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June 9, 2010

Flower power

Filed under: Gardening Year 2 — by leafyleith @ 9:06 pm
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Ah, it’s been a while… but please don’t think work has ground to a halt at Leafyleith. Flowers have been my focus of late.

Am delighted with these alliums. I planted a selection last autumn out in the front garden. These are ‘Purple Sensation’.  They’re a beautiful violet colour and really tall – about 1 metre high. And there are 10 in a row, growing along the hedge. They’ve all come up at different heights so it looks a bit like a Mexican wave.

They were all fluffy and lovely when I took these pics but sadly, they’ve only lasted a few weeks. The flowers are already fading but there are a few more on the way. I planted about 60 bulbs of four different varieties – Purple Sensation, Christophii, Sphaerocephalon and Caeruleum.

One tip with alliums: because they’re a member of the onion family their leaves are quite ugly and lie around the ground so plant some kind of shrubby plant at their base to disguise this. I planted lavender but they are still very small. Next year am sure it will be lovely.

Other flowers that I’m growing from seed:

  • Calendula – Indian Prince
  • Sunflower – Ruby Sunset
  • Nigella – Miss Jekyll
  • Sweet peas – Tall mixed and Blue Velvet

The sweet peas have been a big disappointment and slow to take. Not sure what’s gone wrong but they are spindly and only about 5 cm tall, so I am not holding out much hope for them.

Same with the sunflowers. I put them in about three weeks ago and only one has appeared – perhaps the birds or mice got them. So have started a second batch in the growhouse.

The rhododendron is in full bloom at the moment. Honeysuckle, jasmine, mock orange and geranium plants are also on their way. We just need a bit more sun to make it happen.


  1. Wow, I am loving the Alliums they are gorgeous, I must try them next year. Do they come back every year then like other bulbs? I wouldn’t worry about the sweetpeas yet, there is surely plenty of time – I also got blue velvet ones this year and they sound similar to yours, about 5cm tall so far, so we will see how they go.I have chucked in lots of annuals – just batches of mixed seeds because I don’t seem to have much luck with flowers yet, I prefer spengin time on the veggies. This year it is corn and beans i am pinning my hopes on. How do you keep track of all the names of your flowers and things by the way, do you keep a gardener’s diary or something, as I never label anything and keep forgetting what I have planted where and when. Anyway, well done on the alliums, they look fab!!! ixx

    Comment by iree iree — June 10, 2010 @ 9:04 pm |Reply

    • I don’t have that good a memory. I just keep the empty seed packets. Simples! I would definitely try the alliums – they come back every year and can multiply, I’m told.

      Have got some beans and corn on the
      go too, but that’s for another day.

      Comment by leafyleith — June 10, 2010 @ 9:51 pm |Reply

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