Annuals in 2007
Like everyone else, I suspect, I have made a start in tidying up from this summer and preparing for spring by planting bulbs in the garden and in tubs. I was thinking about the successes and not-so-good efforts of the annuals I’ve grown this year in borders and tubs.
Some came up where they felt like it – I didn’t plant any Californian poppies this year, or at any time since we came here, come to that!
I did grow some antirrhinums from seed, but not this one – it and some red friends just popped up and very welcome they were, too!
I had a free packet of Nicotiana seeds and grew them. What a success they have been – popped into spaces all over the garden, they have thrived and the green shade goes with every other colour.
I tried growing Brachycomes (from seed) for the first time, and although they germinated well, I didn’t cope with them well and they were weak and leggy.
I always grow Busy Lizzies (from plug plants) for the shady areas in the garden, but they hated the wet weather and have not lasted well.
I tried Diascias for my tubs from plugs and though they also hated the wet weather, I gave them a haircut and the sunshine gave them a new lease of life. They are still flowering in cascades of colour.
But my favourite annual for 2007 has to be Angelonias – I bought two as large pot plants last year, loved them, and decided to buy plugs this spring. They’ve done really well and at a fraction of the cost of last year’s plants!
This is Laurentia – still flowering well, but they have to go to make room for bulbs…shame really. I’ve grown other annuals too, some good, some not – but you must be getting bored with such a long blog – sorry!I’d love to know what annuals you grew this year, and what you found worth it!
- 17 Sep, 2007
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