Take these lillies for example. A couple of weeks ago they will have probably cost in the region of £6-£7. But since they no longer have any flowers, no-one wants to buy them....except me, for just 90 pence!! One very happy Rambling Rose! These hardy beauties, while not scented, will more than make up for it with colour, and have been planted into my front border to settle in for next year's display.
The more observant ones out there will notice that not only does the lower photo show tiny bulbils growing around the stem, but the top photo shows bulbils growing the in the leaf axils. I shall let these grow on and eventually they will begin to produce their own life support system in the form of roots. I'll then remove them and pot them on. It should take around two to three years to mature to a size large enough to flower. This will be the first time I have actually tried this, so watch this space.
Other plants I found in the bargain bin included this salvia. The Man that Can spotted a similar plant while at the Botanical Gardens, and mentioned how much he liked it. It therefore seemed an obvious addition to the madness that is our front border.
Do you recall the pretty blue-flowered hebe set for a starring role in the island bed? Well The Man that Can got his grafting boots on and it was planted after the large older white-flowered hebe was rudely wrenched from it's bed, and replanted into the space the Phormium vacated after the hard winter.
It looks rather lost beside the juniper, but it'll soon fill out.
Staying in the front border, I just had to show you the vivid red Crocosmia. They really stand out with the privet hedge backdrop.
A general view of the border
I cannot leave the front garden without showing off the towering Verbena Bonariensis with it's spindly stems and fat purple heads, they appear to float above the flowerbed. They're a big hit with the bees and butterflies.