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A Planting Extravaganza

I’ve just realised that we’ve spent the past few weekends revelling in the extended period of dry, warm and, (mostly) sunny weather and I haven’t recorded any of our labours. Rather than trying to remember everything we’ve done I’m going to cheat by going through all the cards and seed packets to see what we’ve sown/planted so far this year – it’s quite an impressive list!

Hopefully, we’ve now sorted out a few problem/bare areas that were needing some attention – time will tell…

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  • Allium Mount Everest (x 3 bulbs bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Allium Purple Sensation (x 9 bulbs bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Aquilegia Blue Barlow (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Aquilegia White Star  (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Arenaria Balearica (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Astilbe Chocolate Shogun (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Astrantia Carniolica Rubra (front garden)
  • Astrantia Major (front garden)
  • Aubergine (x 2 back garden – not sure they’ll ‘work’)
  • Aubretia Rich Rose (front garden)
  • Bay Laurus Nobilis (back garden)
  • Borage (front garden)
  • Broccoli Romanesco (back garden)
  • Bunny’s Tail Grass (x 3 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calendula Snow Princess (front garden)
  • Cauliflower (back garden)
  • Calla Lily Odessa (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calla Lily Picasso (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calla Lily (unknown variety cream with a purple top x2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Chard Rainbow – Bright Lights (back garden)
  • Chilli Pepper Scotch Bonnet (conservatory)
  • Clematis Ruriokoshi (for our new arch trellis over the front gate)
  • Climbing French Bean (back garden)
  • Cosmos Brightness Mixed (front garden)
  • Cucumber Crystal Apple (conservatory, may try outside if weather stays warm)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Bicolour Red (x 2 front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Cream (x 2 front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Purple (a rogue ‘accidental’ purchase front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Yellow (x 2 front garden)
  • Geranium Rozanne (under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Geranium Wargrave Pink (under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Geum Lady Stratheden (front garden)
  • Hyssop tricolour Mixed (front garden)
  • Ivy (x 4 in ‘wells’ on front of house, x 4 in conservatory)
  • Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla Mollis (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Leptinella Platt’s Black (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Lettuce Freckles (back garden)
  • Lettuce Little Gem (back garden)
  • Lettuce Lollo Blondi (back garden)
  • Lettuce Lollo Rosso (back garden)
  • Lettuce Red Salad Bowl (back garden)
  • Lysimachia Golden Yellow (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Lysimachia Midnight Sun (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Marigold French (front garden)
  • Mexican Sunflowers – Tithonia (front garden)
  • Mizuna Green – Kyoto (back garden)
  • Mountain Fire Pieris Japonica (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Nasturtium (front and back garden)
  • Ornamental Thistle Cirsium Rivulare Atropurpureum (x2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Patty Pan Squash (x 2 back garden- not sure they’ll ‘work’)
  • Petunia Blue Vein (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Petunia Happy Magic Charcoal (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes Douglasii (front garden)
  • Pratia Pedunculata (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Polyanthus Mixed Large Flowered (front garden)
  • Rock Cress Arabis Alpina Snowcap (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Rocket (back garden)
  • Rock Rose (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Russian Vine (on obelisk in back garden)
  • Sage – Growers Friend (back garden)
  • Scabious Caucasia Perfecta (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Spinach Perpetual (back garden)
  • Sweet Peas (on obelisk back garden)
  • Sweet Pepper – Sweet Banana (x 3 conservatory)
  • Thyme Russetings (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Tomato Cherry Drop (conservatory)
  • Tomato Gold Krone (conservatory)
  • Tomato Moneymaker (conservatory)
  • Virginia Creeper (x 2 for our new arch trellis over the front gate)
  • Wallflower Mixed (front garden)

Wow, even I hadn’t realised quite how much this was until I started writing it down – it doesn’t even cover the new succulents and indoor plants we’ve bought either.

Fingers crossed, we’ve chosen the right plants for the right places this time (RIP Beth Chatto 1923-2018).

Rocket Gardens – Organic Plantlings – Review

After last year’s disappointments  we’re hoping for a bumper crop of fruit and vegetables from our garden this year and have created a new raised bed and added some new and more unusual varieties to our growing list. Since starting my MSc in Gastronomy I’ve learnt a lot about soil science and food production and we’re putting some of these learnings into  practice – this year we’re all about biodiversity and organic methods.

So it was rather timely when I was asked if I would like to receive a box of organic vegetables and salads from Rocket Gardens – a Cornish-based company that allow you to pick and choose from a number of varieties and then deliver them to your door. Time has been a big issue for me with my studies so thought this would be a great way to get the gyo-ing going quickly.

All the goodies from my Family Favourites Vegetable selection

The ‘Family Favourites Veg Patch‘ duly arrived and I have to say, it was better than Christmas opening it up and unraveling all the layers. The plantlings had all been tucked up in a bed of straw for their travels. Not all the plants had labels on them but they were grouped together so it was easier for identification. So I spent a very pleasant hour laying them all out to see what was what.

Our box contained two different lettuces (Buttercrunch and Red Salad Bowl), yellow courgettes, rainbow chard, carrots, wild rocket, Beetroot (Detroit), Cucumber (Marketmore), Green Sprouting Calabrese, Cavalo nero (Nero di Toscana), peas (Kelvedon Wonder), Giant Winter Leeks, two types of tomato (Tigerella and Golden Sunrise), runner beans (Enorma), dwarf french beans (Tender Green) and seed potatoes (Electra).

Sadly we had some issues with a soil delivery so I wasn’t able to put them straight into the garden so popped them all into pots until we were ready. But they don’t seem to be any the worse for spending, what turned out to be quite a while, in waiting. They all seem to be growing away quite nicely now – I had wondered how they might cope with our altitude and colder climate compared to the South West.

All growing away nicely and happily acclimatised to our hills

We already had four lots of potatoes and four lots of tomatoes on the go so I gave those to neighbours but you can select a mixture of the plants that you want if you don’t choose a selection box. At £34.99 for 125 plants I think this is an absolute bargain – the price is comparable for what we’ve paid in Homebase or such like, and those had no organic credentials. This is definitely a service I would use again, they also do gift vouchers which would make a brilliant present for some of my green fingered friends.

A sneaky courgette in with the cukes

My only slight issue is that I now appear to have a courgette growing in amongst my cucumbers, they were very similar looking plants and not all of them are labelled, still it adds some extra interest to that pot.