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 ‘Sweet Kisses’
Cosmos ‘Pscyhe White’
Cosmos ‘Double Click Cranberries’
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’.
Acrolinum Double Giant Flowered
Helipterum roseum ‘Goliath Rose Red’
Helipterum roseum ‘Pierrot’
Rhodanthe manglesiii ‘Mixed’
Ipomoea ‘Spanish Flag’
Thunbergia alata ‘Superstar Orange’
Alyssum ‘Snow Cloth’
Reseda odorata ‘Ameliorata’
Dianthus superbus ‘Spooky’
Because I wouldn’t be without it.
Zaluzianskyia capensis ‘Midnight Candy’
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.