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Wallflowers (Cheiranthus)

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I know these aren’t to everyones liking … maybe a little too ‘everyday’ … but they do fill a gap in my garden until the Perennial plants appear again for another season!

I bought a couple of mixed colour bunches from the local Greengrocer last Autumn … and I have been pleasantly surprised at the many different colours.

Here they all are …

Some may have to be re-sited soon as I need to find space for a couple of Hebes … the ones that have been in pots by the front door all Winter … the pots will then be filled with Hostas for the Summer. So much to do at this time of year!

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I really like wallflowers, the scent especially reminds me of Mum and Dad, Mum always cut some for the house. I,ve some in pots with violas this year.

10 Apr, 2012

 

I love wallflowers Shirley and you have a beautiful collection...All my fav colours...:>)

10 Apr, 2012

 

Lovely to have stirred some memories for you, Pam ... :o) .......

I have been really pleased with the colours, Motty ... usually they turn out paintbox yellow or deep red! ... :o))

10 Apr, 2012

 

I have three bronze ones which have flowered on and on and on. Value for money, I'd say.

10 Apr, 2012

 

I didnt use to like these much but i planted a few by the front door [almost complete shade] and they have flowered for quite a while and smell delicious, i shall get more next year!!

10 Apr, 2012

 

I have orange , yellow and purple wallflowers

10 Apr, 2012

 

i love mine grew them from seed and they huge lol ........... flowered all winter and loads now , colours like yours , am very proud of them as never grown them before , and yours are gawjuss tooo x

10 Apr, 2012

 

Very pretty set of photos.
Lovely flowers and I like the colours :o)

10 Apr, 2012

 

I love them Shirley . . . maybe they're "everyday" for a reason!

10 Apr, 2012

 

I love them and the scent is divine, some of mine have been in the garden for years, doesn`t matter how cruel you are either by accident or on purpose they always bounce back...

10 Apr, 2012

 

I would be quite happy to see Wallflowers' every day,'Shirley..especially that lovely red one,and the deep pink...:o)

10 Apr, 2012

 

I don't mind wallflowers at all - love the scent!

10 Apr, 2012

 

I have just returned after a couple of hours away to find all these lovely comments! ... Well, it certainly seems that Wallflowers are more popular than I thought ... and another of the 'old-fashioned' plants that make me happy are Sweet Williams ... now there's a scent to evoke childhood memories for me! ... :o)))

10 Apr, 2012

 

It should be in every cottage garden, along with sweet williams, aquilegia, poppies, rananculus etc etc!! Love 'em all :o))

10 Apr, 2012

 

ah,Sweet Williams ! I keep forgetting about those...lovely :o)

10 Apr, 2012

 

Sheila ... I have all those you mentioned ... except the Sweet Williams ... note to self .... buy some ... lol!

Bloomer, both my Dad and Grandad were named William ... though their 'sweet' moments were rare! .....

10 Apr, 2012

 

The list is endless Shirley - I could go on and on and on and ... lol

10 Apr, 2012

 

Lol, Sheila ... lots of Hollyhocks and Delphiniums appearing too ... :o)

10 Apr, 2012

 

They look beautiful Shirley, dont know much about them, when is it best to sow some? Do they flower all winter?

10 Apr, 2012

 

Willinilli, none of these were sown by me ... they were purchased as young plants back in the Autumn and planted then ... the greengrocers and florists often sell them in bunches of 20 or so ... just foliage through Winter with flowers from about March ... I shall take cuttings from them as they begin to stop flowering ... fingers crossed they strike! ... :o)

10 Apr, 2012

 

I to love the smell of wallflowers, we always called them Gillies when i was a kid:)

10 Apr, 2012

 

Thanks Shirley, they are beautiful colours.
I see alot of Goyers have them out the front, seems like a good idea for early colour.

10 Apr, 2012

 

I love wallflowers, and I love the scent they've got. I must get round to planting mine. They are starting to flower now.

10 Apr, 2012

 

I love them too Shirley and their scent is divine.

10 Apr, 2012

 

Love the scent, and the colours, some of the old flowers are still the best......good selection there Shirley, are you OK?

10 Apr, 2012

 

Thats reminded me Sue, myaunt used to call them gillivers.....I wonder why?

Be careful when you buy them,not last autumn but the autumn before I bought some....dwarf wallflowers....they showed no sign of flowering but during the summer 'grew like topsy' and are now flowering normal size.......seedlings methinks!

11 Apr, 2012

 

I love wall flowers, will have to try some of these for next spring. I also like sweet williams, beautiful flowers and lovely scent.

11 Apr, 2012

 

They might be `everyday` Shirley but I do think that some of the oldies are best. Lovely colours to brighten your day.

11 Apr, 2012

 

I love the colour of the last one ;O)

11 Apr, 2012

 

Thankyou for all the comments ... it's 4pm and we currently have hail stones bouncing around ... :o(

11 Apr, 2012

 

wall flowers, my OH favourites

11 Apr, 2012

 

I sprinkles sweet william seeds in two pots and more or lessforgot them now esch year I seem to get lots of flowers for the garden and house...no trouble...

11 Apr, 2012

 

Must get some sweet william seeds must must must I forgot last year too.

11 Apr, 2012

 

A lovely collection Shirley dazzling colours I love them and the scent is heavenly. Particularly like 5 and 6, I would love a cutting if they take and you have one to spare ;0))

11 Apr, 2012

 

Wonderful, wonderful scent........

12 Apr, 2012

 

Believe it or not, we saw a large display of Wallflowers at a GC this morning ... £5.99 per potted plant! ...

Carole, I shall try my best with the cuttings, and have set myself a reminder on here! ... :o)

12 Apr, 2012

 

Good luck with the cuttings Shirley ,plants are so expensive these days, its worth giving it a go.
I f you like a few Sweet William cuttings just let me know, I have lots and they get bigger each year;0)

12 Apr, 2012

 

Sounds like a good swap to me, Carole! ... I would love some Sweet William cuttings ... thankyou so much ... :o)

12 Apr, 2012

 

We have a deal then lol

12 Apr, 2012

 

Yes indeed ... :o)

13 Apr, 2012

 

Why bother with cuttings girls. Because they are 'Ordinary' you can buy packets of seeds for very little. They are hardy biennials. They can be treated as perennials because they are so hardy they will last for years. I got 350 seeds for 99p which I sowed in August. It was late but they are ready to flower now I just have to get them out to where i want them to flower. You should sow them May June time for planting out in the garden in September. They will flower March - June next year. When they finish flowering cut back the flowering stems and you might get more flowers in the autumn but they will flower again in the spring for years to come. Sweet William and Antirrhinums (not perfumed but jewel colours) are the same.

15 Apr, 2012

 

Oh yes Sweet Williams and Delphiniums more favs of mine, I started out with a couple a few years back and now have loads, I throw the seedheads in a spare bit of ground and then transplant from there, in fact I am still adding wallflowers as some have only popped up since our warm spell in March, if theres a gap I'll fill it....

15 Apr, 2012

 

There was a childhood game, holding hands in a circle singing

'wallflowers wallflowers growing up so high
We are little children and we must surely die
All excepting..........who is the youngest child
Turn your back, face the wall
Fie fie fie...'

I had to google it to see if my memory was right
Came at the time that we played
'whats the time mr wolf'
Hopscotch
British bulldog etc etc etc

I wonder if children today play games

15 Apr, 2012

 

Up here most playgrounds seem to have hopscotch painted in the playground and i was delighted to see one at my grand daughters school in Somerset. I had never heard your rhyme before and I have never heard of British Bulldog. All our grandchildren have played I spy since they were very small. I introduced our 5 year old grand daughter to scrabble when we were down this time and I found it tied in very well with her mathletics which she does on the computer as part of her homework. Our nearly four year old Gson wanted to play too and had great fun looking at the letters and telling me what he thought he could use them for. I wonder how many of these games were invented to pass on basic education to children before schooling became compulsory.

15 Apr, 2012

 

We played hopscotch (always carried a chalky stone to mark out the pitch), skipping games, Granny's footsteps, Jacks(fives), leapfrog, and "What's the time, Mr Wolf?" in our playground. What's British Bulldog? I haven't heard of that one either, Scotsgran.

15 Apr, 2012

 

I have not heard of Jacks either. It was amazing how all that was needed in the way of skipping ropes etc appeared just at the right time. Hide and seek, rounders there was never a dull moment. i don't think they had invented the word bored till after we grew up. Stamp collecting, cigarette cards for the boys it was an endless stream of fun filled education. Sorry Sirley tulip we seem to be straying down memory lane.

15 Apr, 2012

 

I used to collect cigarette cards - the flags of all nations - and was a bit p****d off when my Dad gave up smoking before I'd completed the set. I collected stamps, too. I wondered what happened to them all - especially all those beautiful triangular Vatican City ones?

15 Apr, 2012

 

Great childhood memories ..I loved Jacks and Hopscotch..do any of you remember "you can't cross the Golden river ? "...All the open spaces to play rounders ..just great :o)

15 Apr, 2012

 

I hated sports of any kind, and only participated if beaten or blackmailed. We had a particularly brutal games teacher, Miss Jennings, who really hurt my back by pushing me down when I couldn't quite touch my toes. I was good at climbing ropes in gym, though, and would shin up to the ceiling and try to stay there unnoticed until the lesson was over.

15 Apr, 2012

 

Children today miss out on street games...the car has a lot to answer for. Crossing golden river Bloomer? we had froggy froggy may I cross the water? possibly the same game only duller lol. Wallflowers song Pam we sang too, but with slightly different words. At the end it was fie for she / fie for she /turn your backs to the wall again. We played all the others including my favourite 'kick the can' , people were nicer to children then, sadly I think people would moan at children playing noisily outside their homes now.
Back to your lovely flowers Shirley, strange what paths your blog has led us down. I love wallflowers, known hereabouts as gilly flowers. The reason all the lovely old flowers were so popular is they were easy to grow and looked lovely...what more could we ask. I'm going to give sweet williams a go next year now they've been mentioned her as easy to grow:-))

26 Apr, 2012

 

I,ve got some sweetwilliams in tubs and although they've been outside winter and summer for two or three years they are lovely and green at the moment, my wallflowers are right out now but Ikeep missing the perfume in this wet and windy april.....

I think jacks are what we called snobs, 5 square chalk blocks.....anyone have whips and tops...or hulahoops.....

26 Apr, 2012

 

I loved whips and tops ..and chalking the colours on the top..I never had a hula hoop,but used to play with my daughters :o)..the toy variety not the eating one..had a few of those :o)

26 Apr, 2012

 

Biennials like wallflower and Sweet william should be sown in rows in May and June and then the plants transplanted in the autumn where you want them to flower the following year. I cut my wallflower back after flowering and then they come away again. They can get quie straggly if left to do their own thing. I cut back my sweet williams after the last flowers have self seeded and allow them to grow where they fancy. .

26 Apr, 2012

 

Pam I thought jacks were what we called jack and ollies, ollies were marbles. Never any good at that game, I wasn't any good at hula hoops either, but my friend was. Then there was a fear that the h.hoops were causing early puberty as young girls began menstruating...so mums took them away. I was always amazed at how other kids knew what was the craze of the season 'cos where ever you went they were playing the same game.
Scotsgran, thanks for the tips, I'll have to get some Sweet William seed soon then:-)
Wait 'til Shirley sees all the twists and turns of her blog :-)

26 Apr, 2012

 

Marleys we called them! and the big ones twosers or towsers...can,t remember.....

I seem to remember jacks being little metal spikey things with a red ball that you bounced to pickup the jacks........its a long while ago.....

I know what you mean about crazes........did you play double ball?

and I loved the skipping songs.....

Hi Shirley.........what did you play'down south'?

26 Apr, 2012

 

I was going to mention double ball too,Pam..that was a great game wasn't it ? especially when you mastered the next variation ..:o)..and double skipping ropes as well,my we were fit ! Lol.

26 Apr, 2012

 

Did you do' over the garden wall' with the balls.....

We must have been Bloomer,roller skates as well....and walking everywhere, Dad didn,t have a car until I was about 15

26 Apr, 2012

 

Don't remember that,Pam,and I didn't have any roller skates,but used go to a place on Saturday afternoons,and loved it .We never had a car for years either..but neither did many others then..walking was just second nature :o)

26 Apr, 2012

 

I take it double ball is what we called two balls for which you needed a wall? If so...I was rubbish at that too...not brilliant at skipping either come to that. We had rhymes when playing two balls, one involving Walls ice cream Onzy Walls ice cream dropsy Walls ice cream, bouncy Walls ice cream, leggy Walls ...etc, you get the idea lol. There were lots of rhymes for two balls: Winnie the witch fell into the ditch and caught the ball in her basket (skirt) etc we didn't care about showing our knickers obviously lol. I used to harness my dog Trixie and get him to pull me on my skates. One day he saw a cat and dragged me down back entries in a bid to catch it. I couldn't let go the lead in case he caught the cat. Stopped being so lazy after that, I used to love my skates:-)

26 Apr, 2012

 

I had to pick up my new glasses today, I'm borderline on reading number plates apparently. I thought i was ok but decided to have my eyes checked, first time in about seven years. I bought a packet of Kaleidoscope mix Sweet William. They are unusual soft pinks and lilacs with bicolours too. I'll sow May to July in trays in a cold frame or greenhouse and once grown on I can plant them out in Sept./October. It does not mention sweet smelling on the packet so I hope this new strain has not had the scent bred out of them.

26 Apr, 2012

 

Ooh they sound lovely, I'll google them:-)

26 Apr, 2012

 

Well, I have been smiling through all the comments posted since I last looked at this thread ... I remember playing 'Jacks' in the playground, Hopscotch too and jumping in and out of a huge skipping rope to a rhyme ... no idea of the words now though! ... We had a game called Stoolball ... which I think is unique to Sussex and is a bit like cricket apart from the bat being shaped like a frying pan! The wicket is a square piece of board at head height ... probably best to Google it for a far better description ... lol! ....

27 Apr, 2012

 

That's it Ba..two balls..glad you can remember the rhymes,as I can't..it was really a long lasting craze,wasn't it ? you made me laugh about the skates..I can just picture you hurtling down the back entry,behind your dog..so funny :o)You sound as though you were a tomboy like me..no fear at all..that's why I ended up breaking my arm twice,leg once,and dislocating my thumb falling off a Haystack ! ..happy clumsy fun days ! :o)
..............
I like the sound of stoolball,Shirley..I probably would have been able to hit the ball,with a bat like that ! Lol.

27 Apr, 2012

 

Not being competitive Bloomer...I've broken more bones than you ha!
Not sure about stool ball Shirley! We used to chalk a wicket on the corner house wall as we lived in a built up area of terraced houses. Every now and then the ball would hit a window and we'd really have to run. I'm full of admiration for the corner house dwellers they must must have got so fed up with the thump thump of balls against their wall. I really do think children miss out on so much today, just the sheer elation of running and jumping is worth more than all their gadgets in my book:-)

28 Apr, 2012

 

Ba, take a look at The National Trust website where there are 50 things to do before you're 11 and 3/4 years old ... fascinating reading ... wonder if it applies to 58 year olds as I haven't done lots of their suggested ideas ... lol! ... :o)

4 May, 2012

 

I'll have a look Shirley...think it's a bit late for me though lol:-)

4 May, 2012

 

The rhymeI most remember was a combination of over and underarn claps and twizzle rounds....see if I can remember it

Over the garden wall. over under under
I let the baby fall. Bounce
Mother came out. Twizzle round
She gave me a clout. Clap hands
Over the garden wall. Over under under

Ah happy days.......

4 May, 2012

 

Bit violent Shirley lol. I bet you were good at two balls, I was better at football, don't think my hand eye co-ordination of the finest:-) Did you play stroke the bunny? It was form of hide and seek or allaleeyo? (don't know how to spell it lol) It was what you shouted as you ran through the den releasing those held. There doesn't seem to be street games anymore, but they probably kept us healthy:-)

4 May, 2012

 

So many games in the playgrounds and 'on the front....In front of the houses where the parents kept an eye, some sitting out together chatting....not a terraced row but with front gardens.....everyone was 'auntie'......this was 1950's to '60's.......happy days.........

4 May, 2012

 

In the summer, the mums used to emerge like butterflies from their winter cocoons and sit on their doorsteps in summer dresses, watching the children and chatting...happy days indeed. When the icecream van came round they never bought ice cream just for their own child, but for all. I remember my first soft, whipped ice cream. Woollies sold them, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven:-):-)

5 May, 2012

 

My oh still prefers 'mr whippy' Shirley you my know my favorite icecream parloue, the italian one on Hove seafront near the King Alfred.....the double chocolate cone and the sea......mmmmmmm

6 May, 2012

 

I remember the ice cream van coming round our street in Bristol in the early fifties:- Walls ice cream - 4d or 6d wafers, and then the momentous day that choc-ices first made their appearance. We weren't allowed many of those, though. We're a bit spoiled these days with all the flavours you can buy here, but our doctor is making disparaging noises.......

6 May, 2012

 

And you in the landof ice cream Gattina.........is it better there than here do you think?

6 May, 2012

 

I'm going to get a cornetto from the freezer:-)

6 May, 2012

 

Just one cornetto Ba?.............

6 May, 2012

 

Some of it is, Pam, but after a while it becomes a bit much, and you just long for something simpler

6 May, 2012

 

I was hoping Ba would sing to us Gattina.......:0)

I think I agree about icecream these cookie dough and the like.......as a child it was vanilla with a squirt of raz........

6 May, 2012

 

Lol Pam, believe me...you wouldn't want me to sing:-)

6 May, 2012

 

Ooh well we,lljust have theice cream then.....

7 May, 2012

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