Monthly Archives: May 2015

Pot Luck

Pot Luck

This year I’ve potted up loads of (too many?!) lovely terracotta pots with an array of plants some of which I’ve grown from seed.

The chrysanthemums are from Sarah Raven, the verbenas I got as tiny plugs from Hayes Garden World and grew on in the greenhouse. The alyssum I bought in a pack from a local plant sale. The dahlias are from a range of places. All bought as tubers and grown on in the greenhouse. Most other things I’ve grown from seed.

I thought it would be interesting to do a before and after series of photos – just after they are planted, and when in full bloom. If nothing else it will help remind me what I’ve planted and what looks the best.  These were all planted mid-late May 2015.

So here goes:

Pot 1 – The white pot – dahlia fleur, cosmos purity, two black eye susan, alyssum white, phlox, erigeron

Pot 2 – red and orange pot – African marigold Kees orange, rudbeckia rustic dwarf, grazania tiger stripes

Pot 3 – red and orange – rudbeckia rustic dwarf, French marigold red cherry, grazania tiger stripes

Pot 4 – mini strawberries – red and white wild strawberries

Pot 5 – phlox

Pot 6 – yellow pot – yellow violas. I think my Mum gave me these last year, and they are very cheery and flowering away in May!

Pot 7 – the mix  – coreopsis, Erigeron, dwarf cosmos, antirrhinum royal bride.  This was a bit of a left over experimental pot!

Pot 8 – my favourite ever flower – dahlia cafe au lait. Love it so much that I have one in the cutting bed and this one in a pot.

Pot 9 – purple and white – aubrietia kittie blue (looking a bit worse for wear), Erigeron (hopefully will cover the bald patch!)

Pot 10 & 11- pink – verbena Aztec magic pink

Pot 12 – purple pot – alyssum white, Aztec verbena purple, pansy rose, chrysthanthemum sheer purple

Pot 13 – orange and white – alyssum white, verbena Aztec magic white, laurentia, chrysthanthemum orange Louise

Pot 14 – red and white – verbena Aztec magic white, laurentia, alyssum white, chrysthanthemum John Riley

Pot 15 – pink, green and white – chrysanthemum froggy, verbena Aztec magic pink, alyssum white

Pot 16 – lilac and green – chrysthanthemum anastasia green, verbena Aztec magic silver

Pot 17 – dahlia Vancouver

Pot 18 – purple and white – chrysanthemum Porto purple, verbena Aztec magic silver, alyssum white, phlox

Raised beds 2015


This year I’ve given over one of my raised beds to become a cutting patch, whilst the other one is for veg.

Here is the cutting patch one, mostly planted out mid May:

  I’ve built a cage of canes for the plants to grow through, and have planted Dahlias, cosmos, cornflower, zinnias. With a variety of marigolds and nasturtiums at the front.

The dahlias all have copper bands round them, and the blue dots you can see are slug pellets. Last year the little blighters massacred my dahlias😈 This year it’s a war I’m determined to win!

The veg bed is bigger and has a yellow courgette, a range of broccoli, some beans and  cucamelon growing up the tripod. I’ve also sown some beetroot and a couple of butternut squash seeds. And again a range of marigolds and nasturtium around the edge.

This is what they look like today (bank holiday Monday). Will add some update photos in a couple of weeks.

Update 14th June – I’ve already had some cosmos and callendula flowers, and everything is coming along a treat.

I put some covers over the beetroot seedlings to give extra protection from the cat, and one of the butternut squash seeds that I sowed in May has just popped up.

June update. End of June, so about 6 weeks after planting out.

  You can’t see it as I just picked them, but Cosmos, calendula and cornflowers all beginning to flower. . As are sweetpeas (growing elsewhere in the garden). Marigold Sunset Buff is going great guns. One Dahlia just popped out its first flower and some of the others are not far behind. Zinnias are still growing taller, and a couple have given one flower. If they don’t increase much in height I will put them in front of the cornflowers next year as the cornflowers are huge!

Picked this bundle of goodies this evening.