This is the journal of my endeavours to grow a range of fruit, veg and flowers from seed, grow organically, and my attempts to create a personal paradise with 1/2 acre of maintained gardens and 1/2 acre wild meadows. Northern Ireland's average daily high temperatures are 18 °C (64 °F) in July and 6 °C (43 °F) in January. Soil type: Clay
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Is cheap cheerful? (Echinacea, Red Hot Poker, Iris)
Above: the pack and pieces of two root balls, one with sprouts starting. I planted this into a good size pot and labelled it. Always wanted an Echinacea Purpurea!
Can you imagine trying to take this back to a dollar/pound shop and asking for 99p back?
The white flowers are Gypsophila Elegans (Covent Garden White) an annual I grew from seed.
Below: Close up of flower that was supposed to be Echinacea Purpurea
Left: Another root plant bought and potted up in March was Red Hot Poker. I've always admired this plant ...
and here's the result...
Maybe Red Hot Poker doesn't flower in their first year? Or maybe it will be late this year?
Dutch Iris bulbs and planted them in pots back in March. They've probably been the most successful of the 'cheapy' plant selection.