I germinate seed of perennials naturally in a cold frame in the garden. They then germinate when they are ready. Due to much travelling in May, I hadn’t got round to potting on any of the seedlings that had germinated outside… Luckily it has been very cool all of April and May, so that most of the seedlings were still in good condition. However, there were more seedlings than I had bargained on and I finally finished at 10:45 last night after 10 hours potting on some 160 species in the garden!
So far so good, excellent germination outside of Persian shallot (Alium altissimum) – they had germinated some time ago and the young bulbs are already clearly visible. Planted out yesterday at different spacings to see how quickly they grow!
With plenty of rain and a maximum temperature of only 16C so far in May with no frost, it’s been perfect growing conditions for my perennial vegetables. My Udo (Aralia cordata) is nearly as tall as me already!
I just fell in love with a picture of a dandelion from the Caucasus, Taraxacum haemanthum, in this picture from page 76 of the Scottish Rock Garden Club journal “The Rock Garden” (Jan 2014). For a minute I thought the leaves at the front belonged to the dandelion, but they don’t. Just hope it really is that orange!
Akebia quinata has is now flowering out of my roof about 8-10m up! It’s been in flower for a month, but won’t produce fruit (if it ever does) until my second variety flowers. I also have an edible house!
I hadn’t planned any more talks this year, but I was tempted and have accepted to give a talk at the Walled Kitchen Gardens Network 2015 Forum at the Mansion and Kitchen Garden at Croome Court in Worcestershire, UK on Saturday 3rd October! The participants will be walled kitchen garden gardeners!
I will be among kindred spirits, having my own walled garden (my ex- greenhouse) ;)