Sunday, 7 July 2013
Sowing the Seed
I believe that the flower above is of a Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia, Papaveraceae) which must have self seeded in my garden from the previous year.
Back in April, I sowed some Sarah Raven seeds directly into raked earth called Cottage Garden Mix. The mix was supposed to contain zinnias, cosmos and malopes but they have yet to come to light. The previous year I sowed Sarah Raven's Pictorial Meadows Classic Annual Mix and I believe that the poppy must have self seeded from back then. The trouble with pre-mixed seeds is you can't be absolutely sure of what you are going to get as I know from my experience over the last two years.
Next year I am going to make up my own mixture so I don't have any 'nasty' surprises such as the Phacelia Tanacetifolia that cropped up unexpectedly in last years mix! I think I may experiment with wildflower mixes in pots too to see which combinations are the most pleasing.
Winter job: Make a note of this in diary for Dec, Jan, Feb. Scour seed catalogues and look for individual packets of seeds to make up mixes with e.g. Cosmos, Black-Eyed Susan, Larkspur, Cornflower etc.