The first seedlings appear

The first seedlings have broken through the compost, some just a couple of days after being sown.

This is an exciting time of year, as my propagators begin to appear on windowsills and start to fill up – i’ve already been to the garden centre several times to buy supplies including some more new propagator lids.

Sweet Peas germinating

Some people have a tough time getting sweet peas to germinate – some just throw them into the garden and they grow like weeds, others get nothing, others soak them overnight in water to break their shells. I just pop them in compost, give them a good soak, and put them somewhere warm-ish and wait.

I don’t always get a good germination rate, but I’m pleased to see that the Sweet Pea ‘Cupani’ have at least two seedlings emerging from their toilet roll pots. I’ve grown these for a few years with mixed results, but they are so elegant, and they are believed to be the first variety.

A Sweet Pea 'Cupani' seedling
The first Sweet Pea ‘Cupani’ seedling to emerge from the toilet roll plant pots.

These Sweet Peas should hopefully be joined by a later sowing of Sweet Pea ‘Old Fashioned Mix’ which I sowed just a few days later (no sign of them yet).

Also bursting out of the compost are the Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’ seedlings. These were a late choice last year, and I’m glad I went for them, as they didn’t mind the tough heat conditions, or the shade, and they flowered for so long. I’m not even sure that they’re completely dead yet either, as I pruned a few down to see if they’d shoot back.

The Rudbeckia ‘Marmalade’ seedlings have arrived too.

Still, the new 2019 seedlings are ready to go and these sturdy plants should add some cheerful daisy-like flowers to the garden this year.

The Cosmos ‘Seashells Mixed’ are doing their usual uneven germination with wonky plants that go crazy. A number of these usually topple and die in the first few weeks – like they simply burn out, but they’re worth the effort as they are so delicate and beautiful, that I wouldn’t want to miss them from the garden.

Pink Cosmos 'Seashells Mixed' flower in sunshine
Cosmos came in many colours.

The Antirrhinum ‘Chuckles’ seedlings are up, but these are tiny and don’t yet warrant a photograph. I’ve grown those for many years, and usually once you’ve got them, they last for years. Some of the plants even over-winter. They seed like crazy, except last year’s heat seemed to have killed most of them off.

The Chenopodium ‘Strawberry Sticks’ have sent at least one seedling out into the world. These were tiny little seeds, so hopefully there will be more to make it towards the light as I’m really curious as to how these will grow/look/taste.

Salvia Farinacea Victoria seedlings
Salvia ‘Farinacea Victoria’ seedlings

Lastly, the Salvia ‘Farinacea Victoria’ seedlings have germinated really well – which is a nice change as I’ve found these quite difficult in previous years. I really enjoy their bright blue spires of flowers, and thick green leaves, so I’m glad they’ve made it.

I love the blue-y coloured spires of the Salvia ‘Farinacea Victoria’.

In the next few days, I shall be sowing many more seeds, and catching up on garden jobs that need doing in preparation for this year’s summer of colour and food.

As ever, thank you for reading, and happy gardening.

Andrew

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