I’ve grown the annual flowers that I usually do, especially pot marigolds, cornflowers, cosmos and sunflowers. Along with these I’ve grown viscaria which caught my eye in the Chiltern Seeds catalogue when I read the description…A cottage garden plant, thought by some to be one of the most beautiful of hardy annuals, that deserves a revival. It’s not shown in several of my flower books, including The Flower Expert, so I googled it to find out more. I bought a packet of Formula Mixed Colours , including azure-blue, salmon-rose, scarlet and white, which grow to around 18″/40 cm. They took ages to germinate and were slow to grow then flower but were well worth the wait.
I’ll be growing viscaria again next year but will probably try Angel Mixed which includes the same colours but only grows to 12″/30 cm, so should better withstand the rain and wind on my rather exposed plot.
It was the wonderful poet Wendy Cope‘s birthday recently when I saw a list of her ten best poems quoted including the delightful Flowers.
Have a good week!