Now is a good time to start sowing seeds – any flowers of your choice – for an abundance of colour from summer through to Autumn
Popppies are prolific self seeders and once you plant them in your garden they will continue to self seed every year over the years – they provide a late spring/an early summer colourful display and the bees just can’t get enough of them either
Whether you choose the traditional red or a colourful mix of orange and yellow they will bring sunshine to your garden everyday
And then have fun after the blooms fade pressing the flowers and making your own creations for cards, decorating present wrapping etc
Marigolds are another prolific seed producer. Once you get them in your garden you can collect the seeds annually and sow again in early Spring to produce colourful displays for your summer garden. They don’t tend to self seed like the poppies so best to hand collect the seeds once the flowers have faded. Best grown in pots as the snails love these too! But try not to use slug pellets. When hedgehogs eat the slugs they ingest the pellets too and this in turn destroys them and upsets the whole delicate ecological balance.
Sunshine on a rainy day
and have some fun pressing the flowers…………. to make your own unique creations
The shift in seasons has meant that everything in the garden is blooming about a month later than usual. But thankfully this year they are all still doing their thing. Last year during March it was so wet and soggy and lacking in sunshine that the alliums (which are from the onion family and prefer dryer conditions) didn’t even bloom at all. However this year they have come back in full force and whilst their usual habit is to bloom at the end of April early May, they didn’t bloom until end of May and are still in bloom even though it is nearly mid June.
The Bluebells came and went in April
the forget me nots are still lingering on well into June – insisting not to be forgotten
The orange lillies under the apple tree which have bloomed the first week of June every year like clockwork since I planted them there 10 years ago, still don’t look like they are anyway nearly ready to come into bloom – another couple of weeks perhaps? So the general feel for everything is the blooming time has shifted forward by about a month.
The Poppies seem to be enjoying themselves though and are flowering abundantly and prolifically for the past month with no signs of fading just yet
Yellow and Orange Poppies
Golden Wonders bringing in a ray of sunshine even on dull summer days
The unseasonally cold weather for this year might be keeping us all indoors but I am happy to say that it has not stopped the flowers in the garden coming out to play and cheering me up no end. It might not feel like summer outside but when I look out into the garden it is giving me hope it might arrive any day soon!
Party on Plants!