This afternoon, I watched Gardener’s World. I love Gardener’s World but it always makes me feel guilty about the things I should be doing in the garden. This week Monty Don cleaned his greenhouse with a stiff bristled brush and very dilute washing up liquid. I don’t have a greenhouse but I do have a cold frame. As I still have seedlings in there (due to be planted out next Spring), I made the executive decision to leave the cleaning of the cold frame until then. I DID go out and water them though.
So far, I have tried growing lupins and foxgloves from seed. My foxgloves are doing really well but the lupins look a bit crappy. I’ve never seen lupins growing in the IoW so it may be that they just plain don’t like it here. They DO grow in Newcastle, where I went to university, so it isn’t as though they don’t like cold drizzle. If you manage to grow lupins and can see where I am going wrong, please could you let me know in the comments box? Thanks!
I KNOW it is probably obvious but both foxgloves and lupins are really poisonous. Wash your hands after touching either.
I also went and had a look at my lower garden – this is almost always in the shade, except for in the height of summer, so I grow heucheras, tiarellas and acers. I love their colours at this time of year. Sorry, I know that my pictures aren’t brilliant – they were taken on my phone. It’s much more impressive in person.
I know it’s full of weeds but I can’t face disturbing all the spiders. I’m not afraid of them, I think spiders are awesome and don’t like upsetting them. Next time I’m down, I’ll do some proper weeding. My local garden centre is Honnor & Jeffrey, who have loads of great things, especially herbs and heathers. If I want something really specific, I’ll often order from Crocus – they ARE expensive and I pay an extra tenner on top of the five pound delivery charge for IoW delivery but they have a great website and a lot of choice.
The heucheras, tiarellas and heucherellas (a cross between the first two), I order from Plantagogo, who are based somewhere up north. I first met the owners at the RHS Autumn Show in 2014 and they were super helpful. Their couriers do charge LOADS for delivery to the IoW though so I have them deliver to London and then drive the plants down in the car.