The windowsill, May 2021


The cosmos (Sonata White and Xanthos), sunflowers (Musicbox), cucumber (Crystal Lemon) and tomatoes (Gardener’s Delight, Golden Sunrise and Outdoor Girl) are all growing well, but it’ll be at least another couple of weeks before I take them all to the plot to harden off then plant out.

By then this cosmos Xanthos may well have started to flower!


It took several sowings before a dwarf tomato Red Robin seed germinated and started growing, and it’s the one I’ll be keeping at home on the windowsill in a 5″/ 12 cm pot.

The other two varieties of sunflowers have been somewhat erratic to germinate and then slow to grow, but I’ve finally got some Holiday (left in picture) and Ms Mars (right).

I’ve one of each calendula Oopsy Daisy, gazania Talent Shades Red and mimosa Pink Sparkles all of which I’ll be repotting into 5″/12 cm pots to keep on the windowsill once there’s room for them.

I’ve not managed to grow mimosa before and it’s a fascinating seedling (bottom right in picture) which I didn’t recognise when it first appeared.

I will try to remember to do a monthly windowsill update from now on.

Take care, and have a good week!

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16 Responses to The windowsill, May 2021

  1. Liz says:

    It is nice that you have enough windowsill facing in the right direction to grow all those plants. What a variety! Will look forward to hearing about their progress.


  2. Jo says:

    It looks like you’ve got a good start with your seedlings. I’ve moved some of my tomato plants to the greenhouse but I sowed some later ones which are still on the windowsill.


  3. CJ says:

    Lovely to see everything up and on its way. I have two pink cosmos waiting to go out as well as some flowers for pots. Waiting to see what the weather will be like first though! CJ xx


  4. menhir1 says:

    A windowsill garden post is a good idea. It is a great extension to the potting shed.

    It is difficult with the weather being so unsettled to make a final decision about exactly when to harden off plants for the plot. Surely, we can hope for growing temperatures at the very least, in May.



  5. Andy Randall says:

    Window sill gardening, love it. Today l planted out my tomato plants as they have grown so big. I have been hardening them off outside during the day over the past week. They are in a sheltered sunny spot, so fingers tightly crossed. Feels good to be back gardening. Have a good plotting week Mike. Andy xx


  6. What a good idea! My window sill is groaning, but it still isnt warm enough to plant out!


  7. snowbird says:

    Those seedlings are looking good. It will interesting to see how they


  8. nikkipolani says:

    Ooh, I like the idea of a monthly sill report. Maybe a twice monthly if there’s a lot of growth.


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