Following on from my recent review of the top 5 vegetables in my garden in 2017, it’s time to share the most successful flowers that grew in my garden last season.
I can’t wait for Spring to really kick off, and for the flowers and lush foliage to return. For now though, here’s a quick fix:
Rose ‘Ernest H. Morse’
I’m a sucker for Roses, and this Hybrid Tea bush Rose ‘Ernest H Morse’ was one that I picked up from a market stall in Ely, where they were doing a 3 for £15 deal.
This heavily fragrant rose has grown about 3 feet since I planted it into the
soil concrete-like clay when I broke my lawn in April 2017. In fact, the day I picked up my keys to my new house, this rose was in my car and amongst the first things I dropped off.
Sweet Sultan ‘Mixed’
A family friend gave me a load of seeds that she’d saved from the front of her gardening magazines, and amongst these packets were Sweet Sultan ‘Mixed’. I’d never heard of them before, so thought I’d give them a try.
I’ll definitely be growing these again in 2018, as they work well with the Cosmos.
I found just one Gladiolus bulb whilst picking the plants to move from my old house to my new one, and in its new home in the fresh border, it performed the best it ever has done.
However, this Gladiolus was clearly not the same one that flowered in the old garden in 2013-2016. I hope that that one brought a dash of surprise deep pink colour back there to the new resident.
I have purchased some more Gladioli bulbs, and will be adding more to the border for this year.
Cosmos ‘Seashells Mixed’
I’d never grown Cosmos ‘Seashells Mixed’ before, nor any Cosmos from seed, but I had previously purchased a couple of these plants from a garden centre and enjoyed their cheery daisy-like flowers.
This time, I grew them, although I admittedly sowed them so early that I worried that they would be too straggly to come to anything much. They spent too long in their secondary seed modules before planting out.
However, after a few weeks, they had recovered and within a few months had become huge plants that filled my garden with cheery pinks, purples, and white flowers, set upon sturdy green stems and delicate leaves.
I’ll definitely be growing these again in 2018.
Tulip ‘Mixed Garden’
I bought a pack of Tulip ‘Mixed Garden’ back in 2016, and planted them into a few wooden troughs that I rescued from my late-uncle’s garden when we were clearing his house.
At that point, I was living at my previous house, so I made sure that I didn’t plant them in anything I couldn’t pick up and move with – and I remember driving to my new house with a car boot full of beautiful tulips gently swaying in the rear-view mirror.
They put on a beautiful show in my old shady garden, and they continued that in my new sunny one.
They’re emerging again right now – with their waxy green leaves curling out of the compost. I’m hoping for a similarly beautiful display in the next couple of months.
So, if this hasn’t cheered your February winter blues up, then I don’t know what will.
With bulbs poking through the soil, green buds appearing on shrubs, and even the first blue tit inspecting my as-yet un-used birdbox, it feels like winter’s grip is loosening a little.
There’s seeds sown in my propagator, the shed is tidied, and I’m getting ready for what 2018 can bring.
Will you be growing any new flowers this year? What worked well for you last year? Let me know in the comments below.
As ever, thank you for reading, and happy gardening!