Winter is traditionally horticultural ordering season; seed, plants, bulbs.  Take your pick.  Catalogues have arrived with their evil photos and delicious descriptions, emails regularly pop into your inbox tempting you to (with one click) enter their wicked world.  Combined with opportunity aplenty to peruse at pleasure, this adds up to a very slippery slope.  I am talking black ice and cold custard and Vaseline.  Yes, that slippery.

I am resisting ordering more seed as I am expecting my Hardy Plant Society delivery soon (40 packets) and my seed tin is already threatening explosion.  A couple of months ago I panicked at a 50p a packet sale and bought too many to admit to, including at least 5 packets of California poppies.

As for for plants, until I learn to look after them properly I am definitely not buying any more for myself.  My fingers may have been crossed as I typed that.  Metaphorically of course.  Otherwise it would have been very tricky.  And of course that excludes the species dahlias that will be arriving in the spring.  And any other unavoidable accidental purchases or gifts.

However, the recent kind donation of a variety of terracotta pots has given me a valid excuse to buy some bulbs to fill them.  To be more accurate, bulbs and corms.  I’m ever keen to try things I haven’t grown before so for that reason I have chosen Bessera elegans, Chasmanthe floribunda, Nerine undulata, Leucocoryne ‘Andes’  and Zephranthes rosea.  They won’t arrive for a few months, and by that time I am bound to have forgotten which beauties I picked.  Even now I can anticipate the thrill of opening the box of delights.

The stragglers, like this dewed arctotis, are most admired on these dull days, for both their perseverance and optimism.

19 thoughts on “Straggler

  1. 5 packets of California Poppies? Less than 100 seeds/pk and you were done. Germination rate 1125%. How many acres is your garden? Do you and Jon come from the same gene pool?


  2. I understand perfectly 😉 and over there you have such a wonderful bulbs selection available, who can resist? Actually, I also grew Bessera for one year or two, don’t remember well…


  3. All these must-have seeds! What we need is another storey to the garden. After all we own the sky over us so it seems silly to restrict ourselves to the ground. Of course the ground floor would have to be artifically lit but it could be kept for shade loving plants. In fact why stick at two floors?

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  4. The anticipation of what to grow always taxes restraints of time and space, all part of the life of a gardener, professional and amateur alike.

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