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In a vase on Monday – Peas in our time!

Not the best photo, and not my most abundant vase, but I was so excited to have a Sweet Pea bloom that I decided to share it in its isolated state.

Regular readers will know I grew these Winter Sunshine Sweet Peas from Owl’s Acre for the first time last year in the Greenhouse, and they were an absolute joy – blooming from April to way past when the outdoor ones has started too (and I needed the space for the tomatoes!)

And the vase?  Another sister present, and all the more special because my mother’s name was Mary, and as some of you know, her garden grew very well, thank you!

With thanks to Cathy who hosts this lovely meme.

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – April 2016

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A day late with GBBD as it poured with rain yesterday and I only manged to sneak a few photos before heading off to the twin Friday night excitements of Zumba followed by supper with friends.  And then today was largely spent working on the latest assignment for my planting design college course due in on Tuesday – yikes!

I took a few more photos this morning, so there’s now a mix of two very different days.

After the joy of last year’s new bulbs – largely tulips in the Swing Beds – I splashed out last autumn on more bulbs, this time for the two new beds – the MCB above and the Bronze Bed on the other side of the garden.  In addition, I planted up a number of ‘bulb lasagnes’ in pots, and it has been an absolute joy watching all the slow motion fireworks.

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there are Narcissus ‘Thalia’IMG_0214

together with Tulip ‘Merry Go Round’, which have also been planted in the trough by the front steps.IMG_0226

In the Swing Beds I’m delighted that some of the tulips have returned – these are Tulip ‘Pink Impression,’ in the right hand end of the Swing Bed, looking towards…

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…the Grass Bed, which featured in last week’s Wordless Wednesday, with Forget me nots and Narcissus ‘Peeping Jenny’

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On the other side of the garden, the Bronze Bed, which was looking rather handsome with the Hamamelis and Narcissus ‘Cragford,’ has now been invaded by both Narcissus ‘Yazz’ and Tulip ‘Jimmy’.  To be honest, I think if’ I’d known how many blooms I get with the ‘Cragfords’ and how long flowering they’d be I don’t think I’d have bothered with the ‘Yazz’.  IMG_0232

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In pots I have the beautiful and rather dainty Narcissus ‘Lieke’IMG_0243

contrasting rather strongly with the mad front door pots of Narcissus ‘Jack Snipe,’ Tulip ‘Matrix.’ If you look closely you’ll see Tulip ‘Recreado’ is also joining the party.IMG_0246

And the greenhouse pots are still flowering well with Narcissus ‘Bellsong’ and Tulip ‘Apricot Impression’.

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Aside from all the bulbs, I have Matthiola Incana just starting to come into bloom in the troughs,IMG_0217

Plenty of Cerinthe self seeded in the pebbly pathsIMG_0215

a few Fritillaria meleagris in the grassIMG_0231

and some brave Pelargoniums, P. Surcouf which have been outside all winter.

IMG_0244Oh and have I mentioned the sweet peas, Owl’s Acre ‘Winter Sunshine’ in the greenhouse?IMG_0239IMG_0240

And lastly, a bit chilly still, but the Diving Lady is contemplating making a splash in a rather purple pool.

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With thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens who hosts everyone’s GBBD.  Why don’t you go and see what’s making a splash in others’ gardens?

In a vase on Monday – Unseasonal delights

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My first Monday vase in a while has been prompted by the excitement of having April Sweet Peas to share.

Encouraged by Julie at Peonies and Posies I sowed some Owl’s Acre Winter Sunshine
seeds in the autumn and then planted them out in the unheated greenhouse in February. This Winter Sunshine strain has been specially bred to cope with the ‘sub-optimal light conditions’ at this time of year, and, whilst Owl’s Acre suggests they could flower in March, I was a bit delayed in planting them out and so am thrilled to have blooms to cut before the middle of April.  Not only do they have good long stems but also have that gorgeous sweet pea scent.  Mmmm.

As I only had three stems I needed to mix them with something else, and chose the equally unseasonal Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens.’  (According to Sarah Raven’s website these should flower from June).  These stems were cut from a plant which had self seeded and over wintered in the pebbly path near the metal troughs, so it was no great loss to cut them as they really shouldn’t be there anyway!IMG_0194

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I’m also growing a third colour, ‘Mid Blue’, but that one’s being a little shyer than the others to flower.

So, here is my Monday vase, photographed on Sunday evening in front of the still leafless over the road oak, and now on the table in a (still) Aga warmed kitchen.  Bonkers!

With thanks as ever to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for hosting all our Monday vases.IMG_0190

 

My name’s Jenny and I’m a seedaholic

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I’ve always loved growing plants from seed and last year, following an email from Chiltern Seeds announcing that they were offering a 20% discount for November’s Black Friday, I went a little mad on the ordering.

I’ve already sown the majority of the hardy annuals, and they’re starting to appear.  So exciting!IMG_0090

The good news is that the number of different seeds is under 100, but the bad news is it’s definitely well over 60, so I’ve set up a spreasheet to try to keep track of things.IMG_0088

Following another seed sowing session today, I’ve filled in all the sowing dates of everything, and am almost feeling on top of things.

The only thing to worry about now is where on earth they’re all going to go…

Meanwhile here is the latest progress of the ‘Winter Sunshine’ sweet peas  from Owl’s Acre.  They’re supposed to flower in March under glass.  I’m not holding my breath.

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What are you growing from seed this year?  And who’s your favourite supplier?

Happy sowing!