Hi there! Welcome to my blog. I last spoke about how times are feeling tough, so now I want to share what I’ve been doing to lift my spirits. SEED SHOPPING! Yes, that’s right, I’ve been seed shopping. It has been wonderful to plan what will go in the garden when the weather warms up again. The weather has been horrible (read: very, very wet) which has directly influenced the huge quantity of seed packets I have ordered!
I have decided to switch things up a bit this year. I am a geranium girl. I think I have always had geraniums in planters on the back deck. I almost always have pink geraniums, with the odd year where I might go red. But this year I’m not going to have geraniums and I’m going to try lots of different flowers in lots of different colors. Well, at least the plan is to grow them from seed and if that works then I’ll have flowers. We’ll see!
The first batch of seeds have arrived already. They came from Irish Plants Direct. I confess that I am most excited for the Coleus Rainbow Mix. Our next door neighbors back in Manlius, New York, were very special to us and Betty always had Coleus in her summer planters. I think of Betty whenever I see them (as I’d never really noticed Coleus before seeing her planters.). Sadly, Betty passed away in 2019 and I still miss her dearly. So I’ll be planting them in her honor.
As for the rest of the planters, I have some cockscomb, zinnia, and Helichrysum strawflower Tom Thumb to try out. They all should provide lots of color!
I have grown sunflowers the past number of years because I think they are just fabulous. Although I still have some seeds from last year, I decided to add a few different varieties to the mix. There will be some shorter ones (Waooh) and some darker (a wine-red color) ones (Claret) as well as the standard version.
Sweet peas are another staple in my garden, mainly for their scent! I’ll try a different organic mix this year, called old spice.
I’ll also grow nasturtium and Bells of Ireland. The last item, Gourd seeds, was a ‘Ah sure, let’s give it a try’ kinda purchase. I’m hoping they will be fun to grow and harvest!
The real influence to go all out with seeds this year was the government recommending that we plan for ‘staycations’ again this year. If we’re going to be home all year, I want to have as many flowers as possible!
Those are a good start to my garden planning!
What have you been doing to stay mindfully busy during these times? I hope you are staying mentally well and healthy. 🙂
Although we have seen quite a lot of rain, there were a few times when the sun came out (ever so briefly). These snowdrops are covered in raindrops but are looking lovely!
My Frilly Isabelle hellebore is much slower to bloom this year, although it is starting to slowly look itself again.
A lovely closeup of the flowers, which usually hang down. Here you can see their frilliness!
Quite a different looking hellebore is this Winter Sunshine one. I’ve cut the leaves completely back as they were covered in black spot (typical for this plant at this time of year). Last year, after cutting the leaves at the start of the season, they remained healthy throughout the entire year, which was a real treat!
Here’s a look at the garlic. It is ever so slowly growing! I can almost see all of the rows. (We planted some of them a tiny bit too deep, so it’ll be interesting to see how they do!)
This is how things were for a very long time – rainy and foggy!
This is Kitty. She isn’t usually allowed in my ‘office’ because she’ll try to be close to me in the most awkward way possible. Here she is hanging off of the table/desk directly in front of my keyboard…
And here is the first batch of seeds to arrive! Thank you Irish Plants Direct!
The weather has been so changeable! We had blue skies for a couple of hours on this day, and then the sky turned dark again. At least we managed to see the sun for a tiny bit!
Thank you again for visiting! Stay safe! 🙂
Another very beautiful post, Dana! Hope in the new seeds and hope in life! Thank you! 🙂
Thank you Fabio. That’s exactly right, hope in new seeds and hope in life! I hope you are also well. 🙂
Thanks so much, Dana! I am looking forward to seeing your garden during the spring. It will be fun to follow the changes. I wish you and your family the very best! Hopefully, you will get the vaccine soon and be able to travel to the States to see your family and friends. Take care! 🙂
Looks like a lovely array of colors and textures. I’ve already seeded my coleus and they are sprouted. They are SO SLOW, and I noted in my journal to start them two weeks earlier in order to have decent sized plants to put out after danger of frost. The seed is like dust. Best of luck with all your new flowers.
Hi Carolee! Thank you for the heads up with the coleus! I will make a note of that. Fingers crossed that I get the range of colors that I am hoping for with all of these seeds! 🙂
We haven’t done much regarding seed so far – we ordered and they were delivered a good while back but we haven’t sown anything yet. There are a few batches of Ammi majus seedlings overwintering in the glasshouse and that is all. Garlic is going well here, about 30cm high. Snowdrops also doing well.
Hi Paddy, in ‘normal’ years I would order my seeds late (I have been using my own seeds for sweet pea and sunflowers, though). But last year I learned from that ‘mistake’ as there were very few seeds left by the time I went to order! So I’m happy that I have everything that I wanted. The next big job is getting them sown on time!
Glad to hear you, and your garden, are doing well! 🙂