Since writing about Pinks in my blog entry yesterday, I have been thinking about how happy I will be when they are in bloom again.
This afternoon, I pulled out my purple wicker box and had fun sorting through the many coloured seed packets. It was as if they were all calling, ‘pick me, pick me, plant me first’.
There were four packets of Dianthus superbus ‘Rainbow Loveliness’ (pictured here in pink) which I had ordered from Thompson & Morgan. As I talked about in an earlier blog entry, I have found it difficult to locate plants or seeds of this particular variety of Pinks. They are so worth growing though. Thus decided these would be the first seeds sown.
Then I came upon four packets of Nigella damescena ‘Miss Jekyll’ (pictured below) another of my flower favourites, and individual packets of different varieties of Morning Glories, and other flowering vines.
Next in line were seeds for Mina lobata vines, since I am fascinated with watching the flowers gradually change from pale yellow to red. This year I shall remember to plant them where they will not clash with other flowering plants.
Digging deeper, I found many seeds from Dolichos lablab (aka Hyacinth Bean) which grows to be such a beautiful vine. The pinkish/white flowers are pretty and later give way to deep purple-coloured shiny seed pods.
At the bottom of my wicker seed box, I happened upon several varieties of Scabiosa seeds. Often I think it is a toss-up between Pinks and Scabiosa flowers when it comes to picking my favourite flower family.
For when Scabiosa caucausica ‘Fama’ begins to bloom, the pale lavender-blue blooms are simply stunning. The only downside is that they are lacking in scent and I suppose that is what I most love about Pinks.
There were several other smaller seed packets including, Amaranthus ‘Velvet Curtains’, Orlaya grandiflora, Commelina dianthifolia, Dicentra ‘Golden Tears’, Callistephus ‘Blue Ribbon’ and Lapageria rosea.
After I finally finished my seed sorting, I gathered my seed trays and little pots and proceeded to play in the dirt. It was great fun planting, especially deciding if seeds had actually ended up in every pot. Sometimes I get distracted and then cannot figure out if I have already planted seeds or not.
If I had my way, I would make all seeds large enough that they can be poked into the ground, thereby resulting in dirt under my fingernails. Now that’s a good feeling for a garden-starved woman.
After sowing my seeds, I figured that the bulk of my work was finished. What I had not counted on though, was having to go on a quest for a missing electrical cord for my grow-lights. Now that took ages.
As I told a friend tonight, I managed to disconnect both the television and the internet connections while rummaging around for the missing electrical cord. This did not sit well with my son who was watching the dying minutes on a NHL hockey game (that’s what happens when one lives in Saskatchewan – well, in most places in Canada – with the NHL playoffs starting soon, many people spend their evenings watching hockey games on television. This seems to go on well into June, which I find mostly incomprehensible when a person could be sitting outside).
In the end, my seeds were all planted and happily placed under the lights. Now commences my favourite part of all – watching seedlings as they emerge from the ground.