I went looking to see what could possibly go in a vase this week and found Hogweed flowering. Only one and not the giant poisonous one' happily, but common hogweed.
I collected two dead grass heads and a few twigs of Lonicera fragrantissima to add to the flowers. It has a faint whiff of perfume but I hope it will get stronger on the plant over the next weeks.
Here is my vase with the wreath from last week still enhancing the kitchen.
Do visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden to see what delights everyone has found for their vases this week.
There was a bitter north-east wind on Sunday. It was strong and cold and made outside work very unpleasant, in spite of the beautiful sunshine, which was a shame as I'd planned a few things to get on with.
After the necessary outside chores, I cleaned some seed labels and had my annual seed sort.
I try and do this before ordering any more as it's all too easy to forget what you already have. I found at least two things I've already doubled up on by buying in the Autumn.
I'm in the process of making a list, it's not quite as long as Chloris' but it easily could be without self control. (Sorry, I didn't mean to imply that you didn't have any self control).
My seeds are now sorted alphabetically into two shoe boxes one for flowers and one for vegetables. Then I sort them into months for sowing.
I've received about 7 seed catalogues in the post. At least 3 of which are unsolicited. I certainly won't be ordering from more than 2 but the pictures are very beguiling and a girl can dream.
These are a few things I'm going to be growing for the first time (as my list stands now):
Cosmos bipinnatus - 'Xanthos' - yellow and 'Rubinato' - dark red.
Helianthus annus - 'Vanilla Ice'
Rudbekia hirta - 'Sahara'
Salvia farinacea- blue and white mixed I'm hoping these will be good fillers in a vase.
Zinnia 'Queen Red Lime'
Not forgetting the vegetables:
Chilli 'Lemon Drop'
Agretti 'Roscano' an interesting sounding salty salad/stir fry leaf.
My garden resolutions:
I will stake early and properly
I will water carefully
I will not sow or save more seedlings than I can sensibly manage
Oh and finally, I won't be starting seeds any time soon. I will be patient.
Happy planning. What will you be trying for the first time?