After the oriental poppies had finished flowering in the summer I cut the stems and floppy foliage back to ground level in the expectation that new growth would appear, which it didn’t. Not that it really mattered as a few weeks ago I dug it up and, after dividing it, gave a bit to plot neighbour Margo then replanted the rest elsewhere. I’m relieved to see that it’s now showing some new growth.
Over the past few days I’ve been (re)planting lots of bulbs starting with the crocus. The white crocus Jeanne d’Arc and yellow ones that were in the long planter last year are now in the ground near the rose Pretty Lady. Replacing them are twenty five of each Blue Pearl and Cream Beauty. Some daffodils now fill the square planter with loads more in two beds alongside the top, road edge. I won’t be replanting the yellow tulips until November.
The physalis alkekengi Chinese Lantern has been a bit neglected and, at times, looked rather sorry for itself. However yesterday I noticed there are now two lanterns, a still green one and a bright orange one. I really must plant this out somewhere!
The nerine bowdenii leaves have now died back but it remains to be seen if the flower stems will appear then bloom like this in time for my birthday again!
Thankfully most of the others are still okay, and still flowering. How about this little beauty which is just a few inches across.
As you can see in the above picture the pot marigolds Flighty’s favourites are still happily flowering away. Here’s a closer look at some of them. I’ll be doing one more specific post about these next month.
Happy gardening, and have a good week!
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