I recently planted some nasturtium seeds purchased for a mere 19p, a bargain. I was delighted when the seeds germinated and produced lovely plants with beautiful flowers. The nasturtiums are now flowering and they provide a splash of colour in the veg garden.
Orange Nasturtium Flower
Nasturtium leaves and flowers can be eaten. They can be added to salads to provide a splash of colour and add a peppery taste.
Whilst eating my lunch I caught the Chelsea Flower Show and was reminded how beautiful the aquilegia is.
Purple Aquilegia Flowering Spring 2009
I have a purple aquilegia and a pink aquilegia in my garden. The purple variety is flowering at the moment. The large plant I had last year has not grown so big this year although I do seem to have some hens that like to scratch around in the flower beds so maybe this has disturb the large aquilegia. The plant in the picture is from seeds that I scattered last year.
What flowers do you like to see at the Chelsea Flower Show?
I did a seed swop with Lucy @ Smallest Smallholding (thanks Lucy) and one of the seed varieties she sent me were sweetpea. Sweetpeas always remind me of my Grandparents and particularly my Grandad who always had sweetpeas growing at the cottage they lived in when I was growing up.
pink sweetpeasI love the colours and the scent of the sweetpeas. I am delighted to say that the one’s Lucy sent me are doing really well and the flowers are growing up the canes and greet any passers by with their pretty colours of pink and red.
Do you have any flowers that bring back memories for you?
If you want to grow sweetpeas then Thompson & Morgan supply sweetpea seeds.
I did a seed swop with Linz @ The Pondering Sheep (thanks Linz) and one of the seed varieties she sent me were mesembryanthemums.
My mum loves these so I wanted to have a go at growing them from seed. I must say that they have done really well and I now have a garden full of the sun loving beauties.
One of the attractions of mesembryanthemums is that the flower heads open out in the sunshine. I am pleased to say that they have started flowering and I look forward to watching the orange and red flower heads open up their smily faces as the sun shines this Summer.
Fresh flowers from the garden are a lovely addition to your home as they bring a little bit of the outdoors inside. I have been inspired by Fiona from The Cottage Smallholder to have fresh flowers from the garden in my house, so thanks Fiona.
This little vase of fresh flowers has fragrant hyacinths, petite white daffodils and an unknown delicate white flower. I placed this little posy of flowers in the vase on my kitchen table and the hyacinths produced a wonderful fragrance that filled the room.
The pretty vase of flowers, the lovely fragrance and the knowledge that these beautiful flowers were a free gift from our garden has inspired me to continue to look for flowers that I can cut for the house. In the Winter you can always order flowers by post to get the same outdoors feel when your garden isn’t in full bloom.
I dedicate this post and the pretty posy of flowers to Fiona @ The Cottage Smallholder who gave me the inspiration to cut fresh flowers from my garden.
Can anyone help me to identify this perennial flower? It grows in full sun and the leaves are small and slim. The flowers are pink with a hint of white on them and the stigma and stamen in the centre are very yellow.
It’s a variety of Cistus, but I’m not sure exactly which one. Could be cistus chinamadensis or cistus parviflorus, but there are so many ‘bushy rock-roses’ that’s difficult to ID from a small picture. They grow on stony dry hillsides around the Mediterranean and similar places, so great for dry borders in full sun mixed with herbs like lavender or bushy varieties of thyme.
I would definitely agree with Celia. I’ve been looking for Cistus for quite some time in the nurseries as they are pretty hard to find ’round here but this year there’s quite a few out there and I’ve just got a pink one like that the other day and it very much reminds me of your mystery plant.
Soilman kindly sent me some lily seeds (lilium regale) last year and I have recently planted the seeds following Soilman’s excellent instructions.
I have never grown lilies from seed so I look forward to seeing the results. I have just read on Soilman’s site that his seeds have germinated. I am going to head out to the greenhouse now to see what is happening to mine – I’ll let you know.
Thanks Soilman for the lily seeds and the excellent growing instructions.
If you would like to grow lily seeds then Thompson and Morgan supply lily seeds.