Alpines, or succulents, must be some of the easiest and, most rewarding, plants to grow. In the patio area I have devoted one large bed and one small completely to alpines.
The popularity of alpine plants stemmed from the mountaineering Victorian middle classes. When in the Alps, enthusiasts began to bring these small hardy plants back to the UK.
I love the quirky appearance of some of my alpines. Though not always traditionally pretty they have an interesting alien-like quality, particularly when they sprout flowers. I can imagine plants like these on Mars or, some far off planet.
I wrote a blog called Gutsy Geraniums some time ago and was surprised by how often the particular article was viewed. This year I’ve planted more geraniums around the beds near to the house. They are are a beautiful, vibrant red. In the cottage garden border Roxanne geraniums form a clump of delicate violet flowers.
We hope to acquire tomatoes at some point over the Summer. My father-in-law visited us recently with a plant for each of the three children. He instructed them to water their plant daily (hasn’t quite happened) and see whose produces the most fruit. We wait in great anticipation…
I stocked up on bedding plants this Summer, helping out our local Scout group at the same time. The Cottage Garden Border would look fairly bare without some flowers to brighten it up and the begonias do a good job.
A while back I posted a blog titled Everything Is Broken. My large alpine bed was looking a tad sorry for itself and I was feeling fed up about it. I’m pleased to say, the new alpines I added have thrived and there is so much now that is pleasing to the eye. The original plants which had survived are also flowering (see below). I love the dramatic shapes and quirkiness of alpines.