Starting up…

It’s been a lovely warm and sunny day!  Such a shame to be at work, sitting in an office working at a PC.

However – when I came home I had two packets full of growing potential lying on the doormat.  SEEDS!  Mine were mail order from Dobies of Devon and Sarah Raven’s Kitchen Garden.

Before I opened the envelopes I went outside to see what was ‘happening’ in the garden.  Very pleased to see that my crocus bulbs have flowered – dark purple, light purple, white, yellow and a lovely white and purple.  A really good start to the ‘wild’ part of the grass.

Crocus flowers in the grass white and purple crocus flowers

Also there were crocus flowers at the edge of the slate path right next to the raised beds.  Surprisingly these are on the north facing side of the garden.  They look bright and cheerful and really brighten things up.

crocus flowers growing at the edge of the path

Back indoors to look at the seeds!

Packets are rather large… how many have I ordered….?  Also how and where am I going to sow them!  At least some of them can be sown directly outside, probably in May.

I have:

  • Aquilegia Lime Sorbet
  • Agastache Liquorice Blue
  • Beetroot Boltardy
  • Beetroot Burpee’s Golden
  • Basil Gecofure
  • Coriander Calypso
  • Cosmos bipinnatus Purity
  • Cosmos dark mix
  • Delphinium best blues
  • Erigeron Profusion
  • Lettuce green oak leaf
  • Leaf beet Bright Lights
  • Lobelia Mrs Cilbran
  • Limnanthes Douglasii
  • Nicotiana sylvestris
  • Nicotiana Lime Green
  • Nigella papillosa African Bride
  • Night Phlox
  • Summer salad leaf mix
  • Salvia virdis Blue Clary
  • Tomato Maskotka
  • Tomato Lizzano F1
  • Verbena bonariensis

Spring – I’m ready whenever it arrives!

Enjoy your seed ordering / sowing / planting / planning!

Showers and new shoots

winter sun shining through bambooIt isn’t easy to get out in the garden at the moment…

The showers are blowing along quickly and everywhere is so wet.  The low sunlight through the black bamboo does look lovely though.

Its not a good idea to walk on clay soil (which is heavy enough anyway) so to get to the ‘wild’ corner and the pond I walk across the grass and just stick to the stepping stone path.

clump of snowdrops

I’ve seen spring flowers in other people’s gardens but only have one small clump of snowdrops here.  Perhaps I need to split the clump up after they have flowered…?

Last year I had some double flowers in the front garden but there is no sign of them at all at the moment…

I have some green shoots that may be grape hyacinths but no sign of flowers to give me a clue.  I really should have put some plant labels in the ground rather than trying to remember where the bulbs are.

I have a small success through!  I planted bulbs in the ‘wild’ part of the grass and today noticed that the spring crocus is about to flower!  So far I have four flowers (not a great show, I know) and checking back in my scrapbook I see that I bought 35  ‘snow crocus’ bulbs which are a mixture of  purple, light purple, yellow and white.  So far, my 4 flowers are purple but I’m quite happy that they have grown!

purple crocus in grassThe picture isn’t the most exciting but I think it is a good start to the ‘wild’ patch in the garden.

I also have other bulbs shooting up, these are the alliums that I planted last autumn.  I’m rather confused by this, it is far too early in the year for these isn’t it?

Such strange weather!

Anyway, my next ‘task’ is to choose what veg seeds to buy.  Just the thing to do on a grey, wet, windy day…