Well, spring has finally arrived and I’m starting to sow flower seeds for my garden.
I’ve been inspired by these photos that I took at Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of years ago.
The photo shows:
Tall yellow Achillea
Blue spires Delphiniums
White Ammi majus
Dark purple Cornflowers
These flowers are grown like a crop in a vegetable garden, to be cut and used rather than arranged or designed as a permanent border.
The advantages, apart from having lovely plants in your garden, are:
- You can grow flowers that aren’t easily available in the shops, e.g. Ammi majus, a wonderful type of well-behaved Cow Parsley.
- You’ll have flowers to pick right on your door-step.
- You’ve done your bit to reduce the number of air-miles when flowers are jetted in from abroad.
- It’s much, much cheaper than buying from the supermarket.
- It’s sustainable if you collect your own seed at the end of the season and use it next year.
If you don’t have the luxury of a special area to grow flowers, you can tuck them in borders, cottage garden style, as long as they get enough light and aren’t over-shadowed by neighbouring shrubs, or grow smaller types in containers.
Don’t let your enthusiasm get the better of you and sow the seeds too early, they need plenty of light and warmth to germinate.
I’m sowing them in a green-house to give them an earlier start in more controlled conditions, rather than leave them to the variations in temperature of an English Spring.
If you plan on sowing seeds outdoors, wait until you see the soil colonised by tiny weeds, then you’ll know it’s warm enough.
There’s a wonderful choice of seeds from these people
Special Plants Nursery:
Click here to see tips on organising seeds so you won’t forget when to sow them.
You can get masses of plants from a packet of seeds, so have a go and don’t give up if it doesn’t work the first time.
images: Jill Anderson