There have been so many things in the garden to write about and enjoy that I haven’t had time to update you on progress in the cuttings bed and greenhouse.
There is now some colour in the cuttings bed (not much, but this is a beginning!). The first of the sunflowers that I sowed on the first of February has opened its buds and it is covered in flowers, several large heads at the top and maybe another 8 or 10 down the stem. I’ve just sown some more sunflowers which have already germinated so I’ll have some more plants to replace the 4 that are all have large promising buds.
Today I planted out some of the plants from the greenhouse; the bed appears to be nearly full already and there are other seedlings waiting their turn to be planted out – what am I going to do?
This is what is now in the bed:
Echinacea pallida, Cosmos Orange Phoenix, Sun Flowers Van Gogh Mix, Lysimacchia ephemerum (the seed very kindly sent to me by Pauline from Lead me up the Garden Path, thank you so much Pauline), Gerberas (bought plants), Knautia (divided from plants already in the garden, a Butterfly mix, cornflowers, pink shades of Cosmos, Dalia single mix and some D. Bishop of Dover which I’ve had planted in the garden but they will flower better here with regular irrigation and some Asters including Monch which again I hope will flower better here with regular irrigation and so provide flowers during September.
The leaf damage is due to the hail on Easter Saturday.
In the greenhouse the shade netting is covering most of the space now and I am leaving the door open most nights, the temperatures fall to about 10°C at night and rise to about 35°C during the day; that’s actually cooler in the day than it was in April so something strange is going on.
All the tomatoes have been planted out and those in the greenhouse have one or two trusses!
You can see there are two of the tray stands outside the greenhouse, this is a good place as it gets very little direct sun but there is plenty of light.
I have begun taking cuttings of Teucrium, Sedum, Senecio (from my MIL’s garden) and some fine leafed salvia that I would like to grow on the slope as well as in the vegetable garden.
I will be taking a lot more cuttings this year especially from the Cistus.
What’s happening in your greenhouse at the moment, are you running out of space? If you have a cutting bed or garden I would love to hear about that, I need to learn what you grow, how long from seed sowing to picking the flowers. Has anyone grown ‘Bells of Ireland’, the germination rate has been terrible – is it just me?