I spent around four hours in the garden this weekend, pulling up weeds and clearing leaf debris to make space for what’s unfurling across my little flower beds…
A note on seedlings…
Confession: I began talking about spring a little prematurely this year, and followed seed packet guidance that we can begin sowing cosmos, sunflowers etc indoors in March. This has resulted in my seedlings being leggy – a term I was unaware of as a newbie to growing from seed. I’ve since learned that this is because the seed, on breaking, can sense there isn’t sufficient light on the windowsill and pushes the seedling rapidly upwards and sideways towards what little light there is in a bit of a panic. I’ll know for next time to wait until mid-April to begin sowing; put the trays outside whenever the sun is out; and turn the trays regularly to keep the seedlings from bending too much one way.
Above are some Nasturtium ‘Bloody Mary’ which have leapt up perhaps too quickly. I’ll pot a few of them on soon and then plant them outdoors once the last frost has passed.
Beyond my garden, I’m looking forward to sharing a couple of stories about botanical art in the coming weeks – look out for those!
Wishing you a good week ahead.
Until next time,