What’s growing in my garden in March?November 15, 2022
With the latest Instagram update turning our feeds into video-led chaos, I have felt incredibly pressured to constantly produce new content before I had really come to terms what we had already accomplished or created this growing season.
To begin, I thought I’d share what we still have blooming at the moment. Chrysanthemum nay-sayers, just look at these beauties before you cast your aspersions! We noticed last year that the sheer weight and lack of support on the stems cause them to bend at right angles, so we have made sure they have a wired structure to ensure straighter stems. Long lasting, mildly scented and colourful, what’s not to love?!
The first wave of the rose season began in late May with a combination of our more mature perennial David Austin’s along with some of the newer Polytunnel varieties such as Koko Loko, Hot Chocolate, Just Joey and Chandos Beauty. After a brief break, they returned with a vengeance in August. The roses have been absolutely unreal this year, with a variety of beautiful colours and mostly all offering the most incredible scent. Swoon!
Another triumphant year growing both varieties of Ammi – Majus and Visnaga. I tend to prefer the tighter visnaga as I found the heads of the Majus to be absolutely enormous, but fantastic for larger wedding installations. We were also successful with the Daucus. As we come to the end of the ammi, I cut and dry whatever we have remaining to use in Christmas wreaths. I cannot get enough of the wild and wacky stems at this stage, so much texture, movement, and still bursting with energy.
I found over the last few years despite attempting new varieties, we got stuck growing a combination of maroon, yellows, oranges and whites. So, this year we wanted to make sure we had more colour variety and therefore introduce several new dahlias to the patch, including Pam Howden, Glorie Van Heemstede, Taratahi Ruby, Bargaly Blush and of course, the Cafe Au Lait. After the rain finally arrived (if only for a day), they absolutely thrived, just in time to be used for a local wedding. We should expect these to continue to grow until the arrival of the first frost.
About a month ago I began cutting and drying ready to include these stems in Christmas Wreaths. This is the perfect opportunity to recycle unused stems from the garden. This process needs to happen towards the end of the summer, before any rains arrive (which will cause rot) and ruin your chances of good dried stems!
On completion, you will get a range of colours, textures and varieties and makes each upcoming wreath totally unique. So far, we have collected echinops, eryngium,honesty, nigella and echinacea – next will be the grasses.
Getting Ready For Autumn
Finally, we are just about to begin our Autumn sowing ready for next year. This will allow the seeds to have a bit of a head start for the upcoming season. We will start with sweetpeas, ammi, cornflowers, larkspur, nigella, orlaya and antirrhinums.
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