This year I was amazed, after a long cold hard winter, to see signs of life in these so called half hardy annuals from 2010 that had not flowered much the previous year (I always leave annuals in the ground in case we have a mild winter.).
The grew big over this 2nd Summer and started to put on a show of fabulous rich flowers in all different gold and rusty colours at about 2ft high in August. Since the slugs have barely looked at these I think I’ll make them a regular feature instead of Heleniums which I love, but which were entirely eaten by the slimey ones in this wet year.
I’m hoping to save some seed but I don’t have much luck with plants in that area as they are under a tree and get soggy, and the sun has dipped by the time they are ready to make seeds. But I don’t mind at all buying a packet when they bring this much cheer to the August and September garden. I’ll leave them in place and see if they will come back a 3rd year.
It will be interesting to see if they will do as well in other parts of our gardens. The spot they were in is between tree roots with poor well drained soil. It normally is quite dry but this year rain has kept it pretty moist.
- side note, big gales here today, but not too much of the predicted rain, though I can see it up there looking ready to fling itself at my rudbeckias. they may bend a little, but they are fairly sturdy and tend to hold each other up in a wind.