Back in 2013 I followed Geoff Hamilton's advice, visited a garden centre or nursery each month and bought a plant already in flower. This should ensure that I have something flowering in my garden every month of the year.
My plant choice in June 2013 was scabiosa columbaria Barocca. It was a gorgeous colour but unfortunately it's been another casualty, it's nowhere to be seen now. It's given me the opportunity to purchase something new though.
When I visited Temple Newsam Gardens earlier this month, I was really taken with the candelabra primroses growing at the side of the lake so when I saw a plant for sale in a local garden centre I had no hesitation in popping it in my basket. This is primula Bullesiana.
I think it was the day after I bought this plant that we visited Harlow Carr and I saw them growing along the stream there. Their planting combinations look fabulous. I knew I'd made a good choice this month.
Candelabra primroses are very different to the primroses I associate with spring. They flower much later, from late spring well in to summer and they carry their flowers in tiers on tall, upright stems.
I'm not sure how well it will do in my garden as they require an evenly moist soil, that's why they grow so well along streams or by the side of lakes. I've placed my plant beside my little pond and hope it will do well there.
Let's hope it does better than my scabiosa did.
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