I’m in the habit of writing my Saturday posts on Fridays but here we are, Saturday morning and nothing done. Good thing the sun is shining and early morning photos can be taken.
Chillies. I sowed three sorts and put them on a south facing windowsill on 3/3/18. Two sorts, ‘Apache’ and ‘Ring of Fire’, germinated 100% and were pricked out into 9cm pots, ten of each. When they outgrew those, I moved them on into 1L pots, kept six of each on the windowsill and put the remaining four in the greenhouse. Today I shall pot on the sixes and move them to the greenhouse and move the fours, which have fallen behind in growth, back to the sunny windowsill.
Dahlias (1). I left all my Dahlias in the ground over winter, covering each with a mound of leaves. A few weeks back I removed the leaves and very slowly, shoots have been pushing up. It’s been a nervous time as they are very vulnerable to slugs or an unexpectedly cold night, but they seem almost all to be under way. A couple are still to show.
Dahlias (2). I have two trays of Dahlia seedlings from seed I collected from my own plants last year. I think these are ‘Veritable’, the others are ‘Orange Cushion’. I was very surprised at the quality and range of colours I got from a batch I did from ‘Orange Cushion’ a couple of years back, it’s encouraged me to do more. Allotment two is becoming a trial ground.
I imagine most gardeners see little wrong in liberating seed when it is otherwise going to drop to the ground and be lost. These came from a nearby park. I had long wanted the yellow candelabra primula; it was P. helodoxa when I was a lad. P. smithiana, P. prolifera, P. ianthina, Aleuritia prolifera and P. prolifera subsp. smithiana all seem to get a look in these days.
They get tall, 3ft., and are a lovely clear yellow. I don’t care what they’re called.
Spiraea japonica ‘Abigail’. In nursery days I found a few yellow leaved seedlings of Spiraea growing in the gravel beds, presumably progeny of one of the two or three forms we were selling at the time. I rescued them, potted them up and eventually picked the best of them to plant at home. From that we took cuttings and sold quite a few in the nursery, though the name was never registered officially. This is the original plant, still in my garden and very bright at this time of year. Abigail, my niece, was a toddler then; she’s at Uni now. She’s very bright at all times of year.
The allotment doubles as a trial ground and the garden doubles as a production facility for flowers suitable for pressing, drying and making up into cards. Here are some of the montages/collages that Sue makes up before sticking them onto cards. She uses a flower press that goes in the microwave, does the pressing in minutes. She sells them at craft fairs; handmade, absolutely unique and too cheap.
Right, it’s way too nice to be sat indoors at the computer, I have much to do in the garden. I don’t doubt there’ll be a growing list of links to other sixes appended to host The Propagator’s weekly dispatch. Following them may have to wait till later, but follow them I will and you should too.