Another week has passed and the garden has got a little greener. At the beginning of September I ordered some Winter flowering heathers from the Guardian Garden Centre. Last Thursday they finally arrived! I’d never ordered plants online before so wasn’t really sure what to expect. They came wrapped up in plastic casing, not a snapped branch in sight and looking very healthy.
The set includes lilac, pink, red, white and golden starlet. I have no idea what colour each plant will be but I think the one on the far right is the golden starlet.
They also sent me these Narcissus Tete-a-tete daffodil bulbs for free so I’ve planted a row along the front of the house.
I seem to be have heather on the brain at the moment. I bought this white Winter hardy heather from a local garden centre last week. I don’t feel too guilty because it’s good for the bees. In my mind it goes something like: buy heather – happy bees – planet saved – happy Gemma.
I also picked up this Little Heath shrub from the same garden centre I bought the white heather from. Tina has one in her garden and says the leaves turn red, which I liked the sound of. It doesn’t grow monsterously big either which is a bonus.
And this is the third plant I bought that week. An Eve Price shrub from the plant man at the Maltings monthly market. The buds you can see will turn into lacecap white flowers. Until now I’ve always walked past his stall because he generally sells shrubs and trees – we didn’t have enough space for anything that big. This plant is already about a metre tall and will grow to a decent size, enough to create a new level of greenery in the garden.
I did a bad thing. I was in need of a pot. One of the pots I planted garlic in looked like it wasn’t doing anything so I assumed the clove was a dud. I tipped the soil out to find…
A sprouting garlic bulb with huge roots. Balls! I was a bit annoyed with myself. It smelt so garlicky, I honestly didn’t think a clove with a few roots could smell so strong. I quickly planted it in the herb bed with the other garlic and am hoping for the best.
I looked at the bottom of the pot containing the garlic that had sprouted and realised there is no way it’s going to be big enough. I’m glad I only planted 2 in pots now but I’m not sure whether to transfer this one to the herb bed or whether that will upset it. Does anyone have any advice? Now I know the roots are forming well on the other plants, my only real worry is too much rainfall which could result in rot. Fingers crossed for a good harvest next year. I’m hoping my homegrown garlic will be strong enough to smell from space but I realise this is a tall order considering it’s my first year growing it.
A walk with a view
And lastly, this is the view over a garden wall on one of our lunchtime walks. Autumn has definitely arrived.