What became of those tiny shoots?
Well, as they “from little acorns mighty oaks do grow”, I think that’s how it goes anyway.
Way back in March, I started sowing my mountain of seeds; though, in hindsight, I think I should have commenced before March. But saying that, it may have been a godsend as I probably would have sowed even more. I was quite enjoying spending time in my newly de-cluttered potting shed.
As I have previously mentioned in my sowing post, I was performing a little experiment with some tomato and chilli seeds to see if I could double-bluff my outdated seeds. Needless to say, time won the race, and my tomato and chilli came to nothing.
Sowing the tiniest of seedsTo magnificent blooms
Sorry, I digress; back to my seedlings of 2022 and their success rate and this year, I’m sowing some annuals and perennials to try and fill out our new and improved cottage garden.
Firstly, I must mention that I’m one of those gardeners who always wants to give the tiniest sign of life a chance to flourish. I’ve regularly let weeds grow in a pot just to see if I was mistaken on its identity.
With this in mind, I have managed to accumulate so many seedlings. Then there lies the problem of potting on, and the space required for this. Luckily, I have a conservatory that looks more like a greenhouse during springtime. Unfortunately, sacrifices must be made.
So many seedlings; what was I thinkingI know, I wanted colour
Fast forward three or four weeks, and I’m starting to pot on my seedlings. The overnight temperature outside has been increasing, so some young plants were rehomed into the cold frame.
The warmer weather meant that my young seedlings had come on leaps and bounds, and after a couple more weeks, some were ready to move to their new home in the garden.
Now, at this point, I confess to the different varieties of seeds I have sown. As I touched upon above, I have sown some tomatoes and chillies, various perennials including foxgloves, lupins, hollyhocks, dahlias and many, many annuals for the pots on our courtyard patio.
Oh yes, and it appears that I thought there was going to be a world shortage of sunflowers too.
My theory was that the seeds might come to nothing; so, what do I have to lose
Sowing & growing our ediblesOur fruit and salad produce
I decided this year that I wouldn’t grow any vegetables as I felt I had enough on my plate with flowers. Also, we need to address our raised beds as they need replacing.
After my initial failure with the outdated tomato and chilli seeds, I bought some new tomato seeds, Gardeners Delight, Sweet Million F1 and San Marzano 2.
I sowed three of each, and amazingly, I only had one that didn’t grow: a San Marzano 2. So, we have eight flourishing tomato plants to nurture.
Next comes the chillies; hands up; I’m not taking the blame here; I took Gary’s advice as he wanted plenty of chillies.
We have about five Jalapeno, two Habanada and five Zimbabwe Black. We bought the Zimbabwe Black chillies as we have relatives living in Zim, and I couldn’t resist the name, and the flowers are deep purple.
Our fledgling annuals & perennials‘The class of 2022’
Sowing and growing our annuals and perennials have been a bit of a mixed bag. Some have done incredibly well, and I’ve struggled to find a home for them in the beds or on the patio, and others clearly didn’t like my nurturing potting shed manner.
I sadly kept a little record of how my success rate unfolded, and below is how I faired.
|Livingstone Daisy||Pink||Yes (many)|
|Sweet Pea||Climbing Mix||Mix||Yes (many)|
|Morning Glory||Heavenly Blue||Blue||Yes|
|Poached Egg Plant||Yellow & white||Yes (many)|
|Cornflower||Polka Dot||Pink/purple/white||Yes (many)|
|Poppy||Oriental Red||Red||Yes (many)|
|Dahlia||Collarette Dandy||Mix||Yes (many)|
|Petunia||Rose of Heaven||Pink & White||Yes (many)|
|Nigella (Love-in-the-Mist)||Persian Jewel Mix||Pink/purple/white||Few|
|Sunflower||F1 Full Sun||Yellow||Yes (many)|
|Sunflower||F1 Suntastic Yellow||Yellow||Yes (many)|
|Foxglove||Speckled Spires Mix||Pink/White||Few|
|Tomato||San Marzano 2||Plum||Yes|
|Tomato||Sweet Million F1||Cherry||Yes|
|Chilli||Zimbabwe Black||Medium heat||Yes|
|Nigella (Love-in-the-Mist)||Miss Jekyll||Pale blue||Few|
|Parsley||Plain Leaved 2||Yes|
|Lettuce||Salad Bowl Mix||Mix||Yes|
Let’s talk about DahliasAnd my abundance of sunflowers
I firstly want to mention dahlias, there are such a variety of dahlias to be found, and they are so beautiful, from the most delicate blossom to the largest of pom-pom heads you could see.
I’m certainly an amateur here, and I think even amateur may be stretching it a bit too far; however, I didn’t know dahlias grew from seed. I have grown them from tubers before but never from seed; actually, they were a resounding unexpected success.
I will definitely be sowing more in years to come.
Yes, I have to mention sunflowers; both Gary and I love sunflowers, not just for their bold and striking colour and often their towering presence, but also for their nourishment to the wildlife.
However, I’ve mentioned a towering presence; this wasn’t to be the case for the variety F1 Suntastic Yellow. I knew they were dwarf sunflowers, but I didn’t expect them to be 30cm in height. However, I must add that they certainly make up for what they lack in stature in their bushy abundance of flower heads.
We planted the F1 Suntastic Yellow sunflowers next to our Munstead Lavender, and now we have our own little homage to Provence in Kent.
Needless to say, we haven’t finished with our sunflowers yet; I sowed some ‘Evening Sun’ variety which is red. They are slowly becoming established, and we’re just waiting for them to blossom.
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