Seed-sowing in spring is one of the best and most economical ways to ensure you have a lush cutting garden come summer.
My fantasies are pretty simple. I want a home filled with gorgeous bouquets of flowers. I want to step outside with flower snips and a basket and walk back in the house with said basket overflowing with blooms. I want so many flowers in my cutting garden that I have plenty to give away.
This was my goal last summer and I didn’t quite get there. But, I did have flowers in vases that I grew myself.
Baby steps right?
Here are the seeds I’m starting this spring:
Besides being beautiful, nasturtiums help keep bugs away from my tomato plants and they add a peppery zing and punch of color to summer salads. They also look great in a simple, glass vase.
Zinnias are true workhorses of the garden. This is my first year at growing them from seed but they’re supposed to be easy to raise. I’m using a candy mix from Floret Farm. Zinnias are supposed to be hardy in Maine. I remember buying a few roadside bouquets of zinnias well into October last year.
Globe Amaranth Sunset Mix
This was another order from Floret Farm. I’ve never grown Globe Amaranth but I was seduced by the description on the floret website. “The more you cut it, the more it blooms.” Sign me up.
What can I say about sweet peas? They don’t feature the giant blooms of a dahlia or a gladiola but they are a lovely, vining flower, bright of color and sweet of scent. They aren’t as easy to grow, at least for me, as everyone claims they are but I did grow a few sweet peas from seed last year. I think I would have had more success if I’d started earlier. These flowers like the cool.
I bought a packet of Shirley poppy seeds to strew on the ground–per instruction from several gardeners who know what they’re doing more so than I. However, I think I’m going to have to get more Poppy seeds, perhaps of a different variety. The ones I sowed should have already begun to grow and I don’t see any signs of life anywhere that I planted them.
Have you ever grown poppies? What varieties have you had success with? Leave a comment, puhleeze.
I won’t be relying entirely on just these flowers that I’m starting from seed. I’m also planting dahlia tubers and gladiola bulbs. I’ll plant Echinacea also–at least one variety–and a few other types of flowers. I also fill in spring bouquets with clumps of lilac and forsythia branches. In summer, I’ll clip roses from the rose bush. I’ll probably grow another licorice plant to use as filler–in part because I like the light green color but also because it’s an easy plant to grow and it trails beautifully.