Here are the seeds one month in.
The zinnia are doing well, and the lobelia too.
The Californian poppies are also doing well and have
their distinctive floppy stems and thin highly divided leaves.
The basil just behind not doing so well, only three have
appeared, and the largest is just getting its first
real leaves. At this point I planted a few more seeds.
The petunias are doing fairly well, but slower growing than
Strangely even though seeds were planted in
all six cells of a tray, the two at the "top"
(where the letter labels are) have no or fewer
seedlings in each case.
I bought an Astilbe on a whim
while at Earsdon Plant Center.
I don't know why I got it as it had no
information about variety or what colour
it is going to be.
So it is going to be almost as much of a mystery as
the plants that I didn't buy.
Fortunately it seems to be a plant that likes a moist soil
that doesn't dry out.
Anyway here it is just after planting, I bought it a couple of weeks
ago, but just planted today.
This is a newer tulip that I planted in the trough container.
This is its second year, so it is good to see it back, although it has
not multiplied. I must admit to having damaged the bulb by cutting
through it with a trowel when trying to remove something else.
I thought I had all the dandilions under control, but one appeared out
of nowhere it seems.
It made a good picture so here it is.
The first new leaves have appear on one of the chilli seedlings.
This is 17 days after planting.
I planted a single tulip in a planting trough in 2013, it has
travelled with me through a few different addresses since then, and it
flowers reliably every year. From the single flower in the first
year, there are now five flowers.
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Last week I got six bags of compost.
I have started putting it on top of the soil starting alongside the
The soil there is very grey almost like cement and what a difference
it makes putting the compost down.
It is just a thin layer and I just throw it down a roughly smooth it
I'm hoping that as well as making it look better it will gradually
improve the soil.
At the moment the clay is very dry and hard on the surface.
I transplanted my rosemary into a container.
This is a plant I bought the summer before last.
Over the previous winter it got very damp
and was suffering.
When I moved it to a bigger pot last summer it had
very few roots.
Now is a completely different story, the roots
were wrapped around the pot very tightly and although
I tried …
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to the post describing the
new red leaves
on a varegated bush.
I speculated that it could be
also known as the lily of the valley bush.
I was unsure as they have flowers in the spring too
and I didn't see any.
I saw one when out walking, it was quite a large shrub, much larger
than mine and it had lots of flowers.
I took another look at mine, and there are indeed flowers which I had
missed as they are low down and somewhat hidden.
Oh look just noticed that there are some ant crawling over the