|CURATING A THOUGHTFUL BLEND OF TRULY OLD-FASHIONED ANNUALS TAKES MORE THAN RESEARCH, PATIENCE AND CAREFUL CULTURAL STEWARDSHIP, IT TAKES A DARN GOOD DOSE OF LUCK.|
HERE ARE A FEW LUCKY TREASURES BLOOMING IN MY GARDEN TODAY
I found this cut-glass basket vase in the cellar store room today, it must have been my grand mothers, since it was hidden behind some of the old pickle crocks that I think have never been moved in 60 years! I thought that it deserved an appropriate bouquet of some turn-of-the-century annuals, many of which we rarely see in gardens today.
I am more than a little frustrated with the annuals from the garden centers near me, for they have hardly grown at all since I planted them two months ago. Obviously, they've been drenched in growth retardant and have been selected to bloom early, as well as at a short height, which makes them sell ( hey, even I fell for it!) but once planted in the ground, they sulk and do nothing. This includes the marigolds, all which had large blossoms on them when I bought them, and I should have known better, and some nicotiana and snapdragons, which are no taller than 8 inches.
- Stock - Mathiola incana
- Ruby Chalice Clarkia - Clarkia rubicuna
- Godetia - Clarkia amoena ssp. Whitneyi
- Coral Shirley Poppy - Papaver
- Pincushion Flower - Knautia macedonica
- Sweet Pea - Lathyrus odoratus
- Convolvulus 'Blue Ensign'
- Shirley Poppy - ' Sir Cedric Morris'
- Painted Tongue - Salpiglossis sinuata
- (hidden) Cabbage Rose ' Rosa species' garden origin
- Flax - Linum grandiflorum
As for my crop of Bell of Ireland, I failed :( . Only two are alive, and barely, at that). Other projects this year, include my crop of Lathyrus, which so far, are doing very well, forming buds, but they are starting to get some rippled foliage - not sure if that is a virus, or, just the heat. I will provide an update on those, soon.