It’s lovely to see seedlings coming up, isn’t it? Went to check on the little things after several days of cold wet weather.
The sweet peas are doing well! They were stunted for a couple of weeks, but I tied them to the frame and now they seem to be finding their way up.
Similarly, the strawberries (pictured above) look healthy. I think I need to start thinking about laying some hay and find some sort of netting for the plants that I have further up the garden. Don’t want those pesky birds to steal any! I already get them bird food.
Got some dahlia tubers from Sarah Raven. The varieties are Gerry Hoek and Jowey Mirella. I was tempted to get a third one, but thought I would see how I go with these two and maybe invest in another next year.
This is what my flower patch looks like at the moment. I have some strawberries growing, which will hopefully get some protection from the birds when the flowers grow taller. I also have some heather, but it’s not working too well for me… Not sure what I am doing wrong there. Stalker Cat likes to rub her face in it…
I divided the plot into lines and sowed a mix of seeds in there. They are all starting to come up now, but I am actually thinking whether it would be best if I had just let them fall wherever and raked over. I might just do that for next time.
n the greenhouse I have some seedlings growing as well. I have some courgettes that are my fallback should the direct sowing fail. I’ll let these grow a little more and then I’ll have a look in the garden, see where I can plant them out. I might actually use the “wild part” at the back of the garden! We’ll see.
I also sowed 3 sunflower seeds that have just started sprouting. I sowed three directly, but it’s a no-show at the moment. You can see 2 huge seedlings in the small terracotta pots, the 3rd one is about to break the soil level, I checked today! The other two pots contain kale and some recovering winter pansies.
I’m so happy with these 4 pepper plants!They are looking nice and healthy and can’t wait to start seeing little peppers growing! Peppers are easily the vegetable we eat most of. It’s ironic because I hated pepper as a child, I didn’t want to go anywhere near it. However, the boyfriend is a fan of pepper, and is one of the few veg he will eat so I caved and I am so glad I did! So tasty.
The rudbeckias are looking good! the dianthus are also getting stronger after a leggy start. Will be potting them on shortly, to fewer seedlings per bigger pot. I am giving some to a friend in a couple of week.
I couldn’t end the blog entry without a word of warning. I underestimated the weather and assumed people exaggerated when they said we could still have frosts late April. I had these poor geraniums outside when the frost hit and this is the result. It does not all look like that, but I was sad to see the white specks 🙁 that’ll teach me to listen to other people. Happy gardening!