Decisions have been made and most of our seeds have now been ordered. Soon exciting packages will be arriving and sowing schedules will kick in.
The early bed is made up of sweet rocket, wallflowers and sweet Williams.
The biennials for this year are already planted and growing well.
Not enough sweet Williams germinated and so I have left last year's plants in place as in the past we have managed to flower them for more then one year.
Seeds for next year's plants have been ordered. I was disappointed with the wallflower colours last year but it was too late to change the varieties that I planted so for next spring I have ordered a variety called Fair Lady. I've also added some Bellis to my biennial list (although these often turn out to be perennial). Excuse the photos as they were taken off the computer screen.
Above also shown are some thunbergia that will probably be planted in tubs in the greenhouse and summerhouse.
I always like to tweak the annual bed - discarding some poorer performers. Last year these were some of the plants grown.
The godetia, cosmos and cornflowers lasted particularly well as cut flowers but I was disappointed with the ammi and gypsophila. The ammi dropped quickly when in a vase making quite a mess and the gypsohila hardly grew.
This year I will be growing the following - again photos are taken from the screen.
Some are new to me this year e.g. tithonia, asters, annual lupin, antirrhinum. lavatera and a creamy yellow cosmos.
I also like to try out different varieties of sweet peas. They are chosen firstly for good cut flowers, then good perfume and the good colour although some of the darker flowers creep in in spite of not having a really good perfume. It seems difficult to find dark colours with good perfume and the colours are really beautiful. This year's varieties are.
I've also become a fan of violas and have ordered a variety called Chicky Chicks - I'm not keen on the name. These will be planted in tubs.
I also fancied growing some coleus as I haven't for some time. I know not flowers but they certainly won't be eaten and so amongst the flowers is the best place for them.