels’

Didscus caeruleus ‘Lace Mixture’

Gypsophila elegans ‘Kermesina’

Malope trifida ‘Vulcan’

Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara’

Scabiosa atropurpurea ‘Fata Morgana’

Tropaeolum majus Ladybird Rose’

Zinnia elegans ‘Mazurkia’

Zinnia elegans ‘Benary’s Giant Lime’.

 For drying:-

Acrolinum Double Giant Flowered

Helipterum roseum ‘Goliath Rose Red’

Helipterum roseum ‘Pierrot’

Linomium suworowii

Rhodanthe manglesiii ‘Mixed’

Grass:-Hordeum jubatum

Briza media


Cobaea  ‘Alba’

Ipomoea ‘Spanish Flag’

Lathyrus rotundifolius

Thunbergia alata ‘Superstar Orange’

For scent.

Alyssum ‘Snow Cloth’

Reseda odorata ‘Ameliorata’

Dianthus monspessulanus

Dianthus superbus ‘Spooky’

Because I wouldn’t be without it.

Zaluzianskyia capensis ‘Midnight Candy’

Omphalodes linifolia

Agrostemma githago ‘Milas Snow Queen’.

Beguiled by the catalogue description.

Ceratotheca triloba (and lots more which I have pruned)

And of course I keep thinking of more. Each year I like to grow a couple of different aquilegias. I fancy a big pot full of the stunning Lobelia tupa. Azorina vidalii looks fabulous in a pot too. And what about some primulas?  Snapdragons? Stocks? Help!

I have to prune the list some more of course, I haven’t room for so many flowers in the cutting garden. And it is still way too expensive. I would love to hear what other people are ordering from their seed catalogues. What have you fallen for this year?

Whatever you grow in 2017 I wish you a wonderful year in the garden and I am looking forward to reading all about it.

A Happy New Year to all my lovely blogging friends and a big thank you for reading my blog and for sharing your gardens with me.



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62 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. So gorgeous! Happy New Year!

  2. snowbird says:

    How wonderful seeing all those heavenly blooms on such a cold grim day. I must say I’m amazed your list doesn’t cost a lot more, I haven’t dared look at seed catalogs yet, I’m the same as you, I simply don’t know when to stop. I only have a small greenhouse so quickly run out of room. Sowing seeds and seeing the early germinations is one of my favourite gardening tasks, unbloomingbeatable! All the very best to you and yours for 2018, it always a pleasure dropping by.xxx

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Dina. I agree, watching out for seeds to germinate is the greatest fun. I haven’t got room for all the seeds I plan to sow. My eyes are bigger than my stomach.

  3. Happy New Year! I loved reflecting on your garden year past with all those wonderful blooms. Best wishes to you are yours for a fabulous 2018!

  4. March Picker says:

    You grew some beauties in 2017! Love the hellebores and peonies in particular. Since you’re willing to forego some fruit and veg, I imagine even more flowers will be glorious. Your shopping list is pretty massive, but you truly aren’t alone in that. Here’s to a lovely 2018!

  5. Linda says:

    That is a long list of seeds ! The seed catalogs are only just arriving , so I haven’t had a chance to start a list . I’ll have to take a closer look at your list !
    Happy New Year !

  6. tonytomeo says:

    Ha! You are getting nasturtiums! I am not the only one! They ROK!

  7. Kris P says:

    Your 2017 collage is beautiful – and the sight of your peonies once again produced an automatic sigh from me. You are nothing if not ambitious with your list of seeds for 2018. I hope you’ll provide periodic updates on your seedlings. I’m becoming somewhat more comfortable working with seeds, although I still rely on those I can direct seed here. I’ll be on-line early tomorrow morning when one Washington state grower opens up its dahlia tubers and seeds sale. Last year, things disappeared from my cart before I reached checkout but I’m hoping for better luck this year.

    Best wishes for a glorious new year in the garden! I look forward to continuing to follow your blog.

    • Chloris says:

      My list is far too long of course. I hope you manage to get some lovely dahlias.
      All the best to you dear Kris, I look forward to reading about your garden in 2018. I can’t wait to see what you will grow in your new lath house.

  8. Alison says:

    I changed a raised veggie bed over to a cutting garden this fall, and plan to start lots of seeds in it. My list is in a post, here: http://bonneylassie.blogspot.com/2017/12/celebrating-lifetimes-growth-of-60-year.html

  9. Gadzooks, you are an ambitious seed selector. I might try 10 or 12! That Orange Peel Witch Hazel is fantastic, love it. I have incorporated my cutting and veg into a kitchen garden.I managed to obliterate your comment from my blog..I envy your summer and we have had cold and flu sinc end of November, still coughing. Happy New Year, Liz.

    • Chloris says:

      Well of course the list is too long, think of all that pricking out. I must be mad.
      The Orange Peel witch hazel is my favourite.
      Happy New Year Amy.

  10. Eliza Waters says:

    An impressive list. I loved your photos, so many gorgeous plants. I’m drooling over the Hammelis ‘Orange Peel!’

  11. Flighty says:

    Good pictures and an interesting, and long, list. My is far shorter and consists of old favourites this year.
    Thanks, and to you too. xx

  12. pbmgarden says:

    Your flowers cheer me immensely on this cold winter morning and it’s a delight to just read over your seed list. Happiest of times to you in the coming year!

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Susie and to you too. I wish I knew how you made your flower roundels in your last post -so pretty.

      • pbmgarden says:

        That little trick is easy. Try this and let me know if you have questions. Click where you want the gallery, then choose Add Media. Next choose Create Gallery. Choose the images you want to include and then click the Create a New Gallery button. On right-hand side of resulting page you should see Gallery Settings. Change the gallery Type option from thumbnail grid to Circles. Then click insert gallery. You may have to preview it to see the circles.

      • Chloris says:

        Thank you Susie. Maybe I will give it a try sometime. It is a lovely way to display your flowers.

  13. karen says:

    Wow, those photos have surely cheered me up today. What a lot of colour to look forward to. I’m looking enviously at your list. I’ve got my seed catalogues but no energy to look at them just now. If I lean out of the bedroom window I can see a large patch of snowdrops in full bloom. I’m longing to get in my potting shed and sort seeds and seed trays and compost…. `thanks for sharing your list. There’s a few I didn’t recognise and I’ve had to look them up. I specially want to dry some flowers for winter this year. Karen

    • Chloris says:

      I hope you are feeling better now Karen. I got the energy up to walk down the garden today and what a delight to find the witch hazels are out.
      Let’s hope we will be soon be fighting fit and out in our potting sheds.

      • karen says:

        I’ve been to check mine and the deep red one is in full flower. So cheerful. But it is bitterly cold here today and as soon as I get cold I start coughing again. So back indoors and no chance to check the greenhouse. Something to look forward to tomorrow maybe. I do hope you are feeling a bit stronger today. What a time we have both had. I can’t wait to get back in my potting shed to sort out the seed packets. I feel I’m getting behind already. Only just put the new calendar up. Love karen x

      • karen says:

        Just checking up on you again. I do hope your energy and health has returned at last and you are able to get out in the garden. I’m finding this a very slow return to normality. I can’t remember a January like it. Love karen x

      • Chloris says:

        How kind of you to ask. I am feeling much better thank you, although a bit more energy would be nice. I hope you will be better soon and enjoying the garden. What we need is a bit of bit of sun.

      • karen says:

        We so need some sun! Xx

  14. Anna says:

    A most Happy New Year to you Chloris! Your sowing plans sound most exciting. I deduce that you’ve been reading the Chiltern Seeds Catalogue amongst others. I fell for a few packets before Christmas but still have to tidy my seed box and make a list in order of sowing times. A job for the new few days I think as the forecast is on the chilly side. Good luck with your pruning which will not be an easy task.

  15. Wow, you must have a world-class cutting garden! So many species I’ve never even heard of. And thanks for sharing the beautiful photographs from 2017. Happy New Year!

  16. You have impressive plans! And your blooms from 2017 were stellar! I see that you’re growing many Cosmos and Zinnia varieties for cutting–aren’t they wonderful?! All the best to you and yours in the new year, Chloris!

  17. Cathy says:

    How lovely to see your 2017 blooms again Chloris – and have a peek at your seed list too. Prompted by you and Christina I am going to grow flowers for drying too so will study your list in more detail later – not sure where I am going to put them though! I tend to buy most of my seeds through eBay now and have been buying them in dribs and drabs so have no idea yet how many I have, but I do need to check what I HAVEN’t got yet. I am going to try a cream nasturtium with a purple blotch this year but after the experience of Nasturtium Cherry Rose which was most definitely NOT the pink it was meant to be, I wonder if they really are as in the pictures…?

    • Chloris says:

      Growing flowers for drying is great fun and helps with your winter vases. I bought some aquilegia seeds from eBay once but they didn’t germinate, I think they must have been old, so that put me off. Right, N. Cherry Rose is off the list. Which one is the cream one? It sounds nice.

      • Cathy says:

        Most of my eBay seeds are from just 2 or 3 companies and the quality has always been very good and the price is excellent, even including postage which means I can buy them on a whim- they sell commercially and are not just anybodies. The nasturtium is Ladybird Cream with Purple Spot which I have had to order on its own from Nicky’s Nursery but I have also ordered the Ladybird Rose one (from Chiltern) that you had on your list. I hope they are both as described!

  18. Annette says:

    What a lovely idea to display your favourites, Liz. Garden full of treasures. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new (gardening) year for you and the Pianist. Thanks to spring-like temperatures all sorts of buds are tempted to open so I’m quite thrilled when I go for a stroll in our stormy and very wet garden.

    • Chloris says:

      Thank you Annette and all the best to you and Monsieur for the New Year. It is exciting seeing all the bulbs showing their noses in the garden at this time of the year; so much promise.

  19. Christina says:

    A very Happy New Year to you Liz. I did most of my seed order during the Black Friday sale. I too ordered too any packs, some after seeing them on your blog. I’ve even started sowing a few things, just because I want to feel that the new year is beginning.

    • Chloris says:

      Happy New Year Christina, you are well ahead. I haven’t ordered yet, I am still trying to cut down the list, but then I think of new plants I can’t be without. And then there is the veggie list which is far too long.

  20. Happy New Year to you as well, and thank you for sharing your wonderful photos (as well as a sneak preview of the plant list). It was fabulous to see so much color in the midst of winter. I’ve shared a few of my favorite photos from 2017, as well as my potager seed list, in my New Year’s blog post as well. https://wildlifegardenerblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/04/happy-new-year/

    May you have a happy, healthy New Year! -Lynn

  21. Brian Skeys says:

    I have so far resisted temptation and limited my seed order to the HPS list. This is the first time I have used my membership allowance. Good luck with the restraint! I look forward to seeing the outcome during the year.

  22. bittster says:

    What a nice idea, just what this cold, snowy weather calls for.
    Happy New year, all the best and thanks for the always entertaining posts. Sounds like 2018 will be just as exciting!

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  24. homeslip says:

    Gorgeous photos from 2017, especially the burnt orange tulips against the Suffolk pink wall. I think £2 a week and all the fun you will have growing the seeds not to mention the end result sounds very good value and some of your selection willl produce seed to use for next year I’m sure. Happy New Year Chloris.

    • Chloris says:

      I have plenty of saved seed too so my seed greed is going to cause lots of problems. And the list doesn’t include veg. This year I’m going to try lots of different salad veg.
      Happy New Year Sarah.

  25. Cathy says:

    Happy New Year! Your seed list sounds wonderful… and exhausting! I would love to grow more, but with no greenhouse, limited time, and millions of snails and slugs I shall keep it down to my old favourites – Cosmos, Nigella, Ricinus, Abutilon, Scabiosa etc, and new for me this year some Nicotiana seed… Happy gardening in 2018!

  26. Alison C says:

    Oh boy, I just had a sort out and seeds now cover my dining room table. I’ve already found a couple of things I’ve duplicated. I will now be making a list and checking it twice before I order. A good point from above about it costing £2 a week, that makes it sound very reasonable for all that fun and beauty!
    Thanks for sharing your list and photos. The result may be me adding things to my list. I’ve got my eye on Cosmos ‘Cupcakes’ and pale yellow sunflowers which I have not had before. I can see you’ve been choosing from Chiltern Seeds. It makes is even harder now they have the beguiling photographs, don’t you think?

    • Chloris says:

      Oh yes, Cosmos ‘Cupcakes’ is a must have. I have managed to prune my list a bit but then I have added other things. And I haven’t even started on the veg. Do you grow veg? The Veg Book is pure veggy porn.

      • Alison C says:

        Oh yes, the table was filled again with vegetable seeds. I think I have most things I need including about 12 kinds of tomatoes. Is that enough?

      • Chloris says:

        Oh, I don’t know, only 12 kinds of tomatoes? Seriously, what are you going to do with them all? Start a soup kitchen?

  27. Kelly Mahan says:

    Those are some gorgeous blooms! Can’t wait to see how you’re planning will turn out throughout the year!

  28. Jane Gealy says:

    January is a great time of year to start planning for the year ahead. My pile of seed catalogues is expanding rapidly!

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