Well hopefully the last of the predicted cold nights is over! It has been a week of little sun, many showers and lots of strong winds.
Last week I decided that many of the new seedlings would be better planted into their final positions than be left to dry out in the wind in their modules.
Into the bed where I had already planted the new Dahlias (which are already coming through), I added 4 plants of Tithonia. This bed will be a blaze of orange and purple so I’m hoping to produce some stunning vases.
The bed is about 1.2 metres wide and has 5 rows of porous hose for irrigation.
In this bed are:
Cleome sown 14/01/2016
Giant White Antirrhinum sown 14/01/2016
Antirrhinum Crimson sown 14/01/2016
Ami Visnager sown 23/01/2016
Ami majus sown 14/01/2016
Daucus carota ‘Black Knight’ sown 25/01/2016 and 22/02/2016 I sowed a second batch as the first germinated patchily; interestingly those sown second have caught up and if anything are better plants.
Larkspur Blue sown 4/02/2016
Larkspur White sown 4/02/2016. The seed of the larkspur was stored in the fridge for 3 weeks before sowing but germination didn’t take place until the seed trays had been in the propagator 3 weeks and then moved out into the cold. they then germinated almost straight away.
On the other side of the path are Bells of Ireland sown 22/2/2016
In the vegetable garden the bed containing Sweet William (Dianthus barbata) I’ve planted out the Helichysum to dry as flowers for a swag at Christmas. My plants for a larger range of dried flowers was thwarted when my order to Chiltern seeds failed.
If I do leave them I think I should thin them out as they are very squashed together. Do you ever leave biennials for more than their second year?