The first weekend of May 2018 will be a memorable one for everyone as we all basked in a wonderful warm wave of heat over the May bank holiday weekend. This lovely warm weather combined with the heatwave during the third weekend of April has really kick started the growing season. My story of a small garden flower cutting patch is rapidly becoming a story of the walled garden, a magical place shared by the residents of our unique little corner of the West Country.
Our Cosmos plants from the first batch, now getting strong and tall have all been planted out into the flower beds in the walled garden and the plants from the second batch have grown so fast that they have been planted straight from the seed trays into tubs on our patio.
The little seedlings, Ammi Majus, Ammi Visnage, Cornflowers and Nigella were potted on at the beginning of May and have already tripled in size and will be ready to plant out in the cutting patch next weekend. I know that a lot of people say that Ammi and Nigella don’t like being moved so we shall see; it’s all a big learning curve! But just in case, I also planted seed direct into the ground last month which has all germinated well. I have also planted three rows of Gypsophila seed direct into the ground. I hope the night time frosts are now over as these are not frost hardy at all.
We are growing all these flowers for our son’s wedding later in the year and as the weather is so unreliable and we don’t really know what will be ready in time we have planted several batches at three week intervals and hope that some or all will be ready in time!
All the Sweet Peas have now been planted and so have most of the Calendula and California Poppies. The Sunflowers are ready to be planted out next week and the Dahlias will soon be ready to be moved from pots into the ground. It is all beginning to come together!
Last year in June our magnificent Delphiniums and Lupins were completely destroyed in one day by a terrible storm. The wind and rain demolished them all and left us with a ruined mass of mangled and broken plants despite us having staking them really well. So we have moved them all from the cutting patch into a sheltered corner of the walled garden in the hope that this year they will be protected from any harsh weather.
One week on and with the weather staying fine everything is growing beautifully. The Lupins which we moved out of the cutting garden into a more sheltered part of the walled garden are starting to flower so that was a successful move; we have also planted out all the tall sunflower plants.
All the Ammi Majus, Ammi Visnage, Cornflower, Nigella and Salvia seedlings have been planted out into the cutting garden in groups as they are the flowers that we hope will be ready to use for the wedding.
Our three rows of Gypsophila seeds have all germinated and the Ammi Majus, Ammi Visnage, Cornflowers and Nigella seeds that we planted direct into the ground are growing really well and will soon need thinning out.