My lovely husband has been at Silverstone watching the Formula One racing this weekend so I’ve had some proper “me” time. So, whilst he’s been up to his knees in mud (due to the persistent rain) I’ve been visiting nurseries and going all gooey over plants. It used to be handbags and boots (but I’m undergoing a 12 step programme) and now my new high is acquiring plants.
I’m so excited about my first purchase! It’s a lace-cap Hydrangea Hobella and I’ve positioned it in front of the Garden Room so I can look at it every day. It’s unapologetically girly, frothy and gorgeous. It stopped me in my tracks and I had to have it – my normally pragmatic inner voice was nowhere to be heard! Wouldn’t it make a beautiful wedding present?
I didn’t go out looking for anything in particular as I’ve found that most of my shopping trips (clothes, presents, plants..) are more successful when I don’t have a list! The Bumble Bees happily alerted me to my next purchase which was a gorgeous hot pink Bergamot Monarda Cranberry Lace.
I then came across a Chocolate Cosmos that made my heart sing… once upon a time, a long time ago, a very cherished cat used to sleep amongst the chocolate cosmos. He also used to sleep in the Cornflowers too but they still grew around him! I bought the Cosmos to remind me of George… he was such a gorgeous cat!
The bees were also buzzing happily around the Salvia Mystic Spires Blue so how could I not buy some? They even followed me to my car so I’m reassured that I’ve made a good choice… I think I’ll shop with the bees more often 🙂
It stopped raining at lunchtime and the sun made a valiant effort to shine through the clouds. Hopefully, the tomatoes will start to ripen soon and the courgettes will make an appearance… I have a ratatouille craving so they’d better hurry!
What lovely choices . love the hydrangea! I wish I had an English garden centre near me in Bavaria! 😀 (Probably good I don’t!)
The garden centres are lovely… and quite addictive! I’m trying to propogate my own plants but the attraction of fully grown plants in flower is often too much!
My garden needs a hydrangea, and that one is so pretty. They are very easy to grow too. The cosmos is lovely too. I want!!
There are so many plants I want too… I may have to extend my garden next year!
Deciding what to buy guided by the bees – brilliant! I’d decided this year not to buy any more plants – the garden is full, but seeing your new plants makes me think I could maybe find just a little space…
There’s always a little space somewhere 😉
Love the mystic spires salvia! I have grown this for years and adore the long lasting color. Just curious – Where are you located? – Couldn’t find it on your blog.
I’m in little old England!
What a garden! Gorgeous!
So kind, thank you!
I like how you choose plants.
Thanks Mary… it may catch on 😉
Lovely plant purchases…especially liking that Hydrangea.
Thanks Bridget – I went back again today but they’d all sold out!
The Hydrangea is such a pretty color.
I’ve got a feeling it might change colour so I’m making the most of it whilst it’s so pretty!
Lovely cheerful post! Keep on buying!
Thanks Malc – I’m quickly running out of room at the moment so my buying will be kept in check 🙂
The cosmos does look beautiful. I haven’t ventured into gardening flowers yet – next this might be on the list 🙂
Definitely try it – if you love having fresh flowers in the house it will save you a fortune. They also make very welcome gifts and the veg garden looks so pretty mixed with flowers. The cosmos are lovely but the slugs will devour them if the defences are down!
I don’t know how I missed this post (busy life, maybe?). I love your new flowers! and your garden looks so so beautiful! I think my new favorite past time is seeking out new flowers and plants. I also think I could fill my yard with the many different varieties of hydrangea (and I love them all!). Yours is so pretty!
That Hydrangea is really something special – well spotted. A purse full of money soon disappears mysteriously in a garden centre.
Lovely purchases! I especially love the hydrangea and the monarda, I too have exchanged a shoe addiction for a plant one. I cannot be trusted with a bank card in garden center :)!
I love buying new plants! I’ve just put n cinararias and panolas. You have a beautiful garden.
i’m in the same transition ~ garden shopping has *gleefully* replaced shoe shopping heh heh