Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Special Delivery. Diary

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Special Delivery. Diary

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PRESSURE'S ON: Our open ground plants were arriving this week. We put off their delivery for as long as possible because of the cold weather but once we have agreed a delivery time with the nursery, that's it.

They lift them, pack them and send them straight away so there's as little disruption to their growing pattern as possible.

When we got them, it was all systems go. We cleaned off old leaves then treated them just as we would divisions of our own plants.

There's always a big trug of good compost to hand. Although we don't necessarily follow the oft-repeated expert dictat to "plant in threes", we don't do dotty planting either.

We planted our verbascums - one is a lovely variety called "Cotswold Queen", with yellow flowers and purple middles - to run through one bed among Anchusa "Loddon Royalist". Grasses and rudbeckia carry on the show into summer and autumn.

BEST SUPPORTING ROLE: We've been sowing peas already and this year we need to be well-armed with twiggy pea sticks to give them support. …

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