Plot white

Considering how much I like white flowers there were surprisingly few on the plot this year. I had high hopes for my Iceberg rose but although it grew lots of foliage it failed to produce any flowers, which was most disappointing.

There were only a few Mallow and some Love-a-mist dscn0608

Looking at this list of White Annual Flowers there’s plenty to chose from including Candytuft Snowflake and Poppy White Cloud.

I bought two packets of the  Sweet Pea Swan Lake recently for just 30p each. Posie over on the Allotments 4 All forum says that she grew this one this year, it’s gorgeous and can definitely recommend it!

Among the various vegetable seeds that I bought recently is the white flowering Runner Bean White Emergo.

Of course I could be lazy and just buy a packet of white flowering annual seeds! Whatever I do it I’m sure that the plot will be a lot whiter next summer than it was this year.

Yesterday morning I was reading the online Guardian where the gardening section had an article by Carol Klein on  white hydrangeas which got me thinking, and wishing, again!


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20 Responses to Plot white

  1. midwifemuse says:

    You got me thinking about white flowers and I have hardly any in my garden either, one rose, silver wedding, an aquilegia, a philadelphus and a couple of scabiosa. Hundreds of snowdrops, do they count? The aquilegia will hopefully continue to be white but they don’t seem to seed true.
    White hydrangeas look beautiful, is their colour affected by soil type though?

  2. nikkipolani says:

    I think a white hydrangea would be a really nice addition, Flighty. They root quite easily — wonder if any of your plot friends are already growing some. Annabelle is a larger specimen, I think Sister Therese is a bit smaller, and, as you know, I have Mme Emile Mouillere which is more compact.

  3. Flighty says:

    Midwifemuse you’ve got more than me! Snowdrops certainly count but I was really thinking about summer flowers.
    I think that white hydrangeas are okay and it’s the pink and blue ones that tend to revert. xx

  4. Flighty says:

    Nikki so do I! I don’t thank that there’s any on the allotments.
    Thanks for the links! xx

  5. Liv says:

    Here’s a couple more I can think of, that also smell heavenly: winter jasmine, camellia (and the one that looks/smells similar but I never remember the name!)

    I saw the next door neighbor planting bulbs in front of his house yesterday. Well timed, as it’s pouring outside today.

  6. Flighty says:

    Liv I’m getting spoilt for choice with everyone’s excellent suggestions!
    It’s been cold, wet and windy here today.
    Have a look at the Bliss blog for bulbs! xx

  7. Glo says:

    At first when I read your title, I thought it it had snowed! Have you planted allysum? It acts as a white carpet in my front beds. Also gypsophilia or baby’s breath would be a lovely addition to a vase of cut flowers.

    Other white flowers I enjoy in the garden are white tuberous begonias and even some white pansies 🙂

  8. Glo says:

    Oops, sorry that should be spelled Alyssum! Also I have Lily of the Valley, which is known to spread and has a distinct fragrance ~ such sweet little flowers.

  9. Flighty says:

    Glo it’s just been cold, wet and windy today! If it snows I’ll have to title that entry ‘A whiter shade of plot’!
    Alyssum would look good alongside the paths. My mother had lots of Lily of the Valley in her garden. It had long gone out of fashion until recently.
    I can see I’m going to have trouble deciding what white flowers to grow! xx

  10. Glo says:

    “A whiter shade of plot” ~ that made me laugh 😉 I’ll be watching for it as it shouldn’t be too long now before it descends…just little bits, mind you, little wondrous flakes …

  11. nikkipolani says:

    The three hydrangeas I linked to should stay white, Flighty, though they may have slight colour shifts, they’ll never turn typical pink or blue. And I think white alyssum would be great! With the warmer drier weather here, it gets weedy looking too quickly. But it reseeds so easily that I don’t allow any in my garden (I do like the amethyst and lavender coloured ones, though).

  12. Flighty says:

    Glo I just hope that I don’t have to do an entry with that title about that! xx

  13. Flighty says:

    Nikki you’ve confirmed what I thought about white ones.
    White alyssum is already on my flower seed list! xx

  14. meeeeeeeeeee says:

    alyssum is lovely It is a flower that I can actually grow in my garden easily.xx

  15. Flighty says:

    Meeeeeeeeeee it is lovely, and I like all easy to grow flowers! xx

  16. Flighty, our white icebergs did not do that well this year for some reason. When they are happy they bloom wonderfully so I hope next year your rose will show all the blooms it has been saving. A white hydrangea is a very nice idea.

  17. daffy says:

    Ahhhh my own plot was white today and there was not a flower in sight! Or a blade of grass for that matter! :o)
    Snowdrops are my fave!

  18. daffy says:

    I mean the flower variety! hehe

  19. Flighty says:

    Beginninghere I saw plenty here there bloomed more than once! Fingers crossed that mine will next year!
    I agree as I do like hydrangeas, especially white ones! xx

  20. Flighty says:

    Daffy just rain here first thing! I know that you’re not keen on snow but it must have looked pretty!
    They’re lovely flowers. xx

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