|Jane with Hippeastrum 'Red Lion'|
The sale starts on Friday 9th September and only lasts for a couple of weeks. We have about 30 different tulips, at least 15 narcissus varieties, fritillaries, crocus, alliums, camassia, chionodoxa, scilla, hyacinths, iris, anemones, nectaroscordum and muscari. I will be planting some of each this autumn, as I do every year: the prospect fills me with dread and pleasure in fluctuating proportions.
|Big, plump tulip bulbs fresh from The Netherlands|
|The stock yard at Whichford Pottery.|
All the plants you can see (except the trees at the far end) are growing in pots.
The arching pink spires are red orache, the blue flowers with it are Salvia 'Indigo Spires'
|Red orache - Atriplex hortensis var. rubra|
The red orache (Atriplex hortensis var. rubra) has finally stopped looking like a giant weed and now is decorative and pinkish. It was pretty as a seedling but tedious in middle age and I cut some of it down as it was making the plantings look drab. I'm glad now that I spared a few plants as it glows in the sunshine and is exactly the dusky pink I was hoping for.
I will pay for it next year in hours spent weeding little purple seedlings from the gravel.
The two big italianate pots by the entrance arch are looking sumptuous. All the biggest plants are annuals: Ricinus 'New Zealand Purple' and Nicotiana glauca are towering in spite of lousy, windy, cold weather and Cobaea scandens 'Alba' has been guided along the pot arch - I had to use string to stop it from leaping off into neighbouring plantings.
This is what it looked like soon after planting in June, no plants have been added or subtracted since then.
Small but perfectly formed
|This succulent was a nameless cutting given as a gift - can anyone identify it?|
The dear little pot is a mini Rose Bowl
|Acalypha pendula in a glazed Buxus Pot|
|Shield bugs cosy in Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'|