Nothing Occurring :(

I am still waiting with baited breath and my fingers crossed that something germinates from the following seeds in the next few days.  They are all well within their ‘germination window’ and as yet, nothing is occurring 😦

You’ll notice some familiar Nemesis’ in the list below – GRRR!

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ERIGERON Azure Fairy

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ERIGERON Profusion

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Even More Sowing!!

With the ‘window’ of spring sowing closing rapidly and with my quest to completely stress myself out, fill the tunnel beyond capacity, take on more than one person can possibly manage and just for the sheer love of it, I have been sowing more seeds 🙂



Following my complete and utter failure with the last batch of DELPHINIUMS I was given a packet of these seeds and asked if I wanted to try and grow them.  Being a glutton for punishment my response was “Hell Yeah!” Fingers crossed the results of these will be better!!


SWEET PEA ‘Soulful’

SWEET PEA 'Soulful'

Love SWEET PEAS and I am growing these for Mum 🙂


ERIGERON ‘Profusion’

ERIGERON Profusion

Yes another ERIGERON variety.  These are apparently a completely different beast to the ‘Azure Fairy’ and ‘Pink Jewel’ I am currently attempting to grow for the second time this year.  Think positive thoughts!!!


NEMESIA ‘Carnival Mix’

NEMESIA Carnival Mix

I am a fan of NEMESIA and have grown several varieties before, but never these ones. I love the colour mix!


SUNFLOWER ‘Peach Passion’

SUNFLOWER Peach Passion

When they promise to look like this, what more of an excuse do you need to sow these???  Can’t wait, they look  gorgeous!!

Plants from Mums

As mentioned in a previous post, I had finally brought back all the plants I had at Mums.

I completely underestimated just how many were still there and there was nothing for it, but to crack on and see what I could do with them.

First up, PRIMROSES.


I had completely forgotten about this as they were tucked away at the bottom of the garden (along with MANY other things) and even though they haven’t had any special treatment, they have done really well on their own.  These were cuttings that were taken from plants already in Mums garden.

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After sorting through the viable plants I was left with 15 healthy (if not a little small in some cases) lovely plants 🙂

Next were BELLIS ‘Perennis’.  Now, I already have 57 of these in stock (!!), but I still managed to get another 14 viable plants out of what I brought back.

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You know me, always room for one more 😉

The next job was going to be A LOT trickier.  I knew these were at Mums, but due to the amount of plants I already have in the tunnel, I had been putting off picking them up – big mistake!!  I sowed these CALIFORNIAN POPPY ‘Golden West’ back in September 2015 and had basically left them with Mum ever since.  Bless her, she has watered them every day and kept reminding me that they were getting big, but I had sort of put them to the back of my mind.

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Look at the size of them!!!!  It became apparent almost immediately with the plants being as big as they are, trying to tidy them up to sell as plugs was pointless so after checking the final growing sizes of the plants, I decided to pot them directly into 9 cm pots.

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I am hoping that this will give them the best chance to look their best.  I managed to get 104 plants out of these trays 🙂 Now I just have to write out all the labels!!!

Next were the two varieties of AQUILEGIA that I had completely forgotten about.  I am unsure of their exact variety, but I know they were sown from seeds taken from Mums garden and one lot was ‘Yellow’ and the other was ‘Purple’.  I know this because the labels said so 😉


After giving them all a good tidy up and deciding to keep them in their 9 cm pot sizes I salvaged 50 x ‘Yellow’ and 39 x ‘Purple’

There were about a dozen whose labels had gone astray so I will wait until I can identify them properly before counting them.

Next was a couple of trays of ASTER ‘Starlight Scarlet’. You may remember from a previous post that I have not been all that successful in my quest to grow ASTER’s before and this kinda seals the deal for me 😦

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I transplanted the 6 (yes 6!!) seedlings I had and planted them into 9 cm pots.  These were purchased seed so I am more than a little disappointed with their germination rate – GRRR!

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They’re healthy enough, just a little small.  I may put these into a nice big pot and use them for seeds next year.

Next was OSTEOSPERMUM ‘Akila Mix’. Now, these were self harvested seed and I had harvested them at the wrong time so I wasn’t holding out much hope that they were going to come to anything.


Thankfully, 4 little seedlings have germinated to I have potted them up into 9 cm pots and I think when they are more established I am going to keep these in a big pot on my patio and keep them for seeds for next year.

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They grow quite large so they’re going to look great in my container garden 🙂

And that was my Sunday in the polytunnel 🙂

Germination this week :)

I am guessing it must be the several successive days of sunny and warm weather that has triggered it, but germination in the tunnel has really taken off this week! 7 varieties this week 🙂

ZINNIA ‘Hot Mix’

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SUNFLOWER ‘Teddy Bear’

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HELIANTHUS ‘Autumn Time’

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PAPAVER ‘Seriously Scarlet’

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RUDBECKIA ‘Gloriosa Daisy Mix’

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COSMOS ‘Versailles Tetra’

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Go Me!!!

More Antirrhinums!

This morning has started with pricking out more ANTIRRHINUM ‘Liberty Classic’.

The tray above has just come on leaps and bounds this week so I knew I had to crack on with the transplanting before the roots became too entangled.

Armed with my fork and freshly sieved compost in 40 cell trays, I managed to get a further 200 seedlings out of this one tray. This takes my total for this one variety of plant to 520!!

I’m chuffed to bits with the germination rate of these seeds as they were ones I had harvested myself from my own garden plants 🙂

Again, a really healthy selection of seedlings!

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New Germination :)

I have 3 varieties of seedlings this week which have done the decent thing and have decided to germinate 🙂

RUDBECKIA ‘Rustic Dwarfs Mix’

These were sown back on 29th February and I was starting to think that they were ‘going the way of the Dodo’, but perseverance and patience have paid off and we finally have signs of life.

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These were only sown on 8th April so was really shocked to find the first germinating seedling already.

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PAPAVER ‘Candyfloss’

Again, these were only sown on 8th April and I can’t quite believe how many are up already.  I am concerned however, how tightly packed in they are and am already having nightmares about pricking them out as PAPAVERS’ don’t like root disturbance at the best of times – gulp!

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Pricking Out Seedlings

I have been asked to share with you my ‘techniques’ and ‘equipment’ used when pricking out plants / seedlings from a full sized seed tray into individual cell trays.

So, I decided to use a tray that had the least amount of seedlings in so that it was easy for everyone to see the process. Now, before I begin, please remember that this method does not work well for plants that are adverse to plant disturbance such as POPPIES and other root sensitive plants.

My tray of choice today was DIANTHUS ‘Panda’.  These were seeds that I had collected from plants I had grown in my own garden (and Mums) last year and if I am honest, I was not all together impressed by the germination rate.

To start with, I began with a tray of seedlings and a 40 cell tray with fresh, healthy compost.

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I have been asked a number of times what equipment I use to ‘prick out’ my plants and, it’s a rather expensive tool….not!

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I am sure you can find one of these in most cutlery drawers 😉

It is best to try and do this before the root systems become too entangled because this can take hours, be very frustrating and will inevitably end up with a number if damaged seedlings.

Firstly, I insert the fork gently into the soil, not directly underneath the seedling to reduce possibility of damage, but a little ways away and use the fork to lift out the plant.

I have done this hundreds of times and I have found that by lifting all of the seedlings out and piling them up before trying to transplant them allows you to inspect them better.  Note: don’t try and do this on a sunny afternoon sat in the garden, I made the unfortunate mistake of doing this once and all the seedlings dried out before I had finished pricking them out!!

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Once all of the seedlings are out, I knock off as much of the loose soil from the roots that I can before I put them into their new cell tray or pot.  This way, you get to have a good look at the root system and make sure it’s healthy.

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Once their ready, I gently insert them into their new home and give them a good watering in, simples!!

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