Saturday, 7 May 2011

The Long Game


I've never been very good at them. I tried some germination of flowers, early on, on my windowsill. You may remember. The only thing I've been lucky with is Basil. Which to be honest, is pretty easy. Once you pot them up, and leave to germinate, after all thought of frost has gone, it's a doddle.

But last year, on a visit to my parents, I discovered this, at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, Illinois. With my friend Olivia. We went there for lunch with her mother, and had a wonderful afternoon.

It blew me away. I hunted it down, and finally found what it was, and finally found the seeds. It is Nemesia Strumosa KLM.

It's an annual, *sigh* hey ho. Have to plant it every year. But I was completely in love. I had to have it. I found it. Not in time for last year, but this.

So, armed with my seeds, and a big beautiful pot, I have planted it up with seeds.

But first, I will introduce you to the handy, easy to carry compost. 30 litres in an easy carry block. Weighs nothing. Without a car, this is a dream come true. I've used this several times.

So here we are

Put it in a barrow, and add water.

Hey presto, 30 minutes later, and some mixing, you have some good compost. Without having to carry a big bag of it back home.

Here is my big beautiful pot, full of lovely seeds. My fingers and toes are crossed.

And guess what?? They are coming up!!! I am so, so, so excited!! I planted this two weeks ago before my French trip - I looked outside yesterday, hmmmmm ... I looked outside today?? It's coming up!!!! A big beautiful bowl of Nemesia, I hope!!!!!!


  1. Enjoying your recent postings.

  2. Hang your holiday rainbow lights in the garden.

  3. Hang your holiday rainbow lights in the garden

  4. I'll bring a nice icy drink to you