January & February 2016
With spring just around the corner, hopefully, and with the garden waking up, I find that I cannot keep away from my seed collection any longer. And so it is that time again, time to start thinking and planning for another summer of fun in the garden and in the cutting patch. This will now be my third year of growing a cutting patch, to have more flowers to fill the house with vibrant colours and heady fragrances. This year’s cutting patch will be bigger and better than last year. My husband also enjoys growing flowers as much as he enjoys growing vegetables and has been responsible for all the wonderful sweet peas we have had every year. We already have sweet pea seedlings on the window sill in our porch!
These sweet peas – Singing the Blues, Erewhon and Summer Sizzler were planted back in October 2015 and have been surviving quite happily on the front porch window sill throughout the winter months and we have pinched out the tips to encourage them to bush out a bit.
The weekend of the 20th and 21st February was a seed planting weekend despite the freezing cold wind. This year we decided not to plant the seeds into little cells as last year they grew so quickly and it seemed like we were potting them on in no time at all. So this year we have planted the seeds straight into little square plastic pots, 9cm x 9cm.
We have planted poppies – Iceland Mixed, three different sweet peas – Beaujolais, Frill & Blushes and Skylark, three different cornflowers – Tall Mixed, Blue Ball and Double Black, three different sunflowers – Red Sun, Copper Queen and Solar Panel, three different calendula – Neon, Indian Prince and Art Shades and four different nasturtiums – Mahogany, Summer Carousel, Alaska Mixed and Prince Charming.
We put all the little pots onto trays and covered with plastic propagator lids and had them on the window sills all over the house and had germination within the first week, by Monday the 29th February they were growing so fast we were moving them down to the porch! Our two cold frames are still full of perennials from last year but as soon as we can move them out, then the new seedlings can go in and we can get planting another lot of seeds! It just shows what you can do with limited space available and without a greenhouse!