I thought I’d give you all a quick update on what other seeds I’ve been sowing recently because some of you might already know that I have a ton of seeds to sow this year. Yikes! I will post updates on these seedlings as they begin to emerge and be potted on.
The first seeds I opted for were:
Globe thistle Echinops ruthenicus var.
I then sowed some: Stocks Matthiola incana ‘Giant perfection mixed’ next to the Globe thistle in the unfilled cells.
Then I opted for two varieties of Hollyhocks. The first are: Malva sylvestris ‘zebrina’ which grow to 1-2 metres high and the second are: Malva sylvestris ‘mystic merlin’; I can’t wait to see how these emerge and both them are hardy perennials so are well worth sowing because they can emerge for year to come. I am trying to expand my supply of hardy perennials in the garden this year, so that I can dedicate spare planting pockets to trying out a couple of annuals each year instead of the frenzy of seed sowing that this year seems likely to entail…
In other news…
My Rock rose helianthemum sp. (mixed) that I sowed some weeks ago, has unfortunately fallen prone to ‘damping off’:
Noooooooo! I am currently trying to fight it by using cinnamon because I read that it is a natural anti-bacterial. I will be keeping my eye on them because they were doing so well and had just developed their first set of mini seedling leaves. One cause of this could be that in my haste to get some seeds sown, I used a general multi-purpose compost (labelled as suitable for seed sowing), as opposed to my usual seed sowing compost that I didn’t have on supply at the time. The other seeds I have sown are tucked up in said seed sowing compost, so I will have to see what happens in time. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
That’s all for today, stay tuned for more garden updates!
Happy gardening 🙂
Written by Bethany Wright at theenglishmeadow.wordpress.com