As usual, the plants arrived well packaged and well grown, not huge but bigger than many plug plants which come from other nurseries. I had ordered two different types of Viola Sorbet.
This one is Viola Sorbet Lemon Blueberry Swirl. The name makes it sound rather a mess but it is actually very lovely, a small, perfect, delicate flower held above neat foliage.
And this is Blue Delft, a cleaner, crisper colour combination. If I had been planting up my pots right away all of these could have gone straight into the pots but as I have not even put in my tulip order yet (I shall probably use Peter Nyssen who have been very good so far) I decided to pot them all on so they could spend another three or four weeks in the greenhouse happily enough.
I also ordered some wallflowers, Sugar Rush Red, Bronze and Primrose.
I normally grow wallflowers from seed so I will be interested to see if buying them now as plug plants gives me earlier flowering. I do like this deep rich red.
I also really like this bronze colour although I need to resist the urge to plant it with orange tulips. I have a real love of orange tulips. Last year I planted Orange Favourite with Cairo, a bronze tulip and really didn't like the combination. The bronze, which looked great by itself or in contrast with something darker, looked muddy next to the clarity of the orange so the bronze wallflower if used with tulips will be for contrast with dark or pale. The primrose wallflower is very pale, hardly yellow at all but almost a rich cream, so it should go well with either of the darker colours.
Lastly there were cyclamen. I absolutely love cyclamen and have both cyclamen coum and cyclamen hederifolium. I have been trying to establish both here for ages and now have half a dozen plants of each. I would be ashamed to tell you how many plants I have put in to get this far! Hederifolium flower in late summer and autumn and there are some in flower now, delicate and pale under a huge viburnum farreri. Cyclamen coum has established a bit more happily and should flower in the early spring but the leaves at this time of year are still hidden underground. The cyclamen which have come from plant me now are not for naturalising but are cyclamen persicum, a variety called Silverado in both Red and White. These will go into pots too. The leaves alone are very beautiful to my eye.
I am impressed with the quality of the plants from plant me now. The pelargoniums which I had earlier in the summer are still growing strongly in the pots outside the cottage. The perennials, especially the rudbeckia Goldsturm and the viola labradorica, have settled well into the garden and are bulking up nicely. The agyranthemum flowered their hearts out in the pots in early summer. I would probably not use the smaller dahlias which I also planted into pots. They are still flowering and have earned their keep but I love the huge dahlias which are in the cutting garden with their ludicrously over the top flowers. The smaller dahlias seem to me more workaday altogether without any of the drama of Ludwig Helfert.
This is Ludwig, exploding all over the place. Perhaps next year is the year I will get more deeply into dahlias!
So now for the bulb order....