My sister sent me gardening stuff for Christmas! Along with a cool bug hotel, I got this:
Ah, she knows us too well! It’s a nice little kit with six types of seeds, biodegradable pots, plugs of soil, stakes for labelling, and a very nice, big pamphlet that not only tells you ideal planting advice but has drink recipes!
I planted everything but the strawberries on Sunday, as I have a different variety still going from last year and I don’t have much luck with them in any case.
I saved the last pot and plug for seeds that Kalamain from Kal’s Gardening sent me. Acer seeds! Hubby has wanted an acer for-ev-er. My first attempt at germination failed, but Kal sent extras so I’m trying again. He also sent me alliums and calendula ‘candyman yellow’ so I am trying those, too. Hubby loves yellow or orange flowers the best, so if I can grow him a maple tree and some yellow flowers, Kal will have made him a happy garden-observer!
All of them are in the heated propagator right now. I’m keeping a good eye on them, and the cinnamon basil is already sprouting. I also have bad luck with basil, so I’m 100% positive it is just the heat making it even think about living with me.
Himself bought me a bunch of hyacinth bulbs. I love to have them inside, as I adore their fragrance. Can’t do that, with kitten-features about the place. I was rushed to get them into the ground, so I stuck them wherever I could. I’m well pleased!
First one to show her face. I found her fallen over and staked her up, to no avail. Broken off at the stalk, this one is now fragancing my living room. If you look closely, there is another flower head coming up on the right, so all is not lost!
I’m feeling a bit sorry I didn’t put them in sunshiney places. This, and the next one, never see direct sun.
So lovely, aren’t they? And the scent is incredible. Hope I get some bees having a sip.
My new peony has survived! Not being sure how old she is, I don’t expect flowers this year. I could be surprised! It’s the first one I’ve ever grown.
Indoors, my gerbera daisy plants are soooo happy. As am I, to see these beauties every day.
Scottie – these are the ones I reccomend to bring some light and colour of life into your home. They are rather expensive to buy, for a plant, but if you grow from seed like I did, they are never ending beauty.
March…I always seem to feel seedy in March! Hopefully, soon I’ll feel seedlings instead!
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Hubby buys me gardening magazines because they come with free seed packets. He gets me about one a week. These are my prizes going only back to December:
Some of these are for seeding outdoors where you want them to grow. So no cineraria, lettuce, wallflower, cornflower or the big sunflower in the top row.
What I did start today:
Cherry tomato Lycopersicon lycopersicum
Morning glory ‘heavenly blue’ Ipomoea tricolor
Sunflower ‘sunburst mix’ Helianthus annus
Penstemon Penstemon hartwegii
Marigold ‘Kees Orange’ Tagetes erecta
Hollyhock ‘Good Golly Miss Holly’ (no botanical name given, but says it is a brand new hollyhock named by Garden News readers)
Sweet pea ‘old spice mix’ Lathyrus odoratus
And the one I’m going to try hardest to keep going – French lavender Lavandula stoechas.
Wish me luck!