I made the most of the good weather on Friday by spending the morning tidying up the flower patch.
I checked the perennials – lavender Munstead, mountain cornflower, aquilegia, daffodils, common mallow and oriental poppy – which are showing signs of new growth.
Various annuals had been left to self-seed of which the collomia grandiflora looks well established and the others – including marigolds, cornflowers, love-in-a mist and poppies – will no doubt start to appear soon.
I shall be sowing plenty of annuals – marigolds, cosmos, dianthus, california poppy, several varieties of sunflowers, poached egg plant, linaria Fairy Bouquet, nemophilia Five Spot, nasturtiums, phacelia, rudbeckia and sweetpeas – along with the perennials chicory, chrysanthemums and dianthus.
I’ve got a couple of packets of native British wildflowers which contain cornflower, field poppy, clover, bird’s-foot, trefoil, knapweed, corncockle, red campion, lucerne, daisy and evening primrose. I may sow these on, and around, the wild patch where the log pile and other pond is.
I sow everything direct so it does tend to be rather hit and miss but I generally feel that I don’t do too bad.
My apologies for not including the proper latin names and hope that no one will take me to task for not doing so! Incidentally does anyone know why we generally use them for flowers but not for vegetables?
Here are just a few Flighty’s flowers as a preview of what I hope will be a floriferous summer.