Monday, 23 May 2011

Real HRT

Torrential rain all morning - could hardly see down to the river on occasions. By lunchtime we had fluffy white clouds and sunshine although the winds hadn't abated. Damaging gusts blew two of the obelisks over before I could move them, in our typical style I have bought chain to secure them to the nearest fence-posts but haven't put it in place yet.

Too windy to work outside but not too windy to go shopping.

Distington this afternoon - a lovely time gently going up and down all the beds trying to find the plants I'd identified on Friday. I was very good, honest, and kept mostly to my list, mostly! The car was pretty full by the time I left.

Waiting in the nursery area for the wind to die down and a suitable planting day are:
Weigela Bristol Ruby
Cotinus coggygria Grace
Astilbe erica and Astilbe arendsii Fanal
Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost'
Astrantia possibly A.maxima Rubra and A. Buckland
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'
possibly aesculifolia, (won't know until it grows a bit more)
Dianthus, Raspberry Sorbet
Rose, Mme Isaac Periere
Physocarpus opifolius Lady in Red
Hosta - labelled as Hadspen Blue but over the years I've learnt to be relaxed about Hosta names unless you're buying from a specialist

Whilst it is vulgar to discuss money, whatever you think this lot cost .... halve it and then think again. I have never purchased such reasonably priced stock.

CB: I know, I know - blue Hostas when you have already offered them to me. But I am a weak-willed Hobbit, couldn't resist - and have plenty of room for more.


  1. Would you like to know you could also have had jack frost, astilbes, astrantia (I'll stop before you hit me) for nothing!

  2. Oh Bummocks (as Flummery would say).

    Please can I have them anyway - I only bought in twos and threes and that's not nearly enough ...

    (I do have some more clean jam-jars for you, pretty please)

  3. Looks like a great shopping trip, and now it seems like some of them will be multiplying before you even get them planted!

  4. Torrential rain - what is that? Lovely hoard of plants.

  5. Thanks Sue, I had a good poke at them this morning - everything has a great root system, nothing is pot-bound, very happy!

  6. Astrantia Buckland, Brunnera and Thalactrum are some of my new ones this year ,,, great minds! My Felicite et Perpetue has begun to flower but contrary to the description in books, I can't detect any scent!

  7. What a co-incidence Jill, although I'm not 100% sure that one of the Astrantia IS Buckland - will have to wait until it is fully in flower.


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