Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

The Price of Colour February 24, 2009

Starter KitIt’s time for an admission. I have a small addiction. One that I’d like to share with you. I’m not proud of it you understand. No no. But it does come in handy.

I keep count of EVERYTHING I spend on the garden.

Yes. I know. I shouldn’t. The cost isn’t important is it? What’s that about the price of everything and value of nothing? Well, I hope there’s a balance that can be struck between those two.



Alyssum January 8, 2009

Filed under: Flower,Summer — northernwindowgardener @ 4:26 pm

Sweet AlyssumI had great hopes for the Alyssum planted in mid-summer. Everywhere you read about how easily it spreads and how simple it is to grow. Well apparently I can manage to make even the hardiest plant struggle.

Like a lot of the plants from that first attempt the Alyssum was both a hit and a miss. Four or five plants were put into three boxes that received a lot of early morning sun. The shortened time for them to establish themselves (they, along with the majority of other flowers, were planted in mid-June) must have had an effect as most of them failed to really get going.

The couple that did flowered well and did start to spread nicely which was the effect I was hoping for. So they are something I would consider again albeit they need to be planted earlier and given time to establish themselves.

Alyssum isn’t a showy plant and the small flowers aren’t going to be the centrepiece of any display. But as an accompaniment to larger and more vibrantly coloured flowers I’d hope it could do a good job and fill in the spaces.

Photo from bbum’s Flick photostream through Creative Commons licence.