Gosh this blogging break idea is way harder than I thought it would be! I haven’t managed the postings I had planned (lots of distractions) but keep getting ideas for other things I want to share. After blogging so long, subconsciously a ‘next posting’ is always there 🙂
Even now, I’m tempted to chat on but I’m going to try and keep this simple. I’ll stick to just one photo too. The others I have just cropped will appear again. My pond dig is now confusing my OH… nope… I’ll keep this for another time.
I get such a buzz out of propagating my plants with division in Spring or Autumn being the most common method I use. However, I love to take cuttings too and always forget how easy they are to do over the summer. I’m not going to miss the boat this year 🙂
Little brown envelopes holding seeds collected in previous years are lined up in a row in a box in my (newly tidied) potting shed. They are probably no longer viable. I’ll maybe try some out of interest. However, this year I thought I’d try sowing some seed fresh for a change and store some (with good intentions) to sow next Spring.
Dry days are best for collecting and storing seed. Our dry spell has been a bit ‘blown away’ for the moment with very heavy rain and strong winds. Of course, the wind can blow the seed around too resulting in new plants germinating without an intervention whatsoever from us. I like that too.
I enjoy hand weeding and always keep my eye out for any new seedlings as I go. I’ve got my eye on a few at the moment but will wait until they get a little bigger before I lift them.
My greenhouse tidy is almost complete and I absolutely love to see pots of new cuttings in it. I look at them with a warm pride that I created these new plants. It is so rewarding and if it is something you have never tried before I would highly recommend it.
You don’t have to have a greenhouse. All you need to do is research the type of cutting recommended for the plant you’d like to try. There are many books on propagating plants and information can be found online too. I’m sure you’ll be hooked once you start.
This seems to be a good time of year to buy seeds too with some garden centres selling them half price. Not just flowers either… if you know what veggies you want to grow next year you could pick up seeds for them now too.
Oops… done it again! Sorry, I just can’t help chatting on. It is well after midnight again too… just one final thing. Garden birds would appreciate seed at this time of year too. Pre blog I never thought you needed to bother feeding birds over the summer but they do still come to our gardens for food.
So that’s me for now. On a personal note this is the last summer that we will have a child with school summer hols. I have to say I was quite reminiscent last Friday lunchtime. As a family, we will be making the most of this precious time. Wow… only one school year left!
Wishing you an absolutely wonderful summer doing what you like to do. If you’re off on hols soon… have a great time. Enjoy the plants, birds and wildlife wherever you go. Thanks for all your kind wishes… I’ll catch you later 😀
Sorry, I haven’t answered all the comments in my last post before posting this. Just to say, I will be back to do so tomorrow. If you are a blogger, I hope to visit you over the summer too.