I was pleased to receive the 2017 Chiltern Seeds catalogue a few days before Christmas, since when I’ve been browsing through it looking at the several thousand items listed on nearly two hundred pages. There are common, exotic, rare and unusual plants from around the world ranging from just a couple of inches to the world’s tallest tree at nearly four hundred feet high. Much as I would like to try growing many of them reality soon kicks in and I end up looking for plants that I can easily grow on the plot. I’ve already got most of the flower, and vegetable, seeds that I need, and want, for this year so my forthcoming order will be a small one.
I’ve grown chicory before for the lovely clear, bright blue flowers but didn’t last year so that goes on the list, and I like the look of the newly listed nasturtium (Tropaeolum minus) Tip Top Mahogany which has golden-green foliage.
Grow something new from seed is what it says on the front cover of the catalogue and most years I do just that. I’ve decided to try Viscaria oculata Formula Colours Mixed which it says is a cottage garden plant thought by some to be the most beautiful of hardy annuals. I certainly like the look of them.
No doubt there will be other plants on my list by the time I’ve finished looking and ready to place an order.
Have a good week, and happy gardening in 2017!