Over stuffed, that is what comes from being away for nearly a fortnight. You might think that is what I am feeling, but although we had some fab meals out, I weigh the same as I did when I left. Overstuffed is what I think my garden is. I just can't seem to come away from places with new plants. I must be delusional thinking that they will find a home.
1. Mr S drove me for over a hour to visit Beth Chatto's garden and it was definetly worth it. Thisis a glimpse of some of my holiday sourvenirs. Crocosmia Emily McKenzie came from the another supplier, but I came home with Verbena bonariensis 'Little One', Phyla nodiflora, and Limonium bellidifolium all of then I saw growing in the gravel garden.
I was impressed by the gardens and also the nursery and the quality of the plants. One plant I had seen coming into flower was the yellow crocus looking Sternbegia. Someone on the yard found me a pot from the polytunnel, I went through the checkout, and as I usually do I check that everything went through. I felt the price was a little low, and double checking it went through as £0. Of course I querried this, but as the plant was not on the system, I was unable to pay seperately. Of course they were pleased that I had pointed it out. I am pleased that I noticed it, but sad that I was unable to find a way for paying for it. They are now on the site for puchasing, but maybe the garden is too stuffed!
2. It only takes a damp day to bring out the snails, and this little one managed to slither its way up onto Dahlia David Howard. Good job I went out just now to take some pictures for this SOS.
3. And away they grow. I picked some lettuce yesterday after having been 'starved' of my usual salads. That explains the few missing leaves in this picture.
5. One of the plants I saw growing in the Chatto Gardens was a ground hugging plant called Phyla nodiflora. It is a creeping vervain know as Turkey tangle frogfruit, worth it for the name! I'll give it a try around the stepping stones.
6. A warm sunny September is definetly the right weather for ripening chillis.