Monday, March 30, 2009
These are some fuchsia cuttings that I'm going to try and grow as a fan shape and as standards after reading an article in garden news recently. Seems to be a simple enough affair, but as usual time will tell. Over the weekend spent most of my time trying to organise more space in my heated greenhouse, transferred some plants to the cold greenhouse as they were ready for 5'' pots, so hopefully the climate change won't be too much for them. As the weather was good this weekend did some grass cutting and general tidying around the garden. For some strange reason just can't seem to get round to starting off my veg seeds, but no more excuses, this is going to be the week it begins.
Monday, March 23, 2009
This is one of the cuttings I took from a fuchsia 'Dollar Princess' in February. read a interesting article in last weeks Garden News about growing fuchsia fans and fuschia standards. Going to give it a try and will keep you updated.
Bought this crysant in one of the DIY stores in an almost but dead state. Wasn't hard to revive it and I now have 3 well rooted cutting to boot. I don't think crysants are too popular in this country as garden flowers but in the UK many different varieties are easily available as cuttings. Must have a closer look at this next year as I think they are fabulous.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
SOW DIRECT DATE 21/03/09
CANDYTUFT FAIRY MIX
LAVATERA MONT BLANC
NEMOPHELA BABY BLUE EYES
NIGELLA LOVE IN A MIST
SUNFLOWER DWARF YELLOW SPRAY
The heated greenhouse is a bit of a challenge at the moment, morning and evening temperatures still low, but during the day temperatures inside are soaring to 35 degrees even with ventilation. Don't need to have bubble wrap for daytime but certainly do for night time. I suppose my biggest problem is that I leave for work around 7 in the morning when it's still quite cool and don't get home til around 6.30. Having said that the seedlings are doing very well.
Went on another seed sowing frenzy today and sowed the following
SOW DATE 22/3/09
BLACK EYED SUSAN SALMON SHADES
GAZANIA KISS ROSE F1
GAZANIA KISS GOLD F1
GAZANIA KISS WHITE FI
GAZANIA KISS BRONZE F1
MARIGOLD DURANGO BOLERO F1
MARIGOLD PATULA DURANGO BEE F1
MARIGOLD DURANGO RED
MORNING GLORY CARNEVALE DI VENEZIA
MORNING GLORY HEAVENLY BLUE
PETUNIA SALMON VELVET FI
ZINNIA ELEGANS SWIZZLE SCARLET AND YELLOW
ZINNIA ELEGANS SWIZZLE CHERRY AND IVORY
All the seeds sown today were sown in trays as normal but for the 'Zinnia' as they don't like root disturbance, I sowed them in toilet roll cores cut in half, put them into the seed trays and covered the seed tray as usual with glass to speed up germination, hopefully this will work and I'll be able to plant them out without root disturbance.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Did a little bit of flower picking today, don't have a whole pile of tulips or hyacinths, must do more for next year.
Signs of growth with pear, apple and plum trees also some raspberries I planted a couple of months ago coming on nicely
A hydrangea which literally was only twigs, 2 weeks ago and now has sprung into action
Wall flowers (I think) nearly there now, should add some nice colour well before the bedding plants are put in at the beginning of June.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
One side of my 6'x6' green house is now full and I still have another 150 or so seedlings to be pricked out over the coming week. God but I'd love to have a huge green house. I also watered the seed trays and newly potted up seedlings and also the seedlings that have been potted up for a month with a little feed to keep them going.
So, half the greenhouse is taken up with half of the first sowings, going to sow as much again around Paddy's day so it's going to be very tight in there in another couple of weeks.