by Wendy Syddall
In my blog I tend to focus on the positives in my garden and what I have grown successfully, you would be excuses therefore for thinking everything I grow turns out well. However, you’d actually be wrong. I have been trying to grow echinacea, also known on coneflower for a number of years and have killed 11 or 12. They just don’t appear to want to grow a second year and when they do they don’t flower again. I have been successful with one, but the garden was built over and I moved the plant and yes it died. I’ve tried yellow, pink, orange, white, a two toned one, one in a pot (it got eaten before I planted it). You might think I should give up, but I love the plant and it goes well with my attempt at growing a cottage garden. So I have a new one (see below), I’ve done a little research, it likes a sunny position in nice soil and some space around it. I’ve put slug pellets down (please don’t shout if you like slugs, I don’t want my plants eating) and given it a support to grow up. I’ll let you know how I get on.