Blimey. A spot of sunshine, a few crocuses showing off (like this one)
and suddenly it feels like the race is on and I’m still behind the bike shed having a smoke. Must get on. Or as Bernard Cribbens in ‘The Railway Children’ would have it, “Perks must be about it.” Seeds to sow, young oak trees still to transplant and a couple of trees to fell, a little more pruning to complete, a bit of herbaceous digging up and re-siting, an ancient dogwood to tame and loads more scratching my chin whilst doing hard thinking. The latter is especially difficult. Not panicking though. “Eeek!” Well, a little bit.
|I generally don’t do hard thinking. Gives me nosebleeds.|
My latest seed order has arrived, so what with that and that which lies within my special magical boxes, I possess mysteries and treasures of which you can but dream.
|An innocuous looking black box (excellent book by the way)|
|But open it and ooooh, ahhhhh such potential prettiness|
I’ve already sown some seeds. Four plug trays of a wildflower mix. I won’t bother potting these on; just plant straight out into in the meadow when they’re big enough.
I’ve also sown white foxgloves into a seed tray. These will be pricked out and potted on in time. Tomatoes and aubergines are done and in the next few days, I will sow chilli and sweet peppers too. The latter, which I’d never grown before, were a great success last year as were the aubergines, again a first for me. The chilli’s however were a great disappointment. They were a variety called Hot Portugal but weren’t. No heat at all. (Though they possibly did come from Portugal). Rubbish. So I shall try another variety this year called Fiesta. (Needless to say that the greenhouse is heated).
I’ve also sown all the remaining seeds I had of Echinacea paradoxa. I grew perhaps a dozen of these last year having been smitten by the photo in the seed catalogue. They didn’t flower but (after a stern talking to), I’m sure they’re going to put on a good show this year.
The Priory is going a little tropical this year (hoorah), hence the cannas and ginger lily in the photo. I shall use my own (personal) collection of dahlias and bananas too. The only problem is I haven’t yet decided where this pocket of lush, Amazonia is going to be ……. Exciting though, huh?
I liked that trick with the opening of the seed box so ……
|Bit of a hint with this box|
|These are my veg seeds. OK, OK – enough with the seed boxes now.|