Linaria “Fairy Bouquet” – Toadflax

This is Linaria “Fairy Bouquet”.  We warmed to the linaria species when we saw it growing in the meadow at Marwood Hill Gardens.  It looked splendid amongst the cornflowers and we were inspired to find a place for it at Cliffe.  I am very pleased we did.  We grow it from seed and in the same manner as lobelia we pick out small clumps of the tiny seedlings into modules.  This gives the impression on the fully grown plants of mixed flower colour .  When it has become leggy and tired looking (about now) it gets a radical short back and sides, a feed and it will grow back to its former glory, well almost.  I tried to cut it back for a second time last year but that was just greedy, it was having none of it.  It is also appearing quite literally all around the garden in a mass of seedlings, amusing at the moment but with the potential to be irritating in the future.  We shall see.

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