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Finished the Annuals Border

31 May 2010 19:32:38
Finished the Annuals Border

Finished the Annuals Border

Hurray!!! I have finished planting up my Annuals Border.

It took a few more plants and the final plant count is 555 plants. I have kept note of numbers this year so as I'll know how many annuals to grow next year. I could stick in a few more poor man's orchid on the far side but I'll hang onto them for the minute to see if they're needed more pressingly elsewhere.

The border is mostly in shades of pink and red with some white. It has two swathes of grasses - a wave of squirrel grass down the middle and two clumps of giant red millet. It has a row of browny sunflowers at the very back and then two other clumps of dark ones, near the back.

A close up of this photo is available in my May 2010 album but the plants are still small so look quite unimpressive yet. In the words of Alan Titchmarsh "Grow, You Buggers, Grow".

Here is what has made up those 555 plants...

Genus Species Variety
13   Helianthus annuus Earth Walker
10   Helianthus annuus Claret
72   Helychrysum monstrosum Summer Solstice
21   Coleus blumei Black Dragon
28   Petunia grandiflora Mirage White
6   Petunia x hybrida Strawberry Sundae
3   Ricinus communis Carmencita
41   Schizanthus pinnatus  
32   Zinnia elegans Envy Double
47   Hordeum jubatum  
18   Zinnia elegans Scarlet Flame
26   Callistephus chinensis Siam
48   Callistephus chinensis red
88   Cosmos bipinnatus  
48   Cosmos bipinnatus Rose
24   Cosmos bipinnatus Picotée
7   Orlaya grandiflora  
14   Pennisetum glaucum Purple Majesty
9   Schizanthus pinnatus  

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 31 May 2010 19:35:59

Very impressive. Good job it wasn't 666, though.

fran m fran m 31 May 2010 19:36:33

In one boarder....................don't happen often......speechless

Clara Clara 31 May 2010 19:40:03

Great work done Rachel and for the next area how many ? looking forward to seeing all in colour.

fraoch fraoch 31 May 2010 19:57:12

Wow! That will be fantastic!

MartinB MartinB 31 May 2010 21:05:22

Great work but why bring the titchmarsh fellow into it ?

MartinB MartinB 31 May 2010 21:06:50

Rachel what is growing out of your greenhouse roof ?

Bernie B Bernie B 31 May 2010 21:14:36

Wow that is some list. They will look stunning.

Myrtle Myrtle 31 May 2010 22:13:04

I have been busy today trying to get the last of my annuals in but it pales in to insignifance in comparison! It will be a wonderful sight at the height of summer.

Keego Keego 31 May 2010 22:49:33

Rachel this will be a spectacle - will be interisting to see how each plant gets on which ones you are plesed with and if they are any that you would not bother with again

Ladybird Ladybird 31 May 2010 23:09:19

That will be some border.

Rachel Rachel 31 May 2010 23:31:15

It felt like 666 about noon today, Jacinta.

Great result so, Fran : )

There will be fewer annuals in the other areas, Clare. It is great to see the volume of plants diminish.

Martin, the small photo is deceptive. The larger one in the May 2010 album shows the truth. The bushes in the hedgerow behind are visible through the greenhouse windows.

Keego, I love to try new plants and will learn from this summer's plantings.

fran m fran m 31 May 2010 23:37:24


Cloncaw Cloncaw 01 June 2010 00:28:16

Mind Boggling hard to fathom sowing and nuturing that number of plants mind you would like to have to go and buy them.

rosburke rosburke 01 June 2010 10:12:50

I thought my number of plants sown and germinated were good, but it pales in comparision to yours. 

Pat Pat 01 June 2010 10:30:54

I can't wait to see your garden, that will be a fantastic show. You have to let me know when to see it at its best and I will be over, I know I am inviting myself.

unagrant unagrant 01 June 2010 12:43:39

Wow Rachel, hats off to you.  Think how much that would have cost you if you were to go out and buy them.  Well done to you.  I must be a relief to get it done.

Rachel Rachel 01 June 2010 17:43:52

Yes, Geraldine & Una, the cost of buying those plants would be prohibitive but it is not expensive if you grow everything from seed. And annuals aren't hard to grow from seed.

Pat, you are welcome any time. But to see my garden at it's best, I would recommend waiting another 2-3 weeks. I still have two very large beds unplanted, one of which still has plastic membrane on it.

Ternie Ternie 01 June 2010 18:30:56

well, fantastic, Rachel! wish you the same luck and the same energy with more planting! :))) well done indeed!

Rachel Rachel 01 June 2010 23:52:07

Thanks, everyone. I do hope it will be nice when everything grows up a little.

Pat Pat 02 June 2010 14:06:03

Hi Rachel, I'll wait, mine is the same about 2/3 weeks to be"rght", and I will have lots of time. I am retiring (well semi) at the end of the month, so I'll give you a call then.

Rachel Rachel 02 June 2010 14:09:06

Good for you, Pat. Will you move to Wexford full time then?

Pat Pat 02 June 2010 14:52:25

Not full time Rachel, but over summer a lot of the time. Still want some work in Dublin.


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