Wednesday, 18 April 2012

End of Winter

I always think winter is on its way out when I see the first Housemartin and I did just that yesterday.Its actually our neighbours,they have 2 nests right next to each other on a window!!! Ours are on the edge of the house so I am waiting to see there safe return.
When hubby went to work this morning he said you wont be doing much in the garden today-thankgoodness,I had so much to do in the greenhouse.
I actually managed to transplant my Cosmos 'pink dazzler' and 'psyche mixed' along with the Nicotiana 'lime green'.Then as the weather was still not improving I went on to sow my Squash and Courgette(saved seed from last year),
Helichrysum,Silene,Nemesia,Verbena bonariensis,Borlotti and Dwarf beans,Mangetout,Ixia,Allium and Chasmanthe bulbs
I find this time of year pretty much like a production line,as soon as there is a space anywhere it soon gets filled.
The one downside is the taking in and out of the seedlings as I  dare not leave them outside overnight just yet.I still had time to admire these as I walked past the front when walking the dog.The Peony x mascula sub tritanata is set off lovely with the Artemesia ludoviana 'Silver Queen' and the Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant'
All in all a good day considering !!!!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Treasure

I love this time of year-actually I dont think there s any time of year I dont like!!!!! but I just love going into the greenhouse each day to see which seeds have decided to push there way up and all from that tiny little seed you have planted-or not so tiny in some cases!!!
A very good friend of mine who is also is a keen gardener has a habit of going away and bringing bits of plant or seed back with her,saving some of these treasures for herself and then giving me a little bit of treasure too.
Now last year she went to the Seychelles and came back with her normal treasure-I tried sowing some seed in the autumn-nothing.I then put some of the seed in the propagator to see if any would come up with a bit of heat.I have been away for the weekend-dived into the greenhouse last night,lifted the lid of the propagator and was as pleased as punch-ok lots of seed have come up that I expected but there at the back was a pot labelled Seychelles shrub? -this is because she gets so carried away-dont all gardeners? and doesnt always remember which seeds have come off which planted.So IT will remain a mystery until it grows some more
Another plant I have grown from seeds has is also giving me so much pleasure at the moment-or should I say keeping me in suspense!I got some Albuca nelsonii seed from the Malvern show I think about 3 years ago,they were from Hillview Hardy Plants and have a lovely description
It has fleshy succulent leaves growing to 90cm tall.The ivory tubular flowers with a green rib are produced on a tall spike at 120-150cm tall in June/July.They have a strong almond scent.
Well I put some in the garden some in pots and gave some away.All dies but for 2 I put in a pot-I have taken it into the greenhouse over the last couple of winters,but this year the leaves went really thick.Then over the last couple of weeks these wonderful spikes have appeared-we are not completley there yet but I will keep you posted