There are many styles of gardening, from formal straight lines, to cottage gardening where anything goes… anywhere you plant it. The latter was always my form of gardening. If I saw a plant I liked, I bought it and plonked it in without a great amount of thought. I looked for a space, gave a passing thought to its planting requirements and tried to pop it in where at least there would be some contrast with the scheme around it. But that was about it. I suppose one reason for this was that I could never afford to buy a huge amount of plants in one go….therefore making planned planting schemes rather difficult.
And this kind of gardening works. You end up with fantastic borders containing a huge variety of plants, but with the downfall that many are really not situated in an appropriate position, both in respect to sun, water requirements and also size. Therefore you, well I do at least, spend a lot of time moving things around year after year, which is not necessarily very good for the poor little plants.
Of late I’ve been trying to be a little more thoughtful about area’s I’m planting up, thinking carefully about what I want to plant and what would look fantastic with it. I have bought some beautiful medium height aliums, which I am going to pair with long flowering grasses. Crews Hill found me a number of ferns for my new fern bed. Now, whilst a fern bed would look fantastic on its own, I wanted something more, something a little different. So…..along came some californian poppies which truly look great as their delicate petals rise up above the vivid greenery. Once both sets of plants establish themselves, it should look great!
It’s always good to mix it up a little, try it, you might be suprised at your hidden creative streak!
Every time Cruise Hill is even mentioned my heart quickens. A subtle hint in a sentence, a passing referral to this paradise, an out and out plan to visit this oasis, makes my credit card groan and my smile broaden. I just can’t help myself. The garden centre utopia known as Cruise Hill is always worth a visit and I rarely come away without spending a small fortune.
It all started with a trip to a bird centre in the vicinity. I am a bit of a boffin when it comes to birds, keeping and breeding them for many many years. I often find myself spending hundreds of pounds, pounds that I hadn’t intended on parting with. Its’ a finch here, a parakeet there, thankfully never a parrot…..yet. I must admit that I did return today with a tiny white zebrafinch hen. She was all alone, I had a single cock sitting in the avairy…it’s the perfect pairing.
But its in recent days that I’ve gone slightly plant crazy. Its not a want, its a physical need to fill my overflowing trolley with more and more plants. It’s the foliage, the smell, the overpowering need to keep buying thing’s that grow. I did well though, £40 later and I’d got an assortment of ferns, californian poppies, heucera’s, dahlia’s, osteospermums and ornamental grasses. I pushed the boat out on a stunning Echium Webbii. Also known as the “bee plant” it’s soaring spires of white flowers change to blue as the mature, attracting the buzzing of the friendly bee and filling the garden with an unusual and rare plant. I can’t believe I found one. It must be my favourite buy of the day! Along with Mary, and budding gardener Leone, we managed to spend £150 and fill the car to the brim!
Seeing out the back of the car could be difficult!
£40 got me this lot, I’m quite, quite happy. Good day out!