Saturday 27 January 2018

Feeling seedy

I'm feeling rather seedy. No, not that type of seedy. The growing seeds type of seedy. This week the seeds I ordered from the annual Hardy Plant Society (HPS) Seed Distribution Scheme, arrived. As a member, for only £5 (to cover the costs of postage and admin), I can order 20 packets of seeds. You can see the different types of seeds I ordered above.

I looked each variety up so I had the correct growing information and collated all of this into a document, along with a picture (where I could find them) so it will be easier for me to identify. Yes, I'm that nerdy. 

From finding out this information, I discovered that I needed to sow all the Allium seeds immediately. So I also made up labels for them.

It was then seed sowing time. They need light to germinate, so I didn't cover the seeds with anything. I felt like I should have done so, as you do that with most seeds. But HPS said you don't, so I have followed their advice.

And because they need cold to help them germinate, I've put them on a display shelf in the garden. The ground staples (the silver prongs) are there to stop the pigeons from getting in there an digging up the seed. Yes, they do that, and I've found this is effective in stopping them. Once the plants get to a certain size, I can remove the staples.

The rest of my seeds are to be sown in Spring. 


Monday 8 January 2018


Midwinter, clear blue skies, sunny, freezing. A very hard frost last night and it's still -1 at midday. I took a short walk around the garden and photographed a few plants in their frozen state. Winter has it's own beauty that, to me, is just as fabulous as a floriferous mid summers day.

Cyclamen hederifolium

Saxifraga hirsuta leaves

Sarcococca confusa

Primula veris leaves

X Heucherella 'Tapestry' leaves

Verbena bonariensis seed head

Erysimum 'Bowles's Mauve', flowering, it seems, all year around.