I have spent most of my spare time this weekend in the garden, the weather is glorious and we are all soaking up the sunshine, whilst it lasts. I’ve mostly been power-hosing down the wood; the garden table and chairs, staging from the greenhouse and decking, in preparation of a good feed with oil. Although I find the miracle of watching the nasty green sludge disappear (it is so satisfying) my back now hurts and I’m not overly excited about hours of painting on oil, but it does (desperately) need doing.
As a reward, I planted up one of the raised beds with flowers for cutting. I’ve missed having cut flower beds this past year, so I’m really excited about making space for them again. I’m trying, for the moment, to use up any seed I have left as most is really very old now and bearing this in mind, I’ve been very generous with how much I’ve put in, often tipping all the remaining seed into the soil.
I’ve given a whole bed up at the moment (I will probably add a second) and it contains:
- Antirrhinum/Snapdragon – whatever was growing in my greenhouse floor that I transplanted!
- Calendula Officinalis/Marigold – Indian Prince
- Nigella Damascena/Love-in-a-mist – Deep Blue
- Nigella Hispanica/Love-in-a-mist
- Tithonia Rotundifolia/Mexican Sunflower
- Salvia Viridis – Blue Clary
- Moluccella Laevis/Bells of Ireland
- Zinnia – Sprite
So in photos ( all taken from big seed sellers like Thompson & Morgan, sites like BBC Gardening, or they are my own photos……it’s so insanely hard to find images on-line I feel comfortable using!! I must make a mental note to do some simple photos of the flower blooms this year, especially for this purpose):
All the seeds sown today are now watered in and have cloches on top to keep the soil nice and warm. The forecast is promising, but I might still be a little keen considering how cold is has been recently, I guess time will tell.
There is more to add, I have Ammi Majus and Dill to grow next to my peas in a vegetable bed and I’d like to squeeze in some Cleome, some Centaurea Cyanus/Cornflower and I HAVE to find space for the hefty collection of Cosmos seeds that I have.
Apologies if I mix up common and latin names, I am a bit rubbish in this area, in that I just know what I call them and it could be either so you get what you get I’m afraid. Also, I can’t spell, but you probably know that by now 🙂