The broad bean and onion seeds begin to germinate

The last few days have been fairly mild in my part of the UK, apart from today when snow had a go at falling, but was thwarted by the waterlogged ground, and the (now) blazing sunshine.

This hasn’t deterred my seeds though, most of which I sowed about 10 days ago.

The Onion ‘Walla Walla’ seeds were soon up and are showing the familiar lush green onion stems reaching upwards. These are my first onions, so it’s good to see that they’re off to a positive start.

The Onion ‘Walla Walla’ seedlings emerge from the compost.

They are joined by Broad Bean ‘De Monica’ which have all uncurled in their trays and are about to show their familiar leaves to me. The Broad Bean ‘Crimson Flowered’ have yet to emerge, but this is fine with me.

The Ox-Eye Daisy seedlings have just begun to appear, as have some other seeds that I sowed as part of a kit my sister bought me for Christmas – which gives me Basil, Chives, and Curled-leaf Parsley. I usually cannot keep Basil alive for love nor money, so the fact that it’s germinating without heat, is a modern miracle.

These vivid green signs of growth are encouraging, indoors and out. My ‘persuasion’ hedge has begun popping it’s Hawthorn leaves, and a rash of yellow Daffodils are looking nice at the front of my garden (even if the local kids do pick some of them and then throw the flowers on the lawn – zero reasons, zero braincells).

Geranium 'Red' on flower.
One of last year’s Geranium’s on flower in my kitchen.

Last year’s Geranium ‘Red’ plants are thriving. I only brought these indoors a few weeks back, and they are loving it. They can tolerate hot temperatures, so the thrill of the central heating from their windowsill vantage point is ushering their green leaves and a wonderfully welcome display of red flowers.

How is your garden coming along so far?

As ever, thanks for reading, and happy gardening!


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