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Sowing Seeds

April 9, 2013

DSCN1105 The hellebores are still the most interesting plants in the garden currently especially Helleborus ‘Black Diamond’ which has been flowering for weeks. It’s purple/near black with cream stamens and is doing well in partial shade.

DSCN1106 A huge bee emerged from the centre of this Helleborus argutifolius just before I snapped the camera. These have been in flower for ten weeks and provide a refreshing burst of green and cream to light up a shady area. DSCN1108 Two Osmanthus burkwoodii have come into flower next to the garden path. It’s a useful evergreen shrub for small gardens growing slowly to 2 metres tall and slightly less wide and it’s now smothered in heavily scented, small cream flowers.

Very little seems to be happening  even in the heated propagator where seeds sown two weeks ago are only just emerging.  I turned the heat off when we were away for four days since even with the vents closed and the build up of a good sauna the compost still tends to dry out.  And because I need to feel I am progressing the allotment I’ve sown today seeds of Blue Lake climbing beans, Sweetcorn ‘Sweet Bounty’, Borlotto rossa beans and Green Calabrese which will crop in autumn. These four trays I’ve placed in front of a light and sunny window where they can germinate slowly since it will be another six weeks before the seedlings can go in the ground.   I forgot to sow sweet peas so bought some highly scented white sweet pea seedlings and I also picked up two lots of living salad at the supermarket to transplant on the allotment. These did very well last year and I picked the outer leaves from two full rows most of the summer.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2013 5:38 pm

    I enjoyed your photos…thanks for sharing.

  2. April 9, 2013 6:59 pm

    Love the black hellebore – gorgeous. Our osmanthus is slowly recovering from a very drastic pruning last year and while it has plenty of leaves I suspect it may refuse to flower this year. I can’t say I blame it!

    • April 10, 2013 8:13 am

      Yes some shrubs love a good prune whilst others sulk. This one here is smothered in flowers for the first time in four years. I guess it’s because I fed it last autumn.

  3. April 11, 2013 8:53 am

    Yes the Osmanthus is a neat shrub, not too big, and is happy at the back of a border. This allows for medium height plants to surround it. It’s a juggling act with allotment seedlings on windowsills, in pop-up greenhouse and propagator. But hopefully some direct sowing in the ground by next week if the warm weather arrives as promised.

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