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Surprises outside


By 2ndhand


I Usually buy my seeds from T & M or Mr. F’s, but thought I’d be a good gal and try out other seed companies. Not to be repeated.

Here the Verbascum chiaxii ‘alba’ But not one sign of the ‘alba’ more lemon. a bit yucky, but fills a hole in the border

The Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’, not the anticipated cerise, but a bit of wishy washy purple.

Here the Polemonium ‘Bressingham purple’ has lost it’s colour maybe in all the rain we’ve been having, but it’s the ‘white pearl’ variety now!

This Clematis had a label on when I bought it, It was named as Duchess of Edinburgh, but I suspect it is Belle of Woking, It’s the pale pink on pale green that gives it away.

But here is a lupin that when I moved it, the root broke up and I planted the sections, every section is doing well and flowering. It doesnt look it, but the section were planted in an area about 4’ sq. and are filling it out nicely.

and here’s the Aqualegia ‘william guiness’ That I split into about 5 plants, the other 3 sections are in different borders.
Both of the above plants were mature specimins of atleast 4 yrs old, so there was plenty of root to each plant. I hated cutting the Aqualegia root, not sure if it would work, but luckily it did.

This is a shot of the Phormium that I removed all the dead growth off of in March. The little Astrantia has grown now it has the light. But the Phormium is like Tom Jones, coming back and going on.

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Interesting photos and useful to read your comments about your various plants... Clematis doesn't look exactly like Duchess of Edinburgh, does it ! Did you photograph when in bud ?
Thanks for a fascinating blog :o)

18 Jun, 2011


Interesting just shows the difference in seed companies doesn't it? I have had the same experience with plants from certain companies, you get what you pay for!!

18 Jun, 2011


Unfortunately, no pic of clem bud, as when I noticed it was in bud, the conditions weren't right for a pic. and I agree sewing, but on this occasion I didn't get what I paid for :-), I sent an email with to the seed co. with the pics of the wrong colour flowers and am still awaiting a reply.

19 Jun, 2011


That is so annoying for you but your garden looks great to me, but then I did not have all the work and waiting to see what the seeds produced. Surely you will get a reply soon. Lupins are my OH's favourite plant and I have never taken them seriously but just popped plants in pots. This year they are in the raised bed and are doing wonderfully well. I also have aquilegia in the garden. A friend gave me seed of what he hoped was a double deep pink one which holds its head up to the sun instead of hanging down. That was 2 years ago. I did not get any last year but this year they have popped up in a border with other flowers so I am very chuffed with them.

24 Jun, 2011


No reply from them, so the secret seed company wont get any orders from me again.
Aquilegias are lovely, and the Lupins certainly fill holes in the border. It's lovely to get surprises.

25 Jun, 2011


I'd write again. Email if possible.

25 Jun, 2011


can't be bothered. atleast sommat grew from the seeds, if not quite what I expected. still.

26 Jun, 2011

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