A compromise has been decided on, and some of Christmas Carol’s leaves have been trimmed – you can see from the pile that they are indeed perfectly healthy and perhaps appreciate why I was so reluctant to remove them. It may be that she is so happy there that she has retained every leaf she has ever produced (which might explain the density of them) and on that premise it was the chunkier ones that were cut – the fact that the offshoot I removed and planted separately had taller and more sparse foliage adds weight to this conclusion. The main plant still looks as happy as she ever did, but there is now less of a struggle to admire her flowers.
Meanwhile, some organisation was being put into place for this year’s seed sowing, which hopefully will be less haphazard than it has been. Last year saw some improvement in the process and more timely sowing, but I was overambitious with early sowing and have learned a lesson from that. The first seed purchasing expedition was to our local garden centre for Thompson and Morgan seeds at 50% off, then to another nearby garden centre last Wednesday with a wider range for a 10% discount and finally an internet order to Sarah Raven (again with 10% discount!). It’s worth knowing that Sarah Raven seeds are more expensive instore than buying direct, although there is postage to take into account. T&M also had some trial seeds at 99p and a small selection of seeds free with any other two packets, so there were some things added that were not on my original list. SR’s seeds should be arriving tomorrow and will join the appropriate piles which have been sorted today, based on time of sowing and whether they need any heat. Three packets of sweet peas were sown yesterday, a few months behind an October sown packet and I have surprised even myself with this precocity!