Sweet Pea ‘Charlie’s Angels’.

Sweet Pea 'Charlie's Angels'
Sweet Pea ‘Charlie’s Angels’

It was evil Auntie Switch Blade Higgledy who put me on to  Sweet Pea ‘Charlie’s Angels’…she said the frilly, powder blue blooms tickled her evil gland delightfully. Not having an evil gland myself, I can’t comment…but having grown ‘Charlie’s Angels’ for a few years I must say they become very moreish to the senses.

The flowers are tremendously  reliable..I have three plants growing this season and I have a good jam jar sized harvest every few days…all from spring sown seeds.

They have a good scent…not as knockout as ‘Painted Lady‘ or ‘Perfume Delight’ but still fantastic…and the stems are the longest of all my Sweet Peas this year which I know is vital to you commercial growing types.

Sweet pea Charlie’s Angels was chosen by BBC Gardeners World magazine (July 2011) as the best ever sweet pea…this of course is very subjective…personally I think Auntie Switch Blade had got to the editor. (My own favorite (which changes every year) is ‘Winston Churchill)

‘this exceptional variety blooms for a long period and has superb perfume making it good for garden display, cut blooms or showing. ‘Charlie’s Angel’ Gardener’s World.

Sweet Pea ‘Charlie’s Angels’  has the RHS Medal of Distinction…teacher’s pet….

I sell ‘Charlie’s Angels’ at £2.10 for 20 seeds…they are also in my ‘Sweet Pea Collection’.

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy

 

The Sunday Night Picture Show. End Of June.

Thank you for sending your photos of your cutting gardens…please keep them coming…drop them at my Facebook or Twitter feeds.

Thx to David Tanner for this pic of his Foxglove  'Alba'...beautiful stuff.
Thx to David Tanner for this pic of his Foxglove ‘Alba’...beautiful stuff.
Early Summer action...from @Naturalflavours (Twitter)...the lilac coloured flower is Candytuft 'Crown'.
Early Summer action…from @Naturalflavours (Twitter)…the lilac coloured flower is Candytuft ‘Crown’.
This was sent by @foxglovegarden1 similar vibe to the previous pic...lots of eschscholzia about right now...very much enjoying that groovy corncockle too. :)
This was sent by @foxglovegarden1 similar vibe to the previous pic…lots of eschscholzia about right now…very much enjoying that groovy corncockle too. :)
Larkspur looking spanking gorgeous...from the lovely @theremaybebugs
Larkspur looking spanking gorgeous…from the lovely @theremaybebugs
Another fab photo from Rose Mckerrell...mighty fine.
Another fab photo from Rose Mckerrell…mighty fine….some ceinthe in there too…always good to see.
Orlaya grandiflora growing in the bucket garden of yours truly.
Orlaya grandiflora growing in the bucket garden of yours truly.
The Higgledy allotment.
The Higgledy allotment.
...another lotty plot...this one looked after by @glebefieldallotment
…another lotty plot…this one looked after by @glebefieldallotment
The wonderful 'Ivory Castle' with Gypsophila...thank you for this pic @littlesoapkitchen
The wonderful ‘Ivory Castle’ with Gypsophila…thank you for this pic @littlesoapkitchen
Phacelia...bees go potty for this chap. Thank you Helena J.
Phacelia…bees go potty for this chap. Thank you Helena J.
Sweet Peas looking 'ansome my lover! Thanks to J Williams.
Sweet Peas looking ‘ansome my lover! Thanks to J Williams.

More to come mid week! Thanks to everyone who sent pics. :)

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy.

 

Orlaya Grandiflora From A Spring Sowing

Orlaya grandiflora looking very dashing this morning.
Orlaya grandiflora looking very dashing this morning.

Orlaya Grandiflora is a cousin of the wonderfully useful Ammi Majus, a mysterious, sophisticated and saucy cousin…the kind of girl a chap would like to meet out on the balcony during a ball at a Russian palace.

She is a most distinctive annual with pure white umbels which seem to hover over a delicate and much divided fern like foliage. A very soothing addition to the garden or cut flower patch. You can’t have too much of Orlaya.

How To Grow Orlaya From Seed

Being a hardy annual you can make an Autumn sowing which will give you stronger plants earlier the following year or you can sow in the spring and thou shalt have it flowering until the frosts. I do both…I’m greedy and I don’t care who knows it.

Orlaya Grandiflora may well be lovely but she is also a bit of a handful… Her temperamentality starts at birth. Germinating the seeds can be erratic but there will always be successes…you’ve got to roll with the punches.

If you wish to sow in Autumn I suggest you sow it in pots and keep them in a cold frame or green house over winter. They need to grow a good root ball to survive. As your green house shouldn’t be too full during the winter you can afford to use largeish pots. I use six inch pots.

In the early spring, harden them off and plant them outside to a spacing of about a foot and a half. My Aunt Betsy said you should think nice thoughts when you plant them as they grow prettier flowers but then Aunt Betsy spent the last twelve months of her life thinking she was a unicorn and telling me the moon was making her hooves itch.

The plant in the photograph has been grown in a builder’s bucket (with holes put in)…I sowed the seeds in early April and kept the bucket in the greenhouse until after germination.

Orlaya seeds need to be sown on the surface as they need light to germinate.

Kind regards

Benjamin

PS Don’t forget you can be sowing your biennials in June and July

Sunday Night Picture Show…Solstice.

I have been sent far too many photos to get them all in…so I will start to run two picture shows per week throughout the growing season. Please keep them coming…I’m particularly keen to see how your flower patches look….not just your arrangements…happy Solstice!

Thanks to J Williams (Twitter). The first Cornflowers of the season are always the best.
Thanks to J Williams (Twitter). The first Cornflowers of the season are always the best.
More stunning cornflowers these grown by the good people at The Wight Flower Farm.
More stunning cornflowers these grown by the good people at The Wight Flower Farm.
More from Lisa P...thank you again.
More from Lisa P…thank you again.
From the lovely D Norridge. Corncockle & Nigella looking mighty 'ansome.
From the lovely D Norridge. Corncockle & Nigella looking mighty ‘ansome…..also some ‘Classic Romantic’ cornflowers….not grown very often…tres chic mon ami.
Cornflowers are clearly blooming all over the country...thanks to regular contributer Carolinef72 (twitter).
Cornflowers are clearly blooming all over the country…thanks to regular contributer Carolinef72 (twitter).
Phil Smithson's Sweet peas have been doing their thang to good effect...
Phil Smithson’s Sweet peas have been doing their thang to good effect…
@bessybrad sowing biennials in pots...great idea to get this done before the end of July. Go to the top of the class Bessy. :)
@bessybrad sowing biennials in pots…great idea to get this done before the end of July. Go to the top of the class Bessy. :)
Mo Hollier...we are putting you in charge of Nigella....marvellous work.
Mo Hollier…we are putting you in charge of Nigella….marvellous work.
Love this colour...thank you Anna Koska. MUST be Indian Prince.
Love this colour…thank you Anna Koska. MUST be Indian Prince.
@celestialcook showing off their skills! :)
@celestialcook showing off their skills! :)
Is that a Cornish Ware jug? Thanks Andy L...blue and purple work brilliantly together.
Is that a Cornish Ware jug? Thanks Andy L…the blue and purple work brilliantly together.
Kevin Lee "the joys of returning from holiday to a garden in bloom. All from your seeds. From last years sowing."  ...buy some more seed you cheap skate!!! ;)
Kevin Lee “the joys of returning from holiday to a garden in bloom. All from your seeds. From last years sowing.” …buy some more seed you cheap skate!!! ;)
Eschscholzia doing what they do....rather well....thank you @maggielavan
Eschscholzia doing what they do….rather well….thank you @maggielavan
Phacelia...grown by Emma Brown...a very underated flower in the cutting garden...very prolific beastie.
Phacelia…grown by Emma Brown…a very underated flower in the cutting garden…very prolific beastie.

Many many thanks for sending me your pics. Please keep them coming…either to my Twitter feed….or my Facebook feed.

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy

Free Seeds At The Port Eliot Festival.

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…last year was my first time at the Port Eliot festival…WHAT an event…a truly family friendly festy of creative delights…

It is a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase a Higgledy cut flower garden….in fact I simply provide the seeds and Catherine St Germans and Mike Le Jardin work their magic. They have done an amazing job and the garden is going to look even better than it did last year.

Those of you that are going to the festival….come and find the Higgledy Garden tent…it is in the walled garden…say the password ‘Furface Fandango’ and we will furnish you with a free packet of seeds…I have 500 packets to give away.

Kind regards

Benjamin Higgledy