The first week of April has been a little bit warmer than the last week of March but still nowhere near as warm as this time last year. We have planted out some of the Sweet Peas but are still holding off directly sowing seeds into the ground until next weekend.
This week we have potted on all the Cosmos seedlings into fibre pots and also planted another three cell trays with more Cosmos seeds, potentially another 180 plants if they all germinate! We have also planted more Calendula, this time Indian Prince and more Sunflowers seeds, Vanilla Ice, Pacino which is a short sunflower and more Garden Statement. We have also planted more Sweet Pea seeds, Kingfisher, Skylark Mixed,Lilac Ripple and Singing the Blues. All in all this weekend we have planted approximately 300 seeds!
The Cornflowers, both Black Ball and Blue Ball, Malope, Salvia and Ammi Majus seeds planted last week have all germinated. The Calendula White Princess and Daisy Mixed and the Nasturtiums have also germinated and the Sunflowers Garden Statement. The Sweet Peas planted last month have germinated although with some of them the germination has been poor.
14th April. This Saturday has been the first really warm day of the year so far and we have been out in the garden sowing the first batch of flower seed directly into the cutting garden. We have planted Ammi Majus, Ammi Visnage, Nigella Oxford Blue and Persian Jewel and Cornflowers Black Ball and Blue Ball.
The Ammi seeds are really tiny and so we sowed them with just a few millimeters of sieved seed compost covering them. We then covered all the lines of seed with netting cloches to stop them being washed away by the next lot of rain due in the next day.
We have also sown the same seeds into cell trays as a backup in case the flowers sown directly into the soil don’t germinate. We have also planted three fennel plants; the fennel is going to be the foliage for the table centers for the wedding.
All the Cosmos seed that we planted last weekend have germinated and are thriving on our window sill. We are going to have a lot of Cosmos plants this summer!