I think it is safe to say I know what I’m doing in the veggie garden, well most of the time. I have discovered over the course of time how different crops respond to the different seasons. I’ve had summers full of drought, flooding and high winds and I have also had the perfect summer – only once, way back early in my gardening journey.
I can pick a brassica seed from an okra seed in a line up and I know when and how to plant them for the best chance of success. Although failure is always there hanging around in the background, waiting to pounce. But I know he is there and I do my best to keep him out of my greenhouse.
I can visualise just how big the plant will grow from just looking at the seed – experience has taught me this. I prepare the soil lovingly to meet the individual needs of all the things I have growing. It is all wonderful, although I try not to be too confident as maybe I haven’t yet experienced the worst a garden can throw at you, but I don’t mind. I love being in my veggie patch.
So this summer I have decided to broaden my horizons into a field I know nothing about – FLOWERS!
I have never had a lot of success with flowers. I have a Mother’s Day garden, which I asked for a few years ago and Hubby the Un-Gardener and the boys spent ages digging it up and removing all the rocks and compacted soil and fluffed it all up and made it nice. But even as I write about it now I am wracked with guilt as it is full of weeds and any flowers in there have a hard job shinning. It has a great position and can be clearly seen from the house. But I ran into two problems – When it is full of flowers and not weeds, I find it hard to make myself remove any flowers lest I ruin the view. And weeding something beyond the veggie garden just doesn’t happen. It’s a bit of ‘out of sight out of mind’ while I’m working, and a lot of ‘I really should get to that’ as I gaze upon it from the house.
So I came upon a cunning plan. I am going to treat the flowers like a crop! I built a large cut flower bed in my veggie patch and Hubby the Un-Gardener filled it up with soil for me. This was all a few months ago and while it seems like a good start we have had a setback as the weeds have got a strangle hold upon it already! But undeterred I grabbed a whole lot of seeds from my favourite supplier and basically picked any that even remotely hinted about being suitable as a cut flower, and a few more because they looked pretty or offered a sweet fragrance.
When the time came to sow the seeds, I threw all caution to the wind. I know with veggies that it is best to sow peppers in early August for a great head start, but a great head start offers no favours to the pumpkins and cucumbers so I make them wait until the last moment. I know nothing about flowers and their sense of timing. I glanced at the back of the seed packets, but there were so many of them, so I figured I’d look into all of that when the time came for getting the spacing right in the garden and ripped open the packets and started sowing seeds in earnest.
The seeds themselves came as a bit of a shock – they looked all weird. Some were fluffy and some were huge. Nothing like veggie seeds at all. It was like I was doing a completely different hobby, learning a new language or something. The seed leaves are starting to emerge from the soil and it is so exciting waiting to see what on earth they will look like – certainly not veggies!
I have a sneaky feeling that this journey in the floral side of gardening may be quite interesting as I shall be applying my usual learning style of “give it a whirl!”
Come again soon – spring is showing its cold and rainy side today.
Sarah the Gardener : o )