Lavenders & Lobelia
…. For getting down and dirty in the garden!
The sun surprised us by showing its face this morning. Determined not to miss a good day of being outside I weeded the Lavender patch again – Seems like only yesterday when I did it last – trimmed the grass and sat back with a beer whilst the OH mowed the lawn. Have to say our front garden is looking more like a ‘looked after’ garden now and less like a forest. I did plan to do all sorts – finish digging the back garden, move my greenhouse, plant out the herb patch, lobelia, sweet peas and morning glories. All I have managed to do is sow 4 troughs of mixed salad seeds (one of which is my BBC Dig In Salads), plant out the lobelia (bush blue and trailing white) in and around my lavenders (hopefully the ground cover will stop my cats from using the area as a toilet) and help pot on my Mum’s tree that we bought for her birthday.
Huge Lemon Balm leaves making themselves known by my front door.
Still, tomorrow is another day…..
You remember those cuttings I took sometime last week, from the Lemon Balm? Well, I know it’s only been a week or so, but they really aren’t looking too healthy. Maybe the cuttings should have been shorter? I dunno. Anyway, I’ve decided to leave them a while longer to see if they perk up a little. In the meantime, I have sowed some Lemon Balm seeds. Just incase the cuttings don’t work.
I’ve also potted up some Agastache and Candytuft. They’re going to look beautiful in my front garden.
This picture here is a Lavender seedling. Is it so very wrong of me to have loved this one little seedling that much to give it it’s own little pot? Away from the others? I must be going mad.
I woke up this morning to find that one of my Lemon Balm cuttings has become Alfie’s latest play-thing.
So armed with a fresh cutting, my next point of action was this:
Try and get at them now, you little swine!!
My Lemon Balm seeds came this morning and upon closer inspection of the plant on the packet, I noticed it looked very familiar. So off I went, searching the many ‘overgrown’ plants around our gardens and stumbled across this one plant, situated by our front door. This one plant has been driving me bananas since we moved in (February) as it is slowly but surely taking over the footpath. I (being the total ignorant non-gardener) thought it was a stingy weed or something – hence me warning the kids not to touch it. Anyway turns out, whilst holding the packet of seeds against the plant, that it is indeed a Lemon Balm…. Bloody Nora!
One rub of the leaf and I was in lemon-heaven!
Decided to take two cuttings and see if I can grow on from them. One has been dipped in rooting powder and the other hasn’t. We’ll see how they progress. Not too sure what to do with the plant now though. It’s in such an awkward spot and it’s really overgrown (plus looks like aphids have/or are starting to attack) so I’m not sure whether to pull the whole thing up, split it and keep in pots or just pull it up and offer it to a neighbour. Hmmm, what to do?!
I also received my Young Border Auricula plant and Fennel seeds. Can’t wait to see if the Auricula actually flowers, but I could be waiting a few years yet. Oh and I nipped into a charity shop whilst on my travels and picked up 2 gardening books for a few quid and they’re already pointing me in the right direction for designing my front garden.
Ooooh, nearly forgot to mention. I had a telephone call this morning from Norfolk Greenhouses, looks like my greenhouse will be here a lot sooner than I first thought. They said it should be with me within 7 days. Woo hoo!!! – Now I better get that back patch in the garden ready….
This morning I let the cats out as normal and after going to relieve themselves (I’m guessing that’s what they needed to do!) – I caught Monty having a good sniff at the strawberry plants. A second later, I caught him biting at the flowers and I actually caught him mid-bite, before spraying him with some water.
Having plants around my cats is such a bad idea…. It was Alfie pulling up the Sunflowers a few days ago. The buggers!
All seedlings are doing very well and without wanting to bore you with pictures galore of all of them, I’ve uploaded progress pics to my Flickr account and I shall continue to do so. So if I’ve not posted a pic of a particular thing I’m growing on my blog. Be sure to find it here.
Also potted up some Morning Glory last night, for my front garden. Can’t wait to see if they do actually come through. Got my Cornflower Blue Balls through the post this morning, so might pot them tonight.
Things I’m waiting for: Common Fennel seeds, Border Auriculas (young plant) and some Lemon Balm seeds.