April 2017

April 2017

We have had some great weather this April, the temperature here in the south west reached the dizzy heights of 20 degrees C at the beginning of the month! It didn’t last long but long enough to super charge all the little seedlings into putting on a growing spurt. It wasn’t long before the Cornflowers, Paeony Poppies, Golden West Poppies and the Calendula were ready to plant our into the cutting patch.

The Wall Flowers at their best

The Wall Flowers at their best

Seedlings are in the cutting patch - April 2017

Seedlings are in the cutting patch – April 2017

The Scabiosa, Bupleurum and Larkspur were all ready for potting on and will be ready for planting out in the next few weeks and all the other little seedlings will be ready for potting on this weekend. The big problem will be where to keep them all as not all are frost hardy and we have been having some pretty cold nights, with more cold weather forecast for next week. So as we are not out of the woods yet with nighttime frosts there could be a problem with where to keep all these seedlings! As soon as the danger of night time frosts is over (traditionally mid May) then we will be able to plant out all the tender annuals into the cutting patch and into tubs as well.

Larkspur and Calendula seedlings ready for planting out soon

Larkspur and Calendula seedlings ready for planting out soon

Lots has been happening with the biennials as well, the Honesty (Lunaria Biennis) has all burst into flower, but pretty as they are its not the flowers that I am after but the beautiful disk like silvery seed pods that form after flowering which are great for flower arranging. They attract lots of lovely pollinators as do the Wallflowers which are still looking beautiful and the Lilac tree is also beginning to flower so lots to keep the bees and butterflies very happy.

Honesty (Lunaria Biennis) in full flower

Honesty (Lunaria Biennis) in full flower