I already described how the timber boardwalk had to be replaced with a more durable walkway a few months ago. I filled the edging with seedlings of Dahlias and Cosmos and I am happy to say they survived the heatwave! This is a temporary measure as I plan to put various sedums in their places as permanent planting as I think they will survive well in the cavities in the blocks that comprise the edging.
I have tried some sedums and they seem happy enough! But for this year I wanted instant colour and I am very happy with the results. The thing I like best about dahlias from seed is that they are always the open flowers that the bees love. All I have to remember is to dead-head so they continue to flower!
I wasn’t really sure about the Cosmos – would they be too tall? Or would they block the path? But I was worrying unnexessarily! Again, dead-heading is the name of the game!
The one disappointment i have is the Nicotiana I also grew from seed – I mustn’t have read the small print on the seed packet as I was expecting the tall and elegant Nicotiana I grew in previous years – so even though they have produced lots of flowers, the scent is nothing like as good as the larger ones. Note to self: READ THE LABELS BEFORE YOU BUY!!!
No perfume! So disappointing!
However, the first year of my Bamboo Walkway is a success in my book – now I just have to get in and put manners on the Bamboo!
A surprisingly successful planting effort! But I’m still not a fan of growing stuff from seed!