Monday, 9 February 2015

In A Vase On Monday - Jumblies Solo

Good Afternoon Everyone,

It's Monday and time to join Cathy over at Rambling in The Garden with a vase of whatever I can find in the garden. Right now there's precious little to find although there are signs of life to be seen, for example these almost ready to bloom dwarf narcissii.
These buds from a pot of Jumblies were picked and brought in yesterday in the hope that the warmth of the house would coax them to open up.

As you can see, only one has obliged! Tiny but perfectly formed.

Now there might be very little to see in the garden just yet - it's been bitterly cold and frosty recently, but just look what the postman delivered on Saturday.  
All these lovely packets of gorgeousness - so much promise of beauty to come. This is the selection received from the Cottage Garden Society seed exchange. I was lucky, only one substitute, the rest were as chosen. Here's a list of the contents: Agastache ex 'Pink Perfume'; Ammi majus;  Anethum graveolens (Dill); Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon mixed tall); Astrantia ex 'Roma'; Briza maxima; Bronze Fennel; Bupleurum rotundifolim; Cleome unspecified; Cosmos sulphureus; Cerinthe major ex 'Purpurascens'; Echinace purpurea ex 'White Swan'; Escholzia californica ex pink; Euphorbia wallichii ex 'Lemon and Lime'; Filipendula ulmaria (Meadowsweet); Hesperis matronalis (Sweet Rocket); Panicum elegans ex 'Frosted'; Salvia pratensis (Meadow Clary); Thalictrum mixed; Mixed Annuals. All for the princely sum of £5!

The Agastache was substituted for Daucus carota (Wild Carrot). That's been ordered from Sarah Raven today. The propagator has been dug out of the shed and tested - it's about 20 years old and still working just fine - and the stock of seed sowing compost and vermiculite checked. The cutting patch is ready and waiting too. I can't wait to get started and hopefully I'll have plenty to fill umpteen vases over the coming summer :)

In the meantime I'm filling my time looking through gardening books for sowing and growing instructions and looking for photos so that I have some idea of what they look like, how tall they grow, how far they spread, what kind of conditions they like. Once that is all done I should be able to decide where the best place is in the garden to grow them. All that should keep me occupied for a while :)

Happy Gardening,


Sandra H said...

Flower looks really opened out and looking so pretty and the seeds wow that's going to be a glowing colourful garden xx said...

Lovely to see the first daffodils Elizabeth and what a lot of exciting seeds you have to sow!! I love this time of year with all the preparation and planning.

Donna said...

A lovely daff with more promise to come. And so many lovelies to sow. I look forward to the future vases.

Craftychris said...

So pretty! Judging by those seeds, your garden will be awesome! xxx

Kris Peterson said...

You're going to be busy! I love the little daffodil - I've yet to see one in bloom here yet.

Jackie said...

What a wonderful promise of Spring in your beautiful lobe daffodil, and a promise of summer colour in those packets of seeds :o)
Jackie xx

Jackie said...

Obviously that should have been "lone" daffodil :o)

Anonymous said...

I have tried the bringing in early trick before too - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't - but you will be able to enjoy all 3 which is the whole point of our Monday vases! The group of 3 vases will look great - ideal! And what an exciting haul of seeds - did you have to donate some yourself?

Anonymous said...

Hello Elizabeth, The Cottage garden society sounds interesting, is this seed saved by members they are offering? I miss my heated propagator, it gave up the ghost last year, good luck with your seed sowing.