Sieving and Sowing

So after my trip to Mums this morning, I decided to get a wiggle on and catch up on some sowing.

First things first, I needed to sieve some more compost as I had run out (again!)

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Then, it was on to the serious business of sowing 🙂

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ANTIRRHINUM ‘Liberty Classic’

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Gazania ‘Tiger Mix’

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PANSY ‘Giant Fancy Mix’

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TANACETUM ‘T&M Single Mix’


Catching up (again!!!)

I finally managed to make it up to Mums today to check on the seeds that I put in her greenhouse to germinate.

All 4 trays of the CLEOME ‘Rose Queen’ have started to germinate with a good handful of new growth in each tray 🙂

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The DIANTHUS ‘Panda Mix’ are really coming on now and I can’t imagine it will be too much longer before I need to transplant them into 40 cell trays.

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The biggest surprise was the ECHINOPS Ruthenicus’ which I wasn’t expecting to see any movement on for another couple of weeks, bur they already look like this!

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I am off up to the tunnel now to do some moving around to make room for some of the trays I need to bring back from Mums.  I also need to sieve some more compost and hopefully get some seeds sown.  Will update you later!!

Overnight Growth!

It’s amazing isn’t it how one minute you can have an empty seed tray or pot and then the next morning there are signs of life!

My SWEET PEA ‘Su Pollard’ have started to germinate!

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Also, my LEUCANTHEMUM ‘Fiona Coghill’ which yesterday had barely visible growth now look like this!

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On a slightly slower note, my PEONY that I re-potted back before Christmas is finally showing some green signs of life 🙂

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Absolutely love this flower and can’t wait to see it bloom!

Quick Update

Just a quick update to let you know how the plants are doing in the tunnel.  Have got loads planned for the next few days so will update you in full ASAP!

The PLATYCODON ‘Mix’ are all starting to show new growth:


The PRIMULA ‘Denticulata’ that I took a photo of has come in to full bloom:

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The SWEET PEA ‘Percy Thrower’ that were showing early signs of germination are coming on a treat:

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And finally, the GERANIUM ‘Hardy Mix’ seem to have literally grown overnight!!

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More Germination

Another wander into the polytunnel this morning has been another journey of discovery 🙂

The second batch of ANTIRRHINUM ‘Liberty Classic’ which were sown on 26th January have started to germinate!

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As well as the CLEOME ‘Rose Queen’ which were sown on 13th January.

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And from nothing yesterday, the SWEET PEA ‘Percy Thrower’ seeds have also started to germinate (only 2 so far.  These were sown on 26th January.

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I am looking forward to next week when there are a couple of dry days forecast and I should hopefully be able to crack on with some work in the garden.

I have also got some more sowing to do which I have fallen a bit behind with.

Flowers Already???

Now, I know the weather has been a bit all over the place of late and that plants which should still be dormant are spurting into growth, but you can imagine my shock when I walked into the polytunnel this morning and saw this:

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Yes, one of the PRIMULA Denticulata has started to produce flowers!!!  It is the only one so far, but I was not expecting this for a few more weeks so it’s kinda made me panic a bit about my planning in the run up to Spring.

In more ‘growth’ news, look at my SEDUM ‘spurium’!  

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It looks like a spider sat in a pot!

And finally the TRADESCANTIA ‘Mixed’ are huge!


Within 3 weeks they have shot up!

Aster Disaster!

Following on from my post a couple of weeks ago, where I mentioned that I was concerned about the state of some of my ASTER ‘Duchess Yellow’, I am afraid I am going to have to admit defeat to a whole tray of them 😦

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They have all practically died in one particular tray for which I have no idea why as it was a clean tray, cared for in exactly the same way as all the others – which still look like this:

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But it would seem that they are destined to never bloom.  I am going to have to keep an eye on the remaining two trays as some of the seedlings seem to be turning slightly yellow.

On another worrying note, the same thing seems to be happening to a one of the five trays of LARKSPUR ‘Giant Imperial Mix’.


All four other trays look healthy and are coming on great guns, but the one particular tray above just looks, well, depressed!  Another tray to keep an eye on!

Finally on the “concerns list” are my GYPSOPHILA ELEGANS ‘Covent Garden White’.


They look so straggly and I have no idea why they look so ‘unsettled’ in their cells.  Also, if you look closely, it looks as if something has actually walked over the tray due to the indents in the compost – ????

In much more positive news, there are a couple more varieties of plants from my order which are starting to show growth 🙂

Firstly, one of the GERANIUM ‘Hardy Mix’ has broken through the soil.

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Okay, so it is a little bit “blink and you’ll miss it”, but there is definitely something there. (For those unsure, due to the crappy focus, it’s the three little white blobs!)

The ECHINACEA ‘Hot Papaya’ have also sprouted!

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These are Wendy’s but I’m still pleased there is life to be shared!

So, although slow, progress is being made.  I am dying to get out in the garden and carry on with my re-design, but due to weather and Will being home from school on half term at the moment, it’ll probably be next week before I can get out there again.