Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Weekend Work March 5, 2009

Filed under: bulbs,Colour,Flower,Indoor,Seeds,Spring,Weather,Weekend Work — northernwindowgardener @ 5:31 pm
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CactusWith the spring bulbs coming along nicely and the seeds germinating there’s not too much to do in the window boxes at this time of year. Winter plants like the cyclamen and pansies got a tidy up, mainly deadheading or removing flowers that have had their time – sadly too many of them. But generally it’s time to sit back, watch the progress of the bulbs and enjoy the fruits of the autumn planting.

A shortage of soil for potting-on the seedlings sent me off to the garden centre for the first time this year – with all the fun of getting caught in alternate hail and rain showers. I swear it looked nice out for most of the morning.

Anyway, freezing water to one side, I once again found myself buying completely unecessary seeds. Only these ones are truly unecessary rather than just overkill. Anyone for cacti?! They’ve been put to the back of the seed inventory and will get brought out as the seed factory winds down for the summer. They’re not the quickest of growers so there’s plenty of time to give them a go!

The other seeds aren’t quite so odd – some coleus, which I’ve liked in every picture I’ve seen. However as is often the case I’m not sure that I have a place for them if I do grow them. I may try them for houseplants but we’ll see how things progress before making any decision.

Surprisingly there wasn’t much on display at the garden centre. The bright primary colours of the primulas were really nice and next year I’d like to try these alongside the cyclamen and pansies. But beyond that there were big empty shelves waiting for the new arrivals. I guess it’s just a little bit between seasons at the moment.

Photo courtesy of dailylifeofmojo on Flickr.

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3 Responses to “Weekend Work”

  1. Flighty Says:

    I’ve always fancied growing cacti and succulents from seed but never got round to it!
    Fellow Lawn lounger Tina started growing some recently and this did this post about it
    http://happyhobbyhabit.blogspot.com/2009/02/cacti-seedlings-and-wintersowing.html
    Coleus make terrific house plants if you like coloured foliage, and it’s easy to grow from seed.

  2. Thanks for the link. Great to read of someone else who gets odd impulses, although there’s lots to live up to now! They’ve been put to the back of the queue for now but I’ll be keeping an eye on how Tina’s are doing.

  3. Glo Says:

    I’ve still got the old stuff in the windowboxes from last year. I usually wait to see if there is any green showing at the roots before yanking the stuff out! Ivy of course, survives ~ it’s been such a cold snowy winter, but now there are signs of spring. Often I have pansies growing, but not this year.


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