|Seeds from Stokes and Renee's Gardens and marker stakes.|
I've identified an area that needs to be cleaned out and re-purposed as a cutting garden, but decided that maybe it's too small for the seeds I want to plant, so laid out a second area in the "bowling alley" - that long, straight side yard with which we have never been particularly excited. It gets lots of morning sun, but water will be a problem. The area I laid out is bounded by the camellia and a small Japanese maple tree - about 25 feet long and four feet wide. If I do get flowers the color will be seen from the street, but not the detail. It will add a layer of color to the side yard.
Using the instructions from Belinda's friend Ben, I set out this afternoon to plant the hardy annuals I bought ... Nigella (Love in the Mist) in pink
|Grass killed, dug out, raked with plant food and humus added.|
In fairness I should say that Belinda did not recommend growing larkspur, but it's one of those flowers that I have wanted to grow since I was a teenager. I think I first met it in a Nancy Drew mystery, something like "The Mystery on Larkspur Lane". Have bought seeds several times, but always discovered too late that they should have been planted in the fall - not this time!
I followed Ben's directions: watered first, marked the rows with sand, and then watered it all again. Ben didn't tell me to put in tags, but I did it anyway!
|Rows marked with sand and labeled.|
While I only used about 2/3 of the seeds, I am not sure where I will find enough space to plant the rest of what I already have. In addition to these, I have plenty of seeds for spring - scabiosa, cosmos, cornflowers, and sweet peas, plus astrantia and zinnias that are ordered, but have not yet arrived. Had planned to do a second planting in a couple of weeks, but now I am thinking of waiting until spring and just mixing all of the leftover seed together and broadcasing it - but I don't have a clue where!
So, now we wait. I'll let them come up in a couple of weeks and get started, then they follow Persephone to Hades and sleep for the winter, to re-emerge in March ... hopefully with flowers! This is so much fun!
*I know it's only Tuesday, but couldn't wait until tomorrow!