I told those who read my Six on Saturday post that I would begin planting out the next day and Reader, as promised, I did! Not only did I plant out some of the seedlings, I also planted out the most advanced of the dahlias, six so far in the above bed and three in the bed shown below. With more space to stretch their limbs they should begin to romp away soon, especially with a combination of warmth and dampness and no prospect of frost.
The majority of last year’s tubers came through the winter successfully, tucked up out of the cold, and I have bought only two new ones this year, David Howard and a replacement Bishop of Llandaff, acquired as rooted cuttings from Halls of Heddon. The sweet peas in the above bed are Gwendoline and King George VI, and a variety called Sorbet Mix from Chiltern Seeds below; all are doing well. Between them I have popped some lettuce plugs from Aldi.
In the cutting beds I have either planted out or placed in position all the potted-on seedlings of a viable size, and My Goodness! doesn’t it feel good?! It’s one of the year’s rituals, the first planting out and, despite another dry and warm day on Monday, today has been one of gentle rain so everything is now well-watered in. Good timing indeed! This year, for the first time, I am going to use horizontal netting for support, something I have seen done successfully on other blogs.
Pressure for space in the greenhouse has immediately been reduced (as has the demand for 6-cell trays) but it’s still pretty full in there, and although those 322 plug plants are begging to be planted out, most of them are destined for pots still full of tulips. At first I pinched off the flowers as the buds appeared, but gave up trying to keep up with them as they responded favourably to all the sunshine and flourished. It may have to be a pot-by-pot process as the tulips fade, but in the meantime they make a pretty display in the greenhouse.