The warmer weather has been the signal to get going on our bedding displays here at Rosemoor. We've removed the hardy biennial wallflowers, Bellis, forget-me-nots and polyanthus, along with the spring bulbs; tulips and Muscari.
These have been replaced with a range of tender perennials that are native to South Africa, South America and the Mediterranean.
Osteospermum, Argyranthemum, Salvia, Pelargonium, Canna and Nemesia will grow here during the summer months, creating a vibrant visual display.
Cuttings are taken in August before the plants are caught by the first autumn frosts, and are overwintered on the nursery. The following May, the ground is cultivated using a pedestrian rotavator, firmed by treading and a final tilth and level prepared. The beds are then fed with a balanced feed of Growmore.
Drifting in a sea of colour
We plant in informal drifts using a range of mainly pastel-coloured flowers and using a variety of foliage colours, shapes and textures. Through the summer we regularly deadhead to ensure flowering continues into autumn. So all we need now are some long hot sunny days to make the plants feel at home and create that eye-catching display for our visitors.
Devon folklore says that we can still get frosts in late May. These are locally called Franklin Nights when the devil may blight the apple blossom by blasting them with frost. So Devon folk may prefer to wait until after the end of May to plant their tender plants, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed!