The greenhouse is overflowing with seedlings! They need to grow a little more, so that I can begin planting them out. I am already hardening-off some of the plants; this is more to acclimatise them to the strong sun than the cold nights as temperatures aren’t falling below 9 or 10°C.
The large cut flower bed in the vegetable garden has been weeded (well almost), I’ll finish it tomorrow.
I’m hoping to see new growth of the Dahlias that are planted with the daffodils on the right. Three Leonotis leonurus are shooting from the woody base of the plants; winter was very mild this year.
I have a lot of well rooted cuttings waiting to be planted out to add to these.
The left side was planted with Dahlias yesterday. I need to put the stakes up soon, before they grow too much.
I’ve planted the following varieties: Dahlia Le Baron, D. Purple Gem, D. Nuit d’Ete, D. Art Deco, D. Color Spectacle, D. Orange Nugget and a pack of mixed tall dahlias is shades of purple to mauve. Hopefully this will give me some rich purples and oranges to create some intensely coloured vases.
Have you started planting out your cut flowers yet? Do you have dedicated beds for cut flowers or are you happy to pick from the borders?