Sunday, 20 September 2009

No Winter Vegetables, but More Flowers...

So, this afternoon's trip to the local garden centre didn't 'bear fruit', so to speak. With no winter seeds in stock and October only two weeks away, I've had to turn to the Internet for a selection of winter seeds – more to follow on this at a later date.

The trip wasn't a complete waste of time however, as I returned laden with some more bedding plants to replace withering window boxes. The main focus of the London Vegetable Garden's central window box is the rather splendid 'Celosia Caracas', more commonly known as Coxcomb or Prince of Wales' Feathers:


Surrounding this fine floral specimen, I have planted some Sweet William plants (Dianthus Barbatus). Hopefully these will bloom nicely over the coming weeks and add a vibrant display of colour to the London Vegetable Garden balcony.

As for the flowers I planted a few weeks ago, the chrysanthemums are starting to swell nicely and the bedding pansies are starting to grow bigger, although show no signs of blooming just yet. The plants that my girlfriend's father sent down in August have also taken on their own lease of life, with beautiful flowers starting to blossom – if anyone can identify what type of flower / plant this is, I'd be most grateful!


8 comments:

  1. That looks rather like a snapdragon to me, I remember them from my childhood.

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  2. hi callum - do you ever use anything other than a plant pot as a container? Garden Beet is currently on the look out for new trends in the types of containers being used.....www.gardenbeet.com

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  3. looks like a dahlia and salvia to me, but dont quote me on that one. I just order some primula goldlace plants from www.gardeningexpress.co.uk for a window box i have, they should make a lovely spring show. if i remember i;ll send you a picture

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  4. nice blog with very nice picture of Dianthus Barbatu flower. It looks awesome. just curious to know if it is growing in normal soil.

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  6. Dianthus flowers Barbatu It looks awesome. is growing in pots or soil normal?

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