My seed sowing started last autumn sowing hardy annuals directly into the soil. Things like Cornflowers, Nigella, Ammi Majus and all those sorts of favourites that people always love. This has worked really well, they’ve been in the ground all winter and grown into really big plants and with a bit more warm weather will soon be flowering. The only problem I did have was with the Larkspur; it didn’t take because I think the ground was too wet. So I’ve decided to sow some this February and they have come through but obviously they will be a bit behind. Next year I will be sowing it in the autumn in pots and will keep them in the greenhouse over winter, ready to plant out around March time – they will hopefully be flowering plants for the end June. Of course this all depends on the Great British weather.
To avoid having a glut of flowers all at once my plan this year has been to sow smaller batches consecutively throughout the spring, this will give me summer flowers from June until the first frost.
I’m a bit like a kid in a sweet shop where seeds are concerned so consequently I’ve bought quite a few new varieties to try this year.
The things I’m most looking forward to growing are some new cosmos like Daydream and Click Cranberries; the foliage is lovely, they’re just really pretty, easy to use flowers that I would recommend anyone to grow – they do need staking though as they can get blown about.
Here’s a taster of what else I’ll be growing…