I 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.
I 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!
I 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.