Little and Large (and Orange)

Viola Citrus (above) with Pansy Citrus (below) Hardy things, violas and pansies, and excellent for injecting some welcome long-term colour into seasonal displays - not that there is much shortage in the garden at the moment, but as the season moves deeper into autumn and on into winter and pigments leach from the landscape, these…

Pottering

I  can just about get to the front door, after three hours of potting and pottering, pretty much everything has a new winter home... A maintenance day today - bright blue skies, chill, the wicked wind has died down and I've lots of plants to pot up into more suitable containers before the weather really…

Another chocolate fancy…

Cosmos Chocamocha A new-ish form of the favourite chocolate-scented, late-summer flowering Cosmos atrosanguineus... with even more chocolately aroma, velvety bronze-red flowers and all a little more compact, so less need for staking. It will flower, in full sun, from June to September and grow to a height of 45cm. A great companion for other late-flowering…

Blue Lagoons

Pansy Beacon Blue Such intense colours, on a plant that could go on flowering right through until next spring - unfazed by much that a typical winter can throw at it. Deadhead regularly keep in a sunny spot (but remember they don't like too much heat) trim back if the plant gets too leggy watch…

Life after the petunias….

Viola Beacon Blue - just one from a myriad choice of violas and larger flowered pansies Large-flowered Cyclamen, bringing colour to autumn and winter containers September next week it is, and the nights are drawing in. Containers full of summer colour - lobelias, petunias, marigolds, begonias and all that - might be looking a little…