Northern Exposure

Triumphs and failures on a window ledge.

Keeping Up Appearances June 10, 2009

Filed under: Colour,Flower,Seeds,Spring,Summer,Weather — northernwindowgardener @ 2:56 pm
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JoelDoesn’t time fly? Luckily at this time of year, with a fair (and slight) wind and a bit of sun, nature just keeps working away while we get on with other things.

It’s been about three weeks since all the window boxes were planted up and those original inhabitants have had the chance to bed in to their new surroundings.

Mostly they have settled in well. The geraniums on both the shady and sunny side of the house are fattening up and look well set to flower when the time is right. When is the right time though? I’m so impatient with them as they look at least as strong as those garden centre varieties.

The marigolds, which are solely on the shady side, have gently added bloom after bloom and the smell when I’m poking my head over them to do the watering is too much to resist. Both the flowers and the foliage have their own unique fragrance.

On the sunny side the purple petunia surfinia is flowering profusely and spreading into every nook and cranny it can find. And the mini trailing petunia and verbena, which both have red and white candy-stripe flowers, are exploding in little bursts of colour. With any luck all three of these will
have a look over the edge of the container and decide to go on an adventure.

On the negative side, the experiment of getting the nasturtiums off to a quick start by growing them from seed indoors first then transporting them outside wasn’t a good choice. They proved to be weak and straggly and almost without exception they’ve died back. Most online guidance suggested they
should be sown directy into position and that they didn’t like being moved and that’s proven to be sound advice. Fortunately there were plenty seeds left so I’ve pressed a few of them directly into the boxes and we’ll see how they grow.

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3 Responses to “Keeping Up Appearances”

  1. Flighty Says:

    It looks, and sounds, like everything is doing really well which you must be well pleased with. It’s amazing what a few weeks and good weather does for any garden at this time of year.
    Nasturtium seeds are best sown direct, and they should germinate very quickly.

  2. Glo Says:

    Oh, my ~ marigolds on high! Well done ~ how fortunate to be able to enjoy flowery fragrances from your windows. I’m sorry I haven’t been posting or responding, but since moving to the tropics (ahem), I’ve been somewhat indisposed. Nevertheless, I have been reading and so glad to see your results! From what I remember, nasturtiums seem to flower well in poor/sandy soil ~ I wonder if that’s correct. They do leaf up, but to flower profusely I do think they prefer less nutrients. Let’s hope that’s different when they have to grow way up high!

  3. Flighty – yes, the good weather just after I planted was a great help as the plants got a chance to establish themselves for the changeable conditions of the last 10 days.

    Glo – It’s a busy time of year, fortunately nature just keeps chugging along, as do those marigolds!

    Nasturtiums do seem to like poor soil for flowering so I’ve added some lobelia to give an alternative trailing plant should the nasturtiums stay leafy. It’s all trial and error at the moment!

    Thanks for the comments.


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