Look! OK, there’s nothing to look at. Never mind.
Yes, I have started sowing seeds. This time of year is testing for gardeners because we’ve spent all winter planning what we’re going to do and we can just TASTE THE SPRING in the air. But patience is a virtue and all that. Sowing too early can result in leggy seedlings and having crammed windowsills because it’s too cold for your plants to go out yet. So HOLD ON. There’s still plenty of time.
I’ve still got plenty of veg to go, but I have started a few things that need a bit more time or that can go out sooner than some of the more delicate plants.
I swear my window is cleaner than this. Something weird must have happened when I took the photo *cough*
First off was the Astrantia ‘Ruby Cloud’. Still not sure about this one. What I wanted was a red flower for cutting, but in some photos it looks more pink so I may end up giving it all away anyway. That has gone outside in my plastic growhouse. There were a few cells left in the plug tray so I bunged in a few Lavender of the ‘Munstead’ persuasion. These are going up on the allotment to tempt in the pollinators and also I will be cutting some for drying and stuffing into my children’s pillows so they will GO TO SLEEP.
Not sure if Lobelia seeds or…. dust?
Next, in the propagator went Lobelia seeds (mixed colours). At least I think they did, but they are too small to tell tbh. The Lobelia will be used to spruce up my front doorstep in the summer, along with something else in a pot. I don’t know yet.
Also I got around to sowing my chillies and peppers because Monty said so. The peppers are Cayenne and the peppers are… I dunno, they were free. So I don’t really care what they are. Last summer I had no luck with them at the allotment, but the year before I had a decent crop in my garden. This year they will be back in containers in my garden and hopefully there will be a bit more sun than there was last year.
I chucked some Cosmos ‘Purity’ in the last section of the propagator. I know 2016 is the year of the Cosmos and they are pretty and everything, but I just can’t get excited about them. But these were free so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Next up are the sweet peas! I always sow these in spring because I don’t have anywhere to overwinter them (the growhouse has to come down because it is so windy where we are). Also I am not sufficiently bothered about sweet peas to go to the effort of overwintering them. They’re OK, but I don’t get the obsession with them. The varieties are Promise, which I didn’t choose, and Heritage mix, which I didn’t choose. My enthusiasm is so catching, isn’t it?
Sweet peas- Promise and Heritage
Digger Jr Jr helped by writing labels. Last year I helped her spell them but this year I let her free-style. Can you figure them all out?
Thanks, Digger Jr Jr
I also took a cutting of this rose. It’s from one of the rescue roses that I picked up at the village carnival last year. There are two pink ones, Gaujard and Prima Ballerina, one white floribunda which is maybe an Iceberg but idk, and one other which didn’t flower so I have no idea. They are all still in pots and I don’t know which is which because I convinced myself that I would be able to remember and of course I bloody can’t. So anyway, I have these cuttings of a rose that I don’t know what it is and I don’t know if it will work, but what the hell. There was a bit sticking up that needed cutting off anyway.
So anyway, that was my week. I also did a lot of tidying in my garden ready to smarten up some of the borders, but I will save the before photos for when there is an after photo. Otherwise it’s just a photo of a messy, muddy border and that’s even worse than photos of empty-looking seed trays.