Chilli has sprouted

The first chilli seed has sprouted. So I've moved the pot from the airing cupboard into the light. It was a very sunny day today, so a good day for it.

Not a brilliant picture, but the first one before the leaves are even upright fully. The leaves are originally folded down and then unfold upwards.

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Planting seeds

In previous years I have grown a few seeds for containers, so I thought I would grow the same ones again and plant them outside later in the year.

I have some petunias, basil, californian poppy, zinnia and lobelia.

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Chilli pepper kit

I am going to grow some chilli plants from a kit I received at Christmas.

There were only four seeds, there was supposed to be five. It has to be kept very warm until the seeds germinate, so I have put it in the airing cupboard. Once the seeds germinate, then I will have to find a sunny windowsill for the plant!

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Clematis buds

So the clematis down the side of the house must be an early flowering one as it has got buds along with its first leaves. Good job I didn't cut it back too much!

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Bluebell update

I really wanted to have some english bluebells. Even before I moved here, I bought a packet of 5 bulbs which I planted the day I first got the keys, before I actually moved in. I also planted 30 bulbs along with the tulips and muscari bulbs that I planted in early-mid January.

Until now I thought that none of them were going to come up, but today I was excited to see a new shoot pictured below. It looks distinctly different to the others. I believe that although both muscari and bluebells have a V-shaped leaf on the inside, the muscari leaf is rounded on the outside, but the bluebell leaf is also V-shaped on the outside too.

No doubt it will become a lot clearer later, and I hope I haven't written this too soon!

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