Last of the summer bedding.

I have mentioned that I am a novice gardener, right?

I went outside earlier this week and saw that my deadheading wasn’t having it’s usual restorative effect on the petunias. In fact some have just flopped! My first thought? Watering. I’ve clearly not been watering them enough and they are thirsty… but then I remembered that it has rained this week and noticed that actually, some of the new petunia flowers are coming out in much smaller sized flowers than they used to be…

Then it occurred to me – yes, 3 months of reading weekly editions of Gardening News and a collection of the charity shop’s finest from the gardening section clearly prepared me well –

‘THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN OUR FIRST FROST, SUMMER IS OVER!’

And so before it all disappears, here are some pics from my courtyard garden in the side return.

Summer bedding, class of 2014:

The silvery stuff is great, grows prolifically and is happy to be raided for cuttings to fill out flower arrangements.

The silvery stuff is great, grows prolifically and is happy to be raided for cuttings to fill out flower arrangements.

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This white petunia absolutely loved living in my chimney pot planter. This is the result of just one bedding plant plug! Clearly this must be a vigorous specimen as the purple vein petunias particularly and the double purple velvet didn’t grow nearly as well or as fast. Perhaps it is the deeper soil than in windowboxes and hanging baskets? Incase you are wondering: the tall red bells with white throats are penstamons. They are perennial (so I should just be able to leave them where they are and they’ll appear again next year) and have flowered continuously with the minimum of encouragement. For white petunias again next year, I am relying on my cutting propagating.

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And now for some plants

As you know I’ve asked a few plants people and gardeners to come round and provide me with some quotes on the cost of planting up my new garden. They’ve got a great base to work from. Here is the quote spec and some drawings of the garden (overall plan is the one that is to scale) that I’m sharing to pull in the quotes:

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Who said planning was boring – or that colouring pencils are for kids?!

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