Flower Planting Lists 2014

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I took the boys geocaching in our local woods today, it’s a new ‘hobby’ for us and I am hoping it’ll get them outdoors with more enthusiasm.  That and I’m clearly a geek and like this kind of thing.

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They do make me laugh, they know photos on the phone get ‘auto’ enhanced, often being but into a motion sequence and C has taken to doing funny poses just for this purpose, I’m not sure if it’ll work in a blog post, but I do hope so.ryarsh wood flowers

The flowers are out in full force, it looks really nice and it reminded me that I have never posted my list for flower planting this year, so here it is 🙂

February

Cleome Violet Queen H-H Annual

March-April

Amaranthus Caudatus/Love-lies-bleeding Viridis H-H Annual

Salvia Patens/Sage H-H Annual

Schizanthus/Butterfly Plant Dr Badger H-H Annual

Antirrhinum/Snapdragon Liberty Classic Crimson H-H Annual

Aster Matsumoto Crimson & Matsumoto Blue H-H Annual

Didiscus Blue Lace H-H Annual

Tithonia Rotundiflora/Mexican Sunflower H-H Annual

Zinnia Sprite H-H Annual

Cosmos Versailles Tetra, Antiquity, Purity & Dazzler H-H Annual

Molucella Laevis/Bells Of Ireland H-H Annual

Nicotiana Alata/Tabacco Plant Lime Green H-H Annual

Physalis Alkelengi/Chinese Lanterns Perennial

Tragopogan Crocifolius/Salsify Perennial

Agapanthus/African Lily Dark Blue Perennial

Cerinthe Major/Honeywort HA

Nigella Damascena/Love-In-The-Mist HA

Ammi Majus/Bishop’s Flower HA

Euphorbia Oblogata/Spurge HA

Briza Maxima/Greater Quaking Grass HA

Burpleurum/Thorowax HA

Salvia Horminum Blue Clary HA

Centaurea Cyanus/Cornflower HA

Calendula Officinalis/Marigold Art Shades & Indian Prince HA

Nigella Damascena/Love-In-The-Mist Deep Blus HA

September – October

Sweet Pea Painted Lady, Matucana, Midnight & Blue Velevet

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I’m not sure how many of the seeds will germinate, many of them are very old so I hope to finish them off and start fresh next year, but I figured if I make a list it’s more likely that I will at least try to remember to sow them!

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April Planting…

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This post started with the title ‘Early April Planting’ but I kept forgetting to publish it – sorry about that!

Moving on with the sowing  lists, as the weather is really quite agreeable I’ve started:

Cucumbers Burpless Tasty Green (I totally forgot to buy any other variety seed)

Courgettes Black Forest & Zephyr

Melon Edonis

Sweetcorn Lapwing

Squash Crown Prince, Sweet Dumpling, Gem/Rolet, Queensland Blue, Turks Turban, Hooligan & Barbara Butternut F1 

Peas Twinkle & Purple Mangetouts

Broad Beans Crimson Flowered

Beans Barlotti

I’ve had to reluctantly set mouse traps in the greenhouse.  I’ve tried the live and let live method but the little critters are taking over the veg patch and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to grow anything without them eating it (the Alpine strawberries) or stealing the seed (any kind of pea or bean), so I’m taking action.

I’ve also started some Thai Basil, Lemon Grass, Parcel, Mint and Coriander (the last two, using seed saved from last year), all in the greenhouse.

The wild garlic planted in giant pots is doing well, it has self seeded all over the floor so I’ve transplanted the seedlings into a pot and I hope to move the lot under the trees, where we recently removed the lower branches to open up the space and allow for a fence.  I already have some bluebells in there and would like to eventually add wood anemones.

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As it has taken me so long to actually publish this post, it’s now Easter morning (hence the cute guinea pig made by the fabulously talented ‘Miss Bumbles‘ at the top there).  Lucky me, I got a Heston Egg, and very nice it is too.  Sadly the sunshine we’ve been enjoying has given way to rain today, so my photos are shocking, it’s so very dark even up here in my studio (with its wall of glass).  I’ve promised the boys a (in house) egg hunt and then I’ll be cooking a big roast lunch, I should really get on with it!

Happy Easter 🙂

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