A number of the trees in Oakfield Park are listed with the Tree Council of Ireland, one such tree being this 300 year old Chestnut tree, which is just starting to open and drop its chestnuts onto the manicured lawns. The 28th of September was the last public open day of the year in Oakfield Park so a few of the visitors were lucky enough to gather a few of these chestnuts for planting at home. Seed saving from a piece of living history...totally cool!
Gardening is all about forward planning, way back on the 5th of October we sowed some Chrysanthemum Sunshine seeds, and over the past week or so they've all been coming into flower in the garden, giving some delightful colours in the garden.
I think I produced about 200 of these as plugs in the end, and kept 18 for myself, so I'm hopeful that everyone who got some from me have them looking as good as my own...
Last October we sowed some black pansy seeds into some trays, these have been kept in the polytunnel and these are how they're coming along.
We're now at the stage of potting these up into larger pots...we'll leave them in the pots then to grow on for a month or more and then these will be ideal for summer flowering pots...
Every Autumn a job I look forward to doing is planting out Sweet William plants...because then I can think about next summer.
(Planning ahead with sweet william)
Sweet William is a biennial plant, meaning you sow it this year and it flowers the next. I adore it, I grow it in pots, borders and in amongst rose bushes in my own garden. Here we're planting a bed full of Sweet William, Foxglove and Harlequin Flowers. this will give us a great show from late spring and onwards through the summer...all for a about a quid....not bad!!
Early each autumn we sow some seeds of Larkspur, this summer flowering annual is a great seed to sow now for earlier flowers next summer (compared to a spring sowing). The seeds germinate quickly and strongly and will be able for potting up by end of November, and then for planting out when the weather allows.
Larkspur flower off at around 4' high so are great for the cutting and for adding height and summer colour to the garden
Heres a few wee seeds we're sowing just now for next year, this one is Lagurus ovatus, a wonderful little grass plant which produces these wee 'bunny tails'....a real interest plant for the container or garden. Its only an annual so you'll have to re-sow it each year but wonderful all the same
another wonderful decorative grass is this Briza maxinia, another grass with decorative seed heads and like the Lagurus its an annual grass. Growing about 2' high its a nice grass for swaying in the wind and works well planted in a wee drift along a paths edge
In contract to the 2 above Cleome Violet Queen is a fabulous flowering plant, growing 5' in height it produces these bright scented flowers in the summer.
Sweet William are a garden classic, lovely scented flowers in summer months. Ideal for filling gaps inbetween roses and in borders, it makes an invaluable cut flower
another great fragrant plants are these Wallflowers, tragically very unfashionable but wallflower are great to bring beneficial bugs to the party, these flower in spring and early summer and are a welcome food source for bees early in the year
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