Sowing the seeds of 2017

Inspired by the warmer spring weather here in the midlands of the UK, I’ve just been sowing a few of the seeds that I want to see in my garden this year.

The recent media-fuelled panic of the Courgette Crisis really irritated me, partly because it was self-perpetuated by the press, and partly because I eat a lot of courgette as a healthier lower-carb option to eating pasta or spaghetti. I’ve done this for years now.

Therefore, I’ve just sown some Courgette seeds that I found in an old packet. No guarantee that they’ll germinate, but I like to give nature a chance as it can do some exceptionally amazing things when the odds are against it!

The last few years have been abysmal for Courgettes in my garden. The herds of snails and slugs have taken great delight in munching through main stems and baby courgettes, along with mildew, and also my neighbour’s careless midnight wheelie bin trundles (they have a right of access through my garden), and of course blasts of sudden strong winds that see the courgette plant act like an umbrella in a gale.

But this year, in about 6 weeks time, I move house and I shall have a larger, blank, enclosed garden, which currently has a tired lawn reaching to every edge and corner, that’s been the playground of a toddler and a dog. So, I’m keen to soon plant things in this so that I don’t miss a year’s worth of growing. The courgettes are sown and I’ve also sown some other seeds too, and placed them in my trusty little propagator.

I’ve planted:

  • Lupin ‘Band Of Nobles Mixed’
  • Hollyhock ‘Majorette Mixed’
  • Salvia ‘Farinacea Victoria’

The Salvia has always been a great addition to my garden – I love blue flowers, as do bees, and I like bees too!

The Lupins and Hollyhocks were amongst a bundle of seed packets that were given to me by friend Anne, who knew I would be moving in 2017 (and she gave me some smart new shears too). These plants will give me some flowering height and I’ll probably add some poppies and sunflowers too, but I’ll sow them another time.

Bergenia 'Cordifloria'
Bergenia ‘Cordifolia’

Yesterday I even ventured to my local garden centre, where the car park was almost full, and wandered through the lush green plants for inspiration, I stumbled across some Bergenia ‘Cordifolia’ which reminded me of my mother’s garden so I chose a couple of healthy looking plants and brought them home for planting out in my forthcoming garden.

Anyway, with 2017 garden plans and dreams forming in my head, I bid you happy gardening!

Andrew

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