We’re back from a few days in Cornwall and a visit to the wonderful Port Eliot festival. There was lots of creative stuff to see and do, some good food and walled gardens with spectacular flowers grown from seed.
Many of the plants were supplied as seeds by the charming Higgledy Gardener.
There’s always something quite magical about the whole process of tiny seeds growing into substantial flowering plants in just a few weeks, scaled up to a big border the impact is quite spectacular.All of these were sown in mid-April, that’s just three and a half months to a riotous flowery mix, admired by everyone and loved by bees.
Admittedly this is in a walled garden in Cornwall, which is a nice mild place for plants to grow. Further north and about three more weeks would be needed to get to this stage, but so much joy for so little trouble and expense has got to be worth it, wherever you live.
To do really well, these seeds need:
- finely raked soil to be sown in, they just haven’t got the strength to get through lumpy soil
- a sunny position
- thinning out so they have enough room to grow
- watering in dry periods until they’re fully grown
and that’s it.
If you can’t wait until next year, you can get cracking now and plant hardy annuals, they’ll be tougher little plants and flower earlier than annuals sown next spring.
Happy gardening, Jill
all photos: Jill Anderson.