Here comes the sun and I’m loving it! I have spent quite a lot of time in the garden recently, things are warming up so I wanted to get ahead on the flower beds and get some seeds in to germinate. I have a raised beds, no dig system so all I have to do is make sure any roots from last year are removed and pull out any weeds. Quite a few of the Hardy Annuals self seed so it’s worth leaving any seedlings in and seeing what they start to turn into before removing them.
So, already germinating in the kitchen are Cleome seeds (Violate Queen) that were planted last month, they are for the flower borders and are well on their way, they should help fill the huge gap I had last year towards the end of summer, I have also germinated Schizanthus ‘Dr Bager’ and I think some Malope Trifida seeds that have no label. Didiscus ‘Blue Lace‘ & Rudbeckia ‘Cappuccino‘ are in the greenhouse under a fancy new cloche I bought with cardboard underneath. I bought these as a pack of 3 from Crocus and they are a bit of a nightmare to put together, I had help from Mr C, if having a 2 year old stealing your screws as you need them can be called help. It’s really early to be attempting to germinate seeds in an unheated greenhouse be we are forecast such a warm week and with the cloche I hope to get some results.
Also in the greenhouse under the cloche I have planted for the cutting beds:
Helianthus/Sunflower) ‘Chianti‘ x 8
…that’s it. Hummm, I was expecting to write a nice list but that really is it. I put Calendula Officianlis/French Marigold ‘Indian Prince’ direct into the ground also under a cloche and I plan to sow Salvia Horminum ‘Blue Clary’ (which usually self seeds but I can’t see any this year), Tithonia Rotundiflora/Mexican Sunflower ‘Torch‘ for a possible gap where I should be putting Scabiosa (I have no seed and it should be germinating now) and Bupleurum for use as foliage, all in pots for transplant outside later.
There isn’t a lot for picking in the garden, only some Hellabores (Argifolius and some rather pretty Orientalis) but I am very excited to see all the Spring bulbs peeking out of the soil and can’t wait for their colourful displays, for the meantime I am happy to look at the Aricula that have survived a winter of neglect in the greenhouse and are now flowering indoors after a feed and a clean up.