September in my small garden cutting patch has mainly been all about preparing for next year. Next year in July is my next door neighbour’s wedding and the plan is to grow most of the flowers in my cutting patch.
I already have an established patch of delphiniums and lupins, the delphiniums grow and multiply year by year, the lupins have been there a year and hopefully will do one or two more. I have now planted Lysmachia and Aqualegias which I have grown from seed this year and the Alchemilla mollis are now established plants.
The biannuals, Honesty and Sweet Williams are now established and doing well and I am also growing a different Sweet William called ‘Sooty’, which I first spotted on a visit to a National Trust property. These seedlings are still very small and may not be ready to plant out in time before the first frost arrives in which case they will have to be over wintered in the cold frame.
With lots of help from my husband and my son we have prepared and planted the hardy annual seeds, Cornflowers, Nigella, Poppies, Ammi Majus, Bubleurum and Calendula, for flowering late Spring and early Summer next year. If all goes well and according to plan then we should have lots of lovely flowers for the wedding!
The cutting patch still has some colour, the Rudbeckia are beautiful and the Delphiniums are flowering for the second time.