I've gotten fed up with waiting for rhubarb "crowns" to grow (which didn't in the end) so investing in some decent-sized rhubarb plants. They need this season to establish so I can start picking next spring. My garden doesn't get enough sun to grow much in the way of fruit and veg but hoping it's enough for the rhubarb. They force rhubarb in the dark? so they must be able to cope? My sweet boy Scarecrow amongst them.
polyanthus pots I did for neighbours, this one also has lupins
this one also has a foxglove
some hyacinths and borage in bloom, lupin small plant from late last year's sowing to the right, sea holly both in pot and in the ground in the back, also the ubiquitous green alkanet, forget-me-not and snapdragons
all the gardening essentials: seeds, trays to put them in, inc egg cartons, camera, coffee and Diet Coke - and a cat!
see my Seeds page for more about growing from seed
He's the naughty kit who chewed these catnip seedlings (2 on the right) so I planted some more seeds. There are 2 kinds of "catnip"/catnep/catmint, the basic herb nepeta cataria which I grow from seed (I have never seen these plants sold at a garden centre) which has small white flowers and nepeta faassenii (eg Six Hills Giant) sold in the garden centre as an ornamental plant with purple flowers.
seems that every day Scarecrow is destroying more of those plants so I had to move them out of his reach. When I have a consistent supply I am happy for him to have them - that's what I'm growing them for - but they need to grow to a reasonable size or my seeds need to germinate better.
Usually those nepeta faassenii are larger plants in bloom at the garden centre later in spring but I noticed these in the herb section so decided to get some now and hopefully grow them into larger plants. I've also been curious to see which cats prefer, if either.
scabious small plant from sowing last year
I wasn't sure if it was scabious but from the side it looks more scabious-like, the way it leans over.
the anemone and ranunculus are slow to get going
this ranunculus is the largest
the green below is not an anemone but on closer examination, with those distinctively-shaped seeds, they are calendula seedlings
close-up of the calendula seedlings, the calendula was growing nearby above and the dried seedhead dropped in this pot, unnoticed by me
these small poppy plants overwintered, I had planted the seeds end of last summer/autumn
some more small plants from last year, foxglove on the right, scabious to the left, sea holly far left, Japanese anemone in the middle, 2 possible viper's bugloss at the bottom
these borage have been growing - and flowering - right through the winter, above (centre) and below (below right) are knautia small plants
I was wondering how long the muscari seedlings and bulblets would take to bloom and this very very small muscari bloomed already after less than a year in this pot. Also snapdragon self-seeded in this pot.
on the right is a rush which has self-seeded in this pot
my neighbour's forsythia makes a magnificent display
Last year, both these hostas' leaves turned transparent and rotted (can't find a pic right now) so pleased they have come back. I will repot them and hopefully they will do better this year.