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stree
07-04-17, 14:14
I managed to sow some sweetpea seeds in the greenhouse last Sept and they have done well, including the 3 weeks I was unable to tend the due to being so unwell. Planted some out in Feb and think I will have first blooms by early May again...
This past week I have willed myself into the greenhouse again, sowing more seeds, Tumbling Toms for pots and baskets, a larger outdoor Tomato, some globe courgettes and some flower annuals.
Cosmos, dwarf and giant, strawflowers, Love lies Bleeding, and perhaps a few more later......
Also ordered plug plants for delivery later this month and end of May.....Nicotiana, Million bells, bedding petunia and lobelia....about 24 of each.............I also intend to get to the local nurseries sometime in the next month for Diascia, verbena, surfinia, nemesia, bacopa and maybe more......
I do have some dated seed packets of low growing stuff, ageratum, ice plants, livingstone daises, allysum and so on. I will mix all these with some silver sand and see how it does in the window boxes, as a backdrop for the annuals above........
Sounds a lot................and it is, out of breath filling a watering can..but steady plod all the way, and bit by tiny bit, I am sowing my own spring..........Even though it is my Autumn............

stree
09-04-17, 16:07
Might as well reply to myself.......

Anyway, those seeds I planted 8 or so days ago..........Already have some peeking through.......... Love-lies-bleeding, everlasting flower, cosmos all going strong.......All sowed in trays so will be potting on soon at this rate......Still waiting for the toms and courgettes, but fresh seeds so will be fine...Got more sweetpeas planted out.........Have to get some fresh compost in the tubs and hanging baskets soon as well...........

firebird
09-04-17, 16:38
I used to enjoy growing seeds but can't manage any longer. Don't forget to put some piccies up. It sounds like you'll have a riot of colour and scent in summer. Beautiful

stree
09-04-17, 16:49
I could bring you some seedlings if you are not too far away......

firebird
09-04-17, 17:36
Thanks for the offer but I have a gardener and just don't care for plants anymore. Can't do much anymore, lost my dog last June, not feeling good.

stree
19-04-17, 15:48
Well, courgettes and toms doing well, everything else sprouted and seem happy enough.
Next job will be to refresh the hanging baskets soil, same for tubs and containers, ready for whatever goes in them.
Think I will be doing more delegating than digging from now on, whatever it takes!

stree
03-05-17, 18:40
Be about 2 weeks yet before anything comes out for baskets and window box planting..........last frost around mid May round here.
Everything doing well, too many toms as usual, but never have the heart to cull them so have to give away what I can. Clearing out baskets from last year now,new liners, fresh compost and water retention crystals to go in and be soaked in readiness for the planting out, same with pots and tubs................Then to find plots for everlasting flowers, nicotiana, cosmos and a couple more late sweetpeas.....The February planted sweetpeas are getting broad stemmed and lush now, about 3 feet tall. Should have first blooms on by later this month.
Got a wisteria in a pot that should really be planted out, been in the pot for about 5 years and never seems to find a home.........Must try to do it this year......Looking forward to some warmer weather................

Shelob
04-05-17, 00:15
I love my greenhouse, as you obviously do, such a nice feeling growing things. I have only got tomatoes this year so far, and a friend helped me do a hanging basket, can't wait to put it by my front door.
I'm going to buy some stock seeds as they like sweet pea smell lovely, love flowers.
My Mum when she was alive used to tell me to buy flowers for myself, which I do often, online shopping is wonderful, as those huge shops and me aren't friends anymore :-)
Yes I'm looking forward to some warmth helps with the bones. Take care.

stree
05-05-17, 10:56
Mods alerted about the missing posts...........

stree
07-05-17, 19:44
Well, the missing posts are a disappointment..........A bit more IT investment needed I think...........
Anyway..............First blooms are on the sweetpeas!. Promising.................Planted 20 Sunflowers seed early this week, all are sprouting by today.......Seeds sent to every house in the village by the Parish Council in the hope of a good show in the place......Nice idea.
Toms are doing very well, as are the nicotiana, courgettes, achillea, amaranthus claudata, everlasting flowers and a few others.........avoiding the temptation to plant out for another week or so to be sure of missing the last frost...
Finding it very hard and slow going this year, but going to keep at it for as long as I can.........Might be getting put on oxygen soon, that may help a bit, prefer not to but..............

stree
08-05-17, 11:38
Went out to do the morning duties, let the bantams out and feed them, open up the stable doors of the pigsty where Rosie the rabbit lives and check her water and give her breakfast..........That rabbit certainly makes use of her time.......Her latest hobby is her new plaything, a plastic handbrush, she grabs it by the bristles and charges around with it..........stopping to sit upright and shake it about like a dog with a rag doll, then charging round with it banging and clattering into everything..........stops for a nibble of grub then off again.........
Then on to the greenhouse.....Me, not the rabbit....All ok ,some things really ready for potting on but will be planted out (hopefully) in a week or so, so hardly worth re-potting now. Got 2 hanging baskets relined, absorbent mats in, water retaining crystals in and fresh compost. Ready for planting out.
Very chilly outside, so did not hang about, back in for a cup of tea..............
By the way, when I repot tomatoes I always replant them right up to the bottom leaves, ( which are then removed). The reason being, those fine white hairs on the stem will form fresh roots, so take more water and nutrients and have a better hold in the soil..all makes a better plant......
So, just waiting for some sunshine now......................

This is home...........................https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wootton,_North_Lincolnshire

stree
10-05-17, 14:59
Beautiful day.......Made a start on the pots and tubs...........Got a courgette planted out in a big tub, planted out two terracotta bowls, 14" hanging basket size........Mix of bedding petunias, calibroacha ( million bells), lobelia and miniature amaranthus ( Love lies bleeding)
Some trailing mini toms will be going into same size containers, maybe in hanging baskets too...... Full size outdoor toms into large containers next...................Then maybe tomorrow make a start with outdoor garden seedlings.. About 100 everlasting flower seedlings, a dozen Cosmos ( maybe in a big pot, not sure yet) and 20 nicotiana.................which will demand a lot of room each!
Absolutely exhausted now..............but have to be ready for visitors after tea,coming to take stacks of timber..... some for burning, some I will never get round to using now.................Oak, mahogany, beech, sycamore.......some lovely hardwoods...........But most of my machinery now sold or given away, so may as well give stuff to folk who will use it .............Robins are nesting in the workshops again as they do every year... have to keep an eye out for baby robins underfoot for a while...............

Am I the only gardener on here?
Just wondering.................................

stree
11-05-17, 19:10
Grim day health wise, but did what I could, albeit more slowly than may have appeared useful! Nevertheless, results, even though modest, by the end of the day.
Finally got all four hanging baskets planted out and hung in place..........Stuck to same formulae for each.........just felt like doing it that way, two bedding petunias in the centre, three calibroacha nearer the edge, ( mini trailing petunia) and three trailing lobelia between those........Some small pots done too, similar mix but with Amaranthus Claudatus too. ( love lies bleeding)
Also visited the local nursery for some plants that are a bit "further on". These are for the four window boxes at the front which is south facing and a bit more demanding for young plants..............These are getting a mix of Calibroacha, Surfinia, Nemesia, Bacopa, trailing Lobelia, Verbena and whatever else may take my fancy later.........Oh and yet more Amaranthus Claudata...
Plus the tomatoes are ready for potting on and the mini tumbling Toms should be going into their final pots and baskets...............Still three more courgettes to plant out too,. and 20 Nicotiana, 20 sunflowers, 10 or so Cosmos, 2 Achillia ( Yarrow) even more of everything that went into the hanging baskets and between 100 and 150 Heliachrysum seedlings..( Strawflower, Everlasting flower)
I try to just concentrate on small task by small task otherwise it would seem overwhelming..Oh and retied the sweetpeas again as they really start to get their growth going.........Doing well......
Might have a change tomorrow..............Spend some time with the angle grinder, jig saw, pop rivet gun and drill and some electronics, for the alterations I am making to a case for the next computer I will be putting together.............
Anything but stopping and gazing into space..............Even though I depend on my mobility scooter to do most of the above! Gardening and everything else..............

stree
14-05-17, 15:37
Tough couple of days, but managed a little today: Planted out the nicotianas ( evening scented tobacco plants), repotted a tumbling Tom mini trailing type, into a terracotta bowl, final pot........will leave in the greenhouse for a week then outside with it..... 6 more of those to plant out............. I have to do the strawflowers next, really should be planted out by now.......... and lots more just waiting for me.........

stree
15-05-17, 16:45
Lots of drizzle today.........But the sweetpeas are in bloom..................

stree
19-05-17, 12:31
Weeded a patch ready for about 100 Everlasting flower seedlings, potted on a few toms, baskets doing well, so had a break...
Went round the village, only about a mile circuit, me on my mobility scooter, Grandaughter on her scooter she got for Christmas.......Lots of lilacs in bloom, and along the long hedgerows on the back road, sent her to get the scent of the May blossom, jogged her memory on plant names, shared some bread and cheese from the hawthorns, lovely sunny day................(Thursday)
Then home, and she swapped the scooter for the bike that is really too small for her now, and along to the far end of the village, to the crossroads, where there is a large expanse of grass and a bench.......Profuse with tiny daisies, so showed her how to make a daisy chain..........and taught her that if a buttercup held under the chin reflected yellow, then you are in love........
Then home for tea, until her Mum got home from work.
Not very much gardening, apart from watering in the greenhouse, and the weeding, but a day with nature, and much more.
A good day.

stree
21-05-17, 20:59
Began the day as usual, let the chickens out and feed them...........Then open the pigsty to feed Rosie rabbit.....( the stable door has a chicken wire door behind, so air and light but keeps her in)..She is really taken with her new toy, the old handbrush. romping around with it shaking it like a dog would, up on her back legs and the rushing around with it.......pulled up a few sods of grass for her to compliment her cereal as well.
Setting off back I locked eyes with a pretty bird on the guinea pig cage, well not so much a cage, more an aviary type affair, but built for the guinea pigs. anyway, this bird had a scarlet face, bright white yellow and black streaked wings, it almost instantly flew off.. Identified it as a goldfinch..............Nice to know they are around again this year. Saw a chaffinch as well a little later, then a duck and a drake appeared on the lawn. not sure what they had in mind..........
I planted out most of the everlasting flower seedlings yesterday, so they had a good soak with the rain since then.....
So much in bloom............Aquilegia swaying regally, forget me nots strewn like little jewels all around, bright marigolds clustered in groups as and where they want, Potentilla with its flock of tiny white blooms like snowflakes, heavily scented wallflower with rich red velvet petals, Love in a mist just fit to burst its bright blue blooms,a small flowered purple geranium flowers profusely in almost spherical clumps, the first few sweetpeas of course, and the paeony forming its deep pink buds the size of chestnuts, a promise of later magnificence....
I am sure there are more that I have overlooked........
It makes me think, I have the temerity to dig holes and put in seedlings in the vain quest of improving on this?? Nature is an impossible act to beat, but so many of us still have the urge to do just that, or at least to complement it as best we can..I hope it is always thus.
I might be drawing to my own winter, but spring in the garden stays in my heart.

stree
22-05-17, 16:16
The ones I overlooked are Weiglia, anemone, a frilly leafed geranium with upright stems and pink and white flowers, name unknown, violets,hypericum, white green and chocolate/pink, lots of self sown about, bacopa and nemesia in bloom too.
Honesty is in bud as well, as is a clematis which is scrambling up some canes and strings.
Too tired to do much today, but on my circuit of the village I stopped and chatted with a lady that has plants for sale, mainly annuals......I got some more Bacopa and a couple of surfinias for the pots./containers......
Anyway, the garden will still be there tomorrow, so hopefully I can get something done then......1828

stree
24-05-17, 19:30
............And London Pride,and Foxglove, Herb Robert,( a weed I know,but pretty in the lesser tended spot), Mahonia, Budleia Globosa,and probably more...........
Slugs and snails are having a nibble at the pots, seem to prefer calibroacha.( million bells)nibbled to a sorry stalk.........I will replace these eventually, I have some in reserve to go in when further on and less prone to attack....They also have been at the Everlasting flower seedlings, and the Nicotiana seedlings...... but I think enough will survive.
I am resisting the urge to use those blue slug pellets..................Slug eats them, dies. Bird eats slug and dies, or feeds to chicks in the nest which die.......Same goes for hedgehogs, garden voles...and more..........The convenience of the pellets is far outweighed by the toll they take on garden life....I try to work with nature, not against it.
Still not worked up the oomph to plant the front window boxes.............Trays and trays of mature seedlings ( many in flower) sat in the open greenhouse waiting for a home. Maybe tomorrow.......Manyana? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.Manyana seems like a frantic rush the rate I am going.
Anyway, everything got a good soaking tonight.....fitted a better spray gun to the hose, and happy with it.
Lots of birdsong chorusing away as I watered, so many different and new tweets coos and chirrups without having to get up at daybreak to enjoy.
One thing I treasure about living in this small village, is that unlike the inner city or larger town, neighbours do know each other better...........and tend not to blast drum & base, garage, hip-hop, trance or any other sort of dumbed down muzak in the garden the moment the sun should shine..........Bliss... The distant hum of mowers, family chatter, children playing, that is noise enough and I care not a jot if that labels me one thing or another......I have lived enough seasons to know which I prefer and nature and its own show and song win hands down every time...........

firebird
24-05-17, 21:29
I love your beautiful descriptions. What a lot of plants you are growing. All of your animals as well, how wonderful

stree
27-05-17, 14:17
Glad you enjoy my whitterings:

I planted out the front window boxes yesterday. I gave each one a very good soaking for a couple of days beforehand for the best start for the plants.
I planted red and purple Verbenas, scarlet Diascias, red trailing Lobelias, crimson Callibroachias, and bedding Petunias, and I will probably fill in with some Amaranthus Caudata too. The boxes are south facing and need a lot of watering.........
Also planted out some mid sized containers, one with pink and yellow Nemesia, highly scented, and one with a mix of Surfinia, Lobelia, Petunia and verbena........A smaller bowl shaped pot with Diascia Lobelia and Calibroachia.
More pots yet to do, more Courgettes, mini sized toms, full sized toms, Cosmos, Nemesia, Diascia,Bacopa, Amaranthus, Lobelia, Sunflowers, bedding petunia and more..................All waiting for a home.....and Sunflowers to plant in the ground somewhere.
Finding it very hard to get a breath in this heat, easy to get too hot.
Glad to say I got letters for Pulmonary rehab yesterday, and also an assessment date for portable oxygen.... I hope these help.

stree
13-06-17, 14:04
Pretty grim last week or so.......another medical appt on Thursday...........Got turned down for Pulmonary rehab last Friday.... not well enough. Hmmmmmm.
On top of that, the rain and wind have been merciless. The 7 sunflowers I planted out just before it all began have but one survivor............No sign of the rest bar the odd shrivelled leaf...........The wind and rain flattened them then the slugs and snails, ants, earthworms, birds, voles..... I think everything had a go at them........I still have 4 or 5 seedlings left in the greenhouse, but they really should have been out by now. Have to gird my loins for that.
The sweetpeas and others just seemed to be glad of the drink and found the wind rather bracing, they seem to be almost grinning with delight at it all...............So they do have a nice show, quite beautiful.
Also noted just before the weather turned, the peony: It is "Bowl of Beauty" a Japanese cultivar, introduced to this country in 1949. very common, quite sturdy.......It had just put out it`s first full blooms.........Perfect cupped pink hands, holding a glowing pool of gold............and delighted bees...........a week later, the washed out loose petals like the tattered sails of a storm lashed yacht abandoned and folorn............Ah well, lots more blooms coming to take the place of those lost......
It did save me watering pots bowls and baskets. one solace. All of which are looking well fed and refreshed, eager to show off their new finery, so that`s a heartening sight.
And the honeysuckle: Planted a couple of years ago, alongside an archway I made, now climbing right over it and very lush and thick, with a million flecks of white gold and pink as the flowers begin...........The scent travels right across the garden...........and the bees upon it, delirious with choice of so many cups of nectar, lazily flitting from one to the next, they cannot get their fill............
Of course the weeds love all this rain too............So as much as I can gather goes in for the chickens, and Rosie the rabbit....Will potter on and do what I can, whilst remembering to enjoy it too, each season is too fleeting just to be seen as a series of chores...........Carp Diem...

firebird
13-06-17, 15:25
I just love your poetic descriptions, quite beautiful. My imagination is filled with tattered sails and bees buzzing around the blooms. Brilliant

stree
13-06-17, 18:58
Aww what a nice thing to say............Thank you..........
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Here is some Lonicera Japonica for you............

Its an evening that the honeysuckle has to itself,
in unexpected corners,
found still and half sunlit,
pouring itself unexpected, scented, vibrant,
silent.
each moment its own saviour
each instant new with ripplefurled leaf and petal thriving and striving, hearing what we cannot,
still knowing what we have forgot
Roots in earth, flower in time with the sky.
Our forgotten time, that we just let slip right by......

firebird
14-06-17, 19:52
My goodness, how lovely. You should get published. Absolutely wonderful Stree.

stree
14-06-17, 21:08
I think in poems now and again.............usually privately......my quiet appreciation of the world.

Barbara1951
15-06-17, 20:32
love sweetpea but find it hard to grow from seed no greenhouse .Have let my back garden grow a bit wild this year well havnt been well really but finding lots of interesting insects .Watched a bluebottle for ages it seemed to be blowing bubbles from what I presumed was a nostril (do flys have nostrils?) it would blow up slowly then deflated slowly this went on for around seven minutes then it flew off Lots of ladybirds they seem to like the underside of the nettles Talking of nettles think I might try making beer with them

stree
15-06-17, 21:02
I grow from seed usually in September, still warm enough for them to germinate, and the cold will not bother them once growing, in fact it helps because it slows growth and stops them getting leggy.....I grow in an unheated greenhouse. A simple cold frame would do the same job. Then they are usually fine to plant out February onwards. Frost is not a problem for sweetpeas, they just thaw and carry on.
Nettle beer would be nice! Give it a try.............
A sweetpea poem.......................


The sweetpeas today, had the ruby velvet of a great Aunts best dress,
The blue of the Norfolk sky at dawn, the sweet pink of my Grandaughters cheek ,
the deep cream of a young Bucks fur covered horn,
I gazed at these with a clear sky behind,
I was lost in the wonder and the world was left .....
This is Joy, being part of the day.
This is Joy,
Being part of the Way.

nukecad
16-06-17, 00:31
love sweetpea but find it hard to grow from seed no greenhouse
I always used to sow them directly into the ground in April where they would grow up netting fixed to a south facing wall.
This was in NW England, if you are down south you could do it earlier.
It's probably still not too late to plant some now.

Just take the dried seed and poke it about 1cm (1/2") under the soil, your little finger up to the first knuckle makes a good 'dibber'.
I used to plant them about a hands width apart.
Cover over, water well but don't drown them, and then let them get on with growing.
Make sure they don't dry out, especially if south facing, water at night as needed.

If you have had trouble getting the seeds to germinate in the past, you could try soaking them overnight before sowing.
Or you can try slightly cracking the seed’s outer coating just before sowing. On the opposite side to the seed’s black ‘eye’ or scar use a sharp knife to nick the outer shell, or rub gently with sandpaper.

PS.
You can make mini-greenhouses by putting a plastic sandwich bag over the top of a small plant pot.
You can keep it in place with an elastic band, make a few air holes in the bag.
You can remove the bag to water, or stand the pot in a tray and add water from the bottom.