Sweetpea seedlings 28.3.16I love growing Sweetpeas and this year I’m growing them for clients too. I have a lovely mix of colours from Sarah Raven’s website which come in the softest of yellows and pale delicate pinks to ‘Almost Black’, which has an incredibly deep purple colour – all exquisite and just beginning to put on some growth now with the return of the sunshine.

 

Stachys byzantine 28.3.16I am still dividing perennials to make more plants for the home garden and have been planting Stachys byzantina (Lamb’s Ears) in the hot sunny border – a magnet for pollinators and beautifully soft to the touch. I have noticed how Ladybird’s particularly like them at this time of year, perhaps because they are lovely to be on and warming – spotted a mating pair in the sunshine.. why not!

 

Ammi visnaga Green Mist 28.3.16I am particularly excited about the Ammi visnaga ‘Green Mist’ (new variety) seedlings because I haven’t grown them from seed before – they are just making an appearance. These are important umbelifer flowers, as they provide landing platforms for pollinators with fine feathery foliage and dense flowering heads  – beautiful in a mixed border with grasses.

 

I have been working from the new plastic greenhouse and the warmth it generates inside is a big help to get the seedlings warmed up – ventilation is important and daily checks and alterations to make sure the inside dries out is important as I don’t want too damp an environment. Pottering whilst being protected from cold winds feels good and helps clear the home of seed trays kept in awkward places.. I have to say they are a great, cheap way of getting seedlings on the march.

If you would like to talk to me about your garden please do feel free to get in touch.

Happy gardening!