Seedlings and seeds

box of plantsParcels from the postman are always exciting and rarely for me, but the very best ones are plants. I ordered some seedlings from Sarah Raven, for my front garden mix of purple, acid green and orange annuals. I am growing most from seed but have ordered some ready to go plants too. plantsThese lovelies arrived yesterday, quickly potted on, they already look very pleased with themselves and are enjoying the sun.plug plant

and my Cornflowers are up!

cornflower seeds

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Sowing some seeds

grahamI love spring, the planning and planting for the coming months is probably when I enjoy gardening the most. With the weather warming nicely, I am itching to start gardening again.
Last year I found the garden a bit of a chore to be honest, the local cats constantly making a mess of my flower and vegetable garden was very disheartening. Anyway, this year I am fresh with renewed enthusiasm and lots of seeds, thank you Higgledy Garden.seedsbox of seeds I have always grown a mix of edible, bee friendly flowers and vegetables together in an cottage garden style. This year my plan is to grow mainly cutting flowers, still bee friendly of course. There is every chance I will add some salad and veg in places, but for now my plan is this….
My raised bed at the bottom of the garden will have both hardy and half hardy annuals in a mix of colours.
The front garden will be a mix of lavender and annuals with a colour palette of purple, acid green and orange.
The main garden will be a mixture, not quite sure yet, this is definitely a work in progress.
So this week I started off some of the hardy annual seeds in my greenhouse.
I love to use coloured plant labels, it really helps me when planting out to know what needs to go where. They can be used year after year so well worth buying. Sarah Raven  stocks them.
coloured labelsI prefer to start my seeds in pots rather than sowing directly in the beds,mainly because of my furry digging friends, slugs and snails.plant potsplanted pots
Now I need more compost.

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Ooh my back….

It has been awhile since my last post apologies etc… the garden has been my main focus over the last couple of months. So not just an edible garden this year but also lots of flowers good for cutting and full of scent hopefully. It has been a challenge this spring and early summer, the weather has been to say the least unpredictable. Hot days in March, hosepipe ban followed by lots and lots  of rain after I bought the much needed water butt. Another super hot week then cold wet May into June the seeds were planted and heaps for plants purchased (pretty much every time I went shopping I came home with something!) and now just need them to grow together in three weeks….. fingers crossed.

phew it is hot in the greenhouse…

I have so many tomato plants I am having to give them away. All seeds grew so 70 spare plants…madness.

Yesterday, I was busy digging borders ready for planting, I was suffering last night with a sore back. I have more raised-bed making stuff on order plus a ton of gravel for making the walkways.

I have been very slack at updating with pictures, I am sorry and will take some snaps asap.

Purple Sprouting Broccoli  actually looking purple and sprouty which is nice, peas and mange tout are planted out in the 1st raised bed and have a very special scarecrow watching over them (picture to follow).

Gnome in the Greenhouse