And Sow to Seeds

calendula kalinki lemonIt’s time to think about ordering seeds. At the moment I am in the process of doing a big spring clear out of some of my borders, removing lots of plants that have outgrown their space or just outgrown their welcome. I am making way for something new, I yearn for a change, for more vibrant colours and I find that exciting annuals tick all the boxes for me. I have just placed an order with Plants of Distinction for some fabulous, outrageously bright and brash Calendulas, particularly the Kalinka strains, semi doubles with pin cushion centres and a dark eye. I also chose Rudbeckias, I always forget how much I love these until summer comes and I see them in someone else’s garden.You can rely on Sarah Ravens catalogue to provide inspiration for annual plants and I was delighted to find the tall airy fairy Persicaria orientalis, a super plant to add height without weight to the middle of borders. Tithonia ‘Torch’, the bright orange daisy that caused so much excitement when I grew it in a huge pot outside my shop last summer, that I had to have it again for this year. To finish off my order there I chose Dahlia ‘Bishops Children’ knowing that by the middle of summer I will have at least 2 dozen spectacular dark leafed dahlias all for the cost of the packet of seeds which are just under £2 and Leonitus leonurus , which for the life of me, I can’t remember if I have grown before, but it’s orange, it’s tall and dramatic and Sarah recommends it, so I’m going to give it a whirl…. I am now working my way through the fabulous Irish run and so far I have Cosmos ‘Antiquity’ in my basket….

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