Sorry it’s been a while. We are on half term and yesterday was my birthday.
We did a few things yesterday and one of them was to go round a garden centre – I needed some more coriander and dill (both had bolted) and while I was there, I also picked up some hyssop, chervil and basil (Greek, Genovese and Black).
I also wanted to tackle the bed nearest the kitchen door, which has a hideous slug / creeping yellow buttercup problem. I ended up getting another sea holly, six marigolds, two petunias (one black, one purple and white) and some thing I can’t remember the name of. It is quite possible the slugs will eat the petunias but maybe they won’t.
Before I planted all that out, I sprayed the creeping yellow buttercup with some noxious weedkiller. Then I had an attack of guilt and became I had killed the entire bed. So I got the hose out and watered the whole bed down. Then I did what I did last time and dug the yellow buttercup out with my hand fork.
One thing I did notice when I was planting the new sea holly is that there seemed to be three little sea holly plants already in the bed. I will be amazed if they are actually sea holly plants (because plants I like don’t tend to reproduce, only ones I hate – like the yellow buttercup). However, I have moved them (one to the middle of this bed and two to another bed) and will see how they do.
I love marigolds but was always convinced that they would clash with all my other flowers. However, I am past caring. As long as the bastard slugs don’t eat them, I will be happy enough. The pelargoniums have only just started to recover.
My kind husband also got me another cold frame (because, once I repotted my foxglove seedlings, I didn’t have room for them all. Then the slugs ate most of the ones outside the cold frame). I got some yellow foxglove seeds and sowed them in a tray with normal compost. I’m not sure how they’ll do – there were only about 65 seeds in the packet (the packets of ordinary foxglove seeds have about 1,500 in there) but I hope that two or three will come through. I’ve never seen a yellow foxglove.