The autumn sown sweet pea plants are looking very good in the coldframe and they seem perfectly content with my regime of benign neglect (i.e. occasionally peering inside the frame). The roots are through the bottom of the pots and they will be plenty tough enough to plant out in early March.
- I might sow a few more next month to extend the picking season.
Sweet peas in Cold frame
I’m not always the world’s most efficient or organised gardener, but there are certain things that I always try to do. One of these is to sow my saved sweet pea seed in Roottrainers and deep pots in October. They have germinated well and are now in the coldframe where they should develop a good root system over winter, ready for pinching out in the spring to encourage bushy growth.
Peas, soaked overnight and sown in a length of gutter
Two brackets attached to the greenhouse shelf are used to hold the gutter sown with peas
Pots of Mara de Bois strawberries, overwintered in the coldframe, have been tidied and top dressed with fish blood and bone in readiness for an early greenhouse crop
Autumn-sown cornflowers are growing in modules ready to go out in the garden in a few weeks time
The sword-like Astelia leaves look wonderful in the low afternoon sun
The greenhouse benches are filling up with autumn sown seedlings.
These hippeastrum bulbs (also known as amaryllis) should sprout soon and flower around Christmas.
Containers of miniature bulbs have been planted ready for spring.
Freshly potted up, these auriculas will spend the winter in the coldframe.
Rosehips festoon the garage wall – they remain this lovely amber colour.
Leonotus leonurus has only just come in to flower but is worth the wait for its bright orange flowers.
On taking a closer look at the large mushroom growing in the garden I discovered the surrounding area was covered with small fungi.
The nerines look particularly vibrant against the backdrop of an ivy clad wall.