Thursday, 4 November 2010

Garden Blues (part two)

Following on from yesterday, yet more of the blue flowers in my garden this year.
I'll start off with a trio of Campanula - the first one was a small plant that I bought last year which has done a pretty good job of taking over this summer. The early blooming C.glomerata........
.......followed by C.persicifolia, which I started off from seed last spring
My third Campanula is C.punctata.......

Perennial Lobelias are my favourite garden plant and this is L.siphilitica..........
It performs best in the shade and likes to be kept moist. As with all my Lobelias, in September I gently tug out and pot up new shoots to be kept under cover over the winter in order to replace any losses.

The next photo was a present of bird poo I think, as it sprang up between the paving slabs! I think (and I may be wrong) that this low grower is called Isotoma. Either way, a nice surprise!

The final two are both Salvias - firstly Salvia "Black and Blue"..........
......... which is rumoured to be a little tender so I have a cutting under cover just in case.
The Salvia patens above was only started from seed in July in preparation for next year. One of them has decided to flower though so, as I have more than enough for my needs, I've bought it into the conservatory.

Next time, I'll concentrate on the tender blues that have thrived outside this summer.


  1. Keith, thank you for stopping by my blog, The Gardening Life, and for your comments. In answer to your questions, I have not yet grown the glory lily but you do make it seem simple to do so. I am enamoured with it's exotic blossoms! Yes, I do like the exotic plants. (mostly because they are not typical plants grown in this area). I've tried trycirtus herta but it didn't make it through its second winter. Sad.

    You have some beautiful photography here!

  2. I'll be along more often - I enjoyed a quick flick through and "followed" it!
    Give the Gloriosa a go - go for Superba if you can get it. My pot lives in the cupboard under the stairs during the winter. When it's growing, I allow the leaves to get to the point of wilting before watering.
    Not sure how you're doing for space, but with regards to Tricyrtis, I nip out offsets May time and grow on in pots to keep under cover just in case of winter losses - a 10cm pot will provide a good hardy plant to put out in spring. It's a technique that I use with my perennial Lobelias too.
    Thank you. I got back into photography this year after a twenty year break. I can't believe how much that there is to get to grips with on a modern DSLR!