Thursday, 27 March 2014


 The gardening has been on hold for the past week as I have hurt my back, but that doesn't mean anything to my seedlings; they still need attention! :)  So yesterday I managed to pot on my tomato seedlings.  I went rather overboard when sowing some of the seeds - looks like we will be living on tomatoes this summer! :)  This year I am growing Gardeners' Delight (lots of these will be grown on our allotment as I over did the seeding), Sungold, Harbinger (these seeds were free), Brandywine, San Marzano 2 (plum)
and new to me Black Russian.  These were sown slightly later and they aren't ready to be potted on yet.
My chilli seedlings have been rather slow to grow, even though I start them indoors on a south-facing window sill.
Also indoors I am growing basil.
Yesterday I moved my sweet peas into the greenhouse and pinched out the tops. I am growing Sugar Almonds and Matucana.
 Other seedlings are appearing in the greenhouse :- 
Mixed lettuce
 Curly kale (which this year I am thinking of keeping as a greenhouse crop, as I am fed up of white fly!  My Husband used lots of white oil on the kale last year, but some bugs still remained and one white fly is one too many for me, yuk!)
 Dwarf peas, grown in strips ready to be transplanted at the allotment.
One dwarf bean is just showing and the pumpkins and squashes aren't through yet.

A girl has got to have her flowers! :) So I am growing :-
Autumn Beauty Sunflowers 
 Ammi majus
 Poppy Dark Plum
 Daucus carota Black Knight
 Mixed Climbers
 Zinnia Sprite Mixed

 Mixed Cornflowers
 Mixed Cosmos
 Linaria Fairy Bouquet - I love this little flower!
 Last autumn I harvested some allium seeds from my garden and I am so happy that they have grown. :)  They are Christophii and Purple Sensation (?).
Not the most colourful of posts so far, so here are a few close-ups of some of the flowers out in my garden at the moment.
Narcissus Bridal Crown
Muscari Latifolium
 I have lots of daffodils throughout the garden, but there is space for a few more. :)
 A Saxifraga - I love Alpines.
 Velvet Pansies and beautifully hued Polyanthus in front of the patio windows.
The Pulminaria is spreading in the shady corner of the garden under the Hornbeam.
 A double Bellis
 Narcissus Hawera (?) in the window box.
A close-up of the French Lavender on the patio table - so detailed!

The first Forget-me-nots are in bloom.  I love the way that the raindrops magnify the centres of the flowers.
 The first of the Cowslips are also appearing
 and soon the Tulips will be opening.
This Tree Bumble Bee was resting on the edge of the patio.
 Luckily I can see all of this from the sofa, where I have been stuck most of the week! :(
Through the patio doors
 and window.
 But in case that wasn't enough, I also have a Ranunculus on the living-room window sill! :)
 I truly feel that flowers are food for the soul.
I have always liked this Persian poem :-

“If I had but two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths, for they would feed my soul."


Mac n' Janet said...

Beautiful post, your garden looks wonderful. All our plants are very late this year, had frost the last 2 nights and that's very late for here.

thesnailgarden said...

Hi Janet, we are still getting frosts too, but it is normal for us to get them, sometimes up until the end of May. Best wishes, Pj x

Crafty in the Med said...

Beautiful photos and lovely view from your patio.....I continue to miss an English garden even after all these years. Spring makes the English countryside shine!

keep well

Amanda xx