Last seed sowing for February

The weather is at last warming up a bit. It is sunny and almost at the average temperature for the time of year. This means that already the cold greenhouse is warming up. It’s actually reached 15 degrees and, provided the sun stays out (it looks as though it might!) I would expect the temperature to rise further. Unfortunately, the clear sky will mean that it will be cold at night. However, part of the floor is concrete slabs and this will store the heat during the day and release it at night. It will still be cold, but probably not cold enough to freeze.

Today, I sowed the last of the seeds scheduled for February. There is a variety of seeds.

First, Brachycome variety Bravo mixed.

Brachycome bravo

Brachycome’s common name is Swan River Daisy. I don’t know why it is ‘Swan River|’ but it certainly looks like a daisy. It is tallier than a common daisy (8-10ins) and this variety is a mix of three colours. Planted together, they look great for a long period of time. Although this is a hardy annual, and therefore you could, if you wanted, sow them in situ, I like to sow my plants in pots and seed trays. I feel like I have more control that way and I actually enjoy the process of pricking out and potting on. These Seeds were sown in a seed tray on top of the compost and lightly covered with vermiculite.

Next came Echinops ruthenicus variety Platinum Blue.

Echinops ruthenicus

This is known as Globe Thistle and actually looks like a miniature thistle. It is not prickly though. I used them in my wedding bouquet when I got married. The seed was sown on the surface of 3 inch pots, two seeds per pot and covered with vermiculite.

Although I already have Lavender in my garden (I actually have a variety called Hidcote) I want some more, so I have chosen a variety called Lavender Angustifolia Munstead Dwarf

lavender munstead

I heve sowed in a seed tray on the surface and covered with vermiculite. This variety is 12 –24 ins (30-60cm) tall so is ideal for edging and hedging. It has deep blue flowers all summer long and a god strong scent, so I Will enjoy this.

I always think Lupin are one of the most majestic of flowers, particularly if they are planted marching up a slope. I have sown a variety called Lupin regalis Band of Nobles

lupin band of nobles

They are mixed colours and will be 3 – 4 ft tall (90 – 120 cm). These were sown in 3″ pots with two seeds per pot. I will prick them out and grow than on when they have germinated. These are hardy perennials, so, if you wish they could be sown directly where you want them to flower. Wait until the soil warms up a bit though.

I would not normally have bought seeds for Foxglove Milk Chocolate.

foxglove milk chocolate

I have already got foxglove growing by my garden hedge, but this was a free packet of seeds and it seems disrespectful not to grow them. They look as though they are a bit wishy-washy in colour for my taste, but the insects will no doubt enjoy it. It is fascinating to watch bees buzzing from foxglove to foxglove getting almost lost in their flowers. These were sown in a sed tray on the top of the soil and covered with vermiculite.

Datura Sauveolens is a hardy annual shrub.

white angels trumpet

They are also known as Angels Trumpet and are closely related to Brugmansia but have upright blooms whilst Brugmansia are pendulous. They are richly scented at night and supposedly grow up to 15 ft. We shall see. I sowed the seed in 3″ pots, 2 seeds per pot.

The last seeds I have sown today are for Gazania hybrida Talent mixed.

gazania talent mixed

These are a half hardy annual; so need protection from frosts. They are 8 ins high (20cm) and are good for the edge of borders or even the rockery. Their flowers are very bright and they keep flowering for a long period during summer until the first heavy frost. They have silver leaves and are drought tolerant. You never know we might get a good hot summer yet!. They are also good in exposed places. I sowed them on the surface in 3″ pots and covered the seed with vermiculite.

This is all the February seed sowing complete. I shall probably leave it a week or two before starting to sow the seeds which require a bit more warmth and therefore  need to be sown in March.

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