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Annual Border & That Hardy Orchid

28 May 2010 20:10:58
Dactylorhiza maculata 'Kilmarnock'

Dactylorhiza maculata 'Kilmarnock'

I continued the planting work on my Annual Border.

That makes 273 plants put into that border so far and it's a bit more than half full.

I put a nice Carol Klein type 'wave' cutting from front to back with the squirrel grass.

I put out plenty of the slug pellets tonight as the little blighters seem to love the Coleus and are quite partial to a spot of Petunia too!

I noticed my hardy orchid, bought form Terra Nova, is in flower. I guess it may come into fuller flower in a few days but I wasn't prepared to wait so I snapped it today. It is really beautiful.

Here's the list of what I put down today:


No. of Plants Genus Species Variety
21   Coleus blumei Black Dragon
28   Petunia grandiflora Mirage White
6   Petunia x hybrida Strawberry Sundae
3   Ricinus communis Carmencita
41   Schizanthus pinnatus Hit Parade & mixed
32   Zinnia elegans Envy Double
47   Hordeum jubatum  

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shazzsamsudin shazzsamsudin 28 May 2010 20:14:24

OMG....how long did that take you? Put up photos of the said 273 plants please =)

That dactylorhiza looks gorgeous! 

sean m. sean m. 28 May 2010 20:20:04

that sure is planting on a grand scale. well done. love coleus for its wonderful colours and velvety touch

Rachel Rachel 28 May 2010 20:56:18

Shazz, if you look 8 journals down, there is a photo of the border with the first 95 plants in it. They are mostly small so don't look very impressive (yet). I'll post another photo when I'm all finished as I'm off to watch Chelsea now : )

It's my first year growing Coleus, Sean. i love it already too : )

Myrtle Myrtle 28 May 2010 21:42:42

I thought I was busy! I'm sure you will be thrilled with it when it is all in full colour. That is a beautiful orchid, the colours and markings are just lovely.

Lìga Lìga 28 May 2010 22:25:56

Oho...well done Rachel!!!How tall was squirrel grass?I have very nice plants,time to plant them out(thanks for seeds:))

  And yes,THAT hardy orhid,is beautiful.All my only now start grow.

Rachel Rachel 28 May 2010 22:31:28

I'll be glad to have it done, Myrtle. The I have to plant up the new Tropical Border then the big one at the front. It's impossible to know if I have enough plants - probably not. Should have sown more.

Liga, are you telling me the squirrel grass seed I gave you germinated? I got a very poor germination rateand gave up on it in the end. I got more seed from, Bill. 

Lìga Lìga 28 May 2010 22:37:40

If i didn't mixed up names ,then yes,nearly all.Just sorry i didn't sowed them earlyer.So,how tall is it growing:))

Rachel Rachel 28 May 2010 22:42:22

Not tall, Liga, about 20 inches. Maybe I shouldn't have given up on my seed!

Lìga Lìga 28 May 2010 22:49:39


Johnplotman Johnplotman 29 May 2010 10:34:26

You have a very large selection of plants so far in that border Rachel.The slugs will love to pay a visit.When i arrived home Carol Kleins,Grow Your Own Veg book was waiting for me.Plenty of suprises [veg book and clay] on a Friday evening.Good luck with the outcome of all the border plantings.


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