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It is now 7 weeks after planting and the seedlings are going to
be planted out.
The hardening off process was mixed, the zinnia suffered quite a bit
with the leaves drying and shrivelling. The other ones seem fine. I
decided to keep the basil indoors so that is not included.
Planting into the small cells was, I think, a success for the zinnia
as they have seeds large enough that you can plant one or two in each
cell. For the lobelia I would have preferred to plant in a larger
pot, as I find that easier to pick out small bunches for planting.
It worked out well enough for the Californian poppies and the petunias too.
Most of them are destined for containers and
the rest will be planted directly into the ground.
Here is one of the zinnia, it has plenty of roots but its lower leaves …
In the wild flower section
at the garden center
I saw a meadow buttercup and realized that
this was what I had growing in a few places.
Now it has flowered and as you can see
it really is a buttercup.
I bought this Eryngium at the weekend and planted it
Its full name is Eryngium x zabelii "Neptune's Gold" - a
fairly new variety.
The new leaves are a lime green colour as you can see. The label says
that this will be followed by yellow thistle like cones that gradually
turn an electric blue while the bracts remain golden yellow.
I know that the lawn was a bit of a pond during the winter but
this is just ridiculous!
The tulips planted this year are now starting to flower.
Wasn't sure what I would think after I realised
they were double flowered varieties,
but they do look rather impressive.
These ones are distinctly different
from the first of the
new tulips that flowered.
These have a much larger and showier flower.
Starting to harden off the young seedlings.
There is hopefully no chance of frost at this stage
and I am eager to plant them out as they are getting a bit large for
the small planting cells.
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Daffodils were out throughout the month, finally removing most of the
dead heads right on the last day.
Muscari also flowered throughout the month, and although
past their best are still providing one of the
dashes of colour in the borders.
This year's tulips are just starting to flower.
Also in flower the Brunnera, the Clematis
and various Primula
of the cowslip form (flowers that are tube like on a tall stem looking
A few Lily of the valley plants are starting to flower although it is
going to be May before they are in full flower.
The most advanced Aquilegia plants have buds, the Alliums and the Centaurea
plant is also showing a flower bud.
What I call "the tree" (I'm not even going to guess what it is) and
the Pyracantha both have buds too.
A quick list of plants …
There are several Aquilegia plants in the garden, many of them
probably growing from seed and still quite small.
This is the largest and was first noticed growing in mid February.
Now it has thrown up tall flowering spikes and here are some
of the buds.