Was it a success or failure?
Well, to be perfectly honest, every time a little seedling appears, it’s a success. It always feels like a sense of achievement, especially when a couple of months have passed by, and you can literally see the fruits of your labour.
Back in March and April, I started to sow my seeds for 2023. Some seeds were purchased for particular areas of the patio and garden, some were sown as I received them for free from my Gardeners’ World magazine, and others were seeds which I collected last year from our garden.
Oh yes, and there were a few I just couldn’t resist.
You win some, you lose someMy conservatory is a greenhouse
I know that I sow way too many seeds each year, but it’s a matter of weighing up whether they’ll all be successful or fail to show their tiny heads.
Well, I was lucky on some and not so fortunate on others; however, considering that when I counted the different varieties of seeds that I sowed, there were over 30 different types of plants.
During springtime, our conservatory inevitably looks like a greenhouse, which is pleasing in some way. Still, it is nice once we have transferred all the little plants outside.
Yes, I sowed more seedsIt was my mistake
Last year I bought some Black-eyed Susie plants, which were fantastic; they flowered for months and months. So, I thought I would grow them from seed this year, which was a great idea if they all germinated; however, they didn’t. So, I ended up sowing some more.
A similar thing happened with my chillies and tomatoes: I sowed more seeds and ended up with too many. But hey-ho, I gave a couple away, and I now need to look for more recipes which include tomatoes and chillies.
Our chosen tomatoes & chilliesCherry toms in abundance
To be honest, I was only going to sow three varieties as I was trying to keep them to a minimum. However, the tempting packet of ‘Red Cherry’ seeds landed on my doorstep from my Gardeners’ World magazine. I couldn’t resist giving them a go.
So far, so good; my little tomato plants are not so little anymore and have started to bear fruit. Did you catch my post on ‘supporting our tomato plants’? I followed Monty Don’s advice, and they are coming on a treat.
This year I have only grown two types of chillies; in hindsight, I wish I had chosen one more, but there’s always next year. The two varieties that I have are Cayenne and Hungarian Hot Wax.
I’m hoping that the Cayenne chillies are going to pack a bit of a punch when we cook with them; fingers crossed. They are flowering well, although the chillies have not appeared.
A summary of our 2023 seedsWas it a big thumbs up?
Sowing and growing our seeds for 2023 has been a bit of a mixed bag. Some of the little seeds germinated immediately and came on leaps and bounds; others didn’t even want to show their face.
I kept a little record of how my success rate unfolded, and below is how I faired.
|Rose Campion||Velvety silver leaves||Cerise flower||Yes|
|Lupin||My Castle||Red & Pink||No|
|Cineraria Maritima||Silverdust||Silver bedding plant||Yes|
|Salvia||Blue & white mixed||Blue & white||No|
|Salvia||Blaze of Fire||Red||No|
|Chilli||Hungarian Hot Wax||Red||Yes|
|Rhodochiton||Purple Bell Vine||Pink/purple||No|
|Poppy||Black Swan||Deep red||Yes|
|Marigold||Carmen||Orange and red||Yes|
|Lobelia||String of Pearls||Mix||Yes|
|Greater Quaking Grass||Like lanterns||Papery||Yes|
|Antirrhinum||Dark Orange Potomac||Orange||Yes|
|Morning Glory||Heavenly Blue||Blue||Yes|
Let’s talk about my Morning Glory plantsWhere are my flowers?
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