I sowed these Centurea cyanus seeds on 10 April and just four days later I have new-borne seedlings, how utterly amazing the will to live is. I am always blown away by the instinct locked within any seed to know exactly what it is and how to become that.. I have planted the tiniest of seeds, for example, Viola seeds and being finer than a grain of sand, they still know exactly what it is they want and need to do to become a plant.. I find this truly amazing and awe inspiring.
Alongside these beautiful summer flowering cottage garden favourites, I have sown Cerinthe major ‘Purpurescens’, Cleome spinosa ‘Pink Queen’, Moluccella laevis and Bupleurum griffithii. I happily bought the seeds from Benjamin Ranyard at Higgledy Garden
I am so excited to be growing these new (to us) species at JtG HQ this year, my first time with these plants and I will report on their progress as they reveal themselves up through the potting mix. Ah yes, while I mention potting mix, I want to encourage you to use a peat-free organic compost. I am currently using Vital Earth and so far I have to say, those seedlings that have pushed their heads up through this compost are looking gorgeous and healthy. Once the plants are established, you can introduce a liquid feed to aid further delivery of nutrition, but not yet.. let them grow. These composts provide enough nutrients for the first couple of months in the plants life.