It has been a week of crossing things off lists with lots of weeding around the garden, ordering florist’s sundries in preparation for wedding posies and finishing off the wedding sonnet and my wedding outfit. Oh, and today several hours were spent planting out all the hardy annuals that had been sown in the autumn – you can see how many by the stack of empty cell trays and labels shown above. Too many in fact…
Most should really have been planted out last year and have been in their trays for -ahem!- up to 6 months, but when there is greenhouse space over winter I have been reluctant to subject them to the cool, damp ground outside although I am sure they would have grown into stronger plants if they had been. They were finally evicted from the greenhouse a fortnight or so ago and have been under net cloches since. Today with its mild temperature and occasional showers seemed to provide perfect planting out conditions and I am well pleased to have ticked this job off. A mental note has been made of possible second sowings of some of them as seed sowing has otherwise all but ground to a halt until the planned late sowing of zinnias. You can see what has been sown so far under the ‘Sowing 2015-16’ tab above.
With Younger Daughter’s wedding only 3 weeks away potential wedding posy flowers are being monitored on a more than daily basis. With the challenge of a red, white and blue theme choices are inevitably restricted, but I am fairly confident of being able to produce something – for her and the Poppet that is, but not so for the two older bridesmaids for whom largely red posies have been requested.
The first batch of greenhouse grown Dr Fokker and The Bride anemones have been repotted into much larger pots to encourage more flowers and had been moved outside to slow the opening of buds but I think they now may go back into the greenhouse to speed up new buds… In or out? Speed up or slow down? Nature will do as she chooses and I will leave it largely up to her – but shan’t hold her responsible for the demise of Hollandia…as so few corms had grown I transferred the contents of all 3 greenhouse batches to one pot, and found several slimy remnants of the original corms. It was the same in all 3 batches and most of those planted outside have failed too, so sadly I suspect something that came with the corms…
My red tulip alternatives, Tulip linifolia, are at the most only 3 or 4 inches of foliage, and existing red species tulips, quite possibly also T Linifolia but their label has long since gone, may well have finished flowering before the end of April – but perfect for a wedding today!
The Winter Sunshine (red, white and blue) sweet peas, however, are causing excitement as they now have visible buds:
How many weeks to the wedding? Three? Ah well….
Other blues and whites are more accommodating, with blooms starting to appear on Narcissus Bridal Crown and also Narcissus Thalia and Petrel, the latter two not grown with the wedding in mind but because I wanted some white daffs. And if push came to shove, wild garlic blooms would look most fetching in a posy… 😉
The muscari should still be strutting its stuff and by then should be joined by a bevy of bluebells, so blues are definitely sorted:
Watch out for further updates and perhaps some practice posies and buttonholes!