It’s late summer and the garden is still awash with colour and life, although it’s almost all plant life. The little birds we usually share the garden with have all but disappeared. We have a few flowers which we’ve grown for the first time this year but which have definitely established themselves as front runners for next year. One of these is Gladioli.
We have a mix of reds and purples with reds being my favourite and purple being Kate’s favourite.
Something to remember if you plan to grow these flowers however is to put your stakes in when you plant the bulbs. We didn’t and not only have we ended up with random clusters of the plants but they are also quite tall and top heavy, so they have drooped quite a lot.
We have gone back now and staked them but it is risky to do things this way as you could accidentally damage the bulbs. We have the flowers in beds at both the front and back of the house but for next year I’m going to break up the clusters a bit and spread them out more evenly. Putting the stakes in early will help with that as it’ll help me picture where things are and how they will look once the tall spears of leaves appear.
The purple flowers are a bit frilly and are purple on the outside with deep purple centres.
The red ones are a mix of all scarlet and scarlet with white centres. Both look amazing with the shock of tall green against the red brick of the house or fence and then the blast of colour. And something a bit different…
Now anyone who reads our blog regularly could be forgiven for thinking we were super planners and that our entire garden follows our pre thought out designs.
However if you’ve read a few posts back you’ll know about our random wheat crop which appeared in the flower bed?
Well we have another strange interloper… a random tomato plant was growing in the flower bed… the same flower bed. It’s not a great photo as I didn’t think to photograph it for you before I pulled it up, but it seemed to be thriving. It had flowers on it which could potentially have become tomatoes. We can’t quite work out this happened but I’m wondering if the sparrows have maybe stolen a leaf from one of my plants and dropped it letting it take root. I will have to keep a closer eye on things.