Sarah Coles

Seeds inside


April 20th. Seeds on the kitchen window sill have germinated far better than in the cold greenhouse. Up have come seedlings of a perennial sunflower in a beautiful soft yellow (in the catalogue anyway) Helianthus maximiliani – chosen for Max aged six, he will be pleased – which apparently has a chocolate scent, plus lobelia (easy I know) and Tagetes minuta, whose roots are supposed to have a secretion deterring or even  killing weeds, including ground elder and the like (some hope! but …). Meanwhile, in the greenhouse, after an entire year, three seedlings of that graceful grey leaved perennial Lysimachia ephemera are – I think and hope, since they are all the same and not that ghastly yellow clover weed – are showing.   Plus, Schizanthus seedlings have come up.  They are tender annuals but such lovely flouncy creatures in the greenhouse in the summer.  Poor man’s orchid is so disparaging!


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