Hi, apologies for being AWOL for a while. Lockdown has not left me feeling inspired to write or share any tips from the garden. I have this week purchased a new camera and am hoping, this will lure me back to my garden blog. Buds out now in my garden is the subject of my Six on Saturday. Hope you like them.


This is the 3rd year I have managed to nurse my agapanthus through the Derbyshire winter. They live in the summer house wrapped up in fleece. I don’t know what variety they are as they were a present from a client after her trip to the maldives. I have a blue and a white plant but the white is much further advanced even though they are in the same pot.

Anemone ‘Prince Heinrich’

This is a fabulously bold splash of late summer colour. A great contrast to the oranges and yellows around in late summer.

Red Pelagonium

I don’t think you can beat a classic red Pelagonium in a pot in the summer. Every garden has room for one somewhere. This has also made it through a couple of winters wrapped up in the summer house. Once it finally gives up flowering in the kitchen. Which is annoyingly just before Christmas usually.

Hylotelephium spectablie

Not that I will ever get used to it’s new name, it will always be a Sedum to me!

Knautia macedonia

One of my favourite plants since I started my love affair with gardening over 20 years ago. I love the bus, the flowers and the seed heads and it flowers for ages. Can’t wait for these to open.

Lathyrus odoratus

A classic to finish on. Sweet peas. I am ashamed to say I have no idea on the actual variety I am growing. The day before lockdown, when we had inklings that things were about to close. I dived into the garden centre and grabbed a few packets of seeds. These have been the best sweet peas I have grown, for quite a few years. They have good long stems and the scent is a knockout. I shall definitely save some seed so I can grow them again.

Lots of colour and interest still to come in the garden. I can’t wait to play more with my new toy.

3 Replies to “Buds”

  1. Agapanthus have always been in my gardens. I started growing my first sorts when I was just a kid, and got some white blooming agapanthus in the early 1990s. They are too common here, and need not attention. However, I do not think I would grow them if I needed to pot them and protect them from frost. That is just too much work. The same applies to pelargoniums. They grow like weeds here.
    Yet, I can not seem to grow an anemone! Dang!


    1. Anemones can be real thugs over here and completely take over a border if you are not careful. They start growing in the middle of other plants and can be really tricky to remove with all of the root. I don’t mind saving the odd plant through the winter, it’s always a gamble with the temperatures and vine weevils but worth a try.

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      1. That seems to be a common complaint about the anemones. There are a few spots here where I would not mind it taking over. There is only one pathetic colony of sickly pink anemone in one of the landscapes at work. The color is not impressive. I am not certain if it is very very pale pink, or grungy white. Although I dislike the color, I do not bother it, and have done nothing with it, because it is the only anemone there. I would actually like to get copies of it to see if it would be happier in other spots. Eventually, I intend to try growing a single white anemone, especially if I find a spot where the other anemone is happy.


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