X – Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum

Xeranthemum or Xerophyllum? I think I mentioned earlier in the month that I’m giving over a third of my allotment to cut flowers or just flowers this year. Reason? I use a lot of cut flowers in the Holiday Homes.

B&B , Norfolk, Flowers
Sunflowers at Meadowside Barn B&B

In these times where our lives are blended, work, rest and play all in together, so my Allotment reflects this; a place for work (flowers) rest (outdoor living) play (trying to produce crops) big emphasis on the trying on my behalf.

I was going to attempt a typology for genus of cut flowers but am mostly following the advice of some rather good seed producer I follow on twitter @higgledygarden creative and amusing author of the associated blogs ‘Benjamin Ranyard’

Now X, Y & Z I have left over to cut flower types that I can use, to be honest the other aspect ‘Produce’ never got off the ground I had two takers for a ‘Guest Blog’ this year! Hopless.

Xeranthemum and Xerophyllum are two flowers I’ve not seen advertised anywhere so I thought lets try and be unique at Barn & Beach.

Xeranthemum – Xeranthemum ‘Lumina’ is a hardy annual, one of the prettiest of everlasting flowers; they are simply charming in borders with an abundance of 1 to 2 inch wide, dainty blossoms in four distinct colours of white, rose, crimson and purple. (from http://www.seedaholic.com/xeranthemum-lumina-double-mixed.html)

Xeranthemum
Xeran-themum


The attractive double crested paper-like blooms stand gracefully aloft strong stems of silver-green foliage and have a papery feel. They are excellent for cutting, and if dried are useful for winter decoration. (fromhttp://www.seedaholic.com/xeranthemum-lumina-double-mixed.html)

Xerophyllum – Is probably not going to fit the bill, as lovely as it looks it takes to much space and is probably to slow for the cut flower garden (comments?) It has a charming common name of ‘ Beargrass’ and is easy on the eye, bit not native or practical.

My challenge for X will be Xeranthemum, must ask Ben if he can supply some..


 

 

 

 

W – Walled Garden

The walled Garden at Felbrigg Hall National Trust site is my piece of heaven, since moving to Norfolk in 2010 I have visited this garden throughout the seasons each year.

The early spring heralds the opening, whilst there is only the skeleton to admire it is a very fine skeleton indeed, especially the espaliered fruit trees that cling to those red brick walls.

Garden Open, Felbrigg walled Garden, Norfolk
Garden Open

The depth of the loam, the frameworks, the free-ranging chickens and a brown rat stealing their food all easy to identify before the growth begins.

Mid-spring the verdant young shoots begin to appear: enclosed and hence warmer the nature of these walled gardens has allowed blossom to form on fruit trees, out on the coast we are still have bare branches despite May knocking at the door.

I really look forward to a late May or early June visit when things will have developed further before the plants being at full-tilt in July.

Walled Garden, Norfolk, Gardens, National Trust.
A view through the Walled Garden

Harvest is well used here at Felbrigg with much of the produce heading 500 meters over the lawns to the tea rooms.

I will plan a September visit then again in Late Autumn before the trust close the garden for winter.

 

It is a special place and to see it in different forms of dress throughout the seasons really help focus ones mind on seasonality and what it means in England to planting, planning and the produce.

Join me throughout the year at Felbrigg Walled Garden, North Norfolk?

Pagoda
Pagoda at Felbrigg