February 22nd. 2015 -
What's happening at Lainey's Bouquets, and flowering in the garden!
With such a warm winter in Nanoose Bay, Spring is several weeks early this year, I have a camellia just coming into bloom, the Hellebors have been flowering for several weeks, I love them, as they are a welcome sight in mid winter when they start to flower. The first to bloom in my garden are the white ones, (Christmas) then followed by the Gold Collection Helleborous, which have outward facing blooms, I have cream with a blush of pink colour, (they last well in a vase, I slit the end of the stem) and then the creamy pink colour, as in the photo. I also have two other plants, although very pretty white/pink, they hang their heads and you have to lift their little faces up to see them better! They are grown on the north west side of the house, and have multiplied into a substantial area now, after less than 3 years in the ground.
I have blue and pink Anenome's starting to flower, I left the plants in the ground from last year, and they are grown in the open field, with no shelter, the plants are a good size, and I have picked a few stems, they were fairly short, but usually they get longer further into the season. I pre sprouted a tray each of Anenome's and Ranunculus last week, after soaking the corms over night, I half filled a tray with damp compost, scattered the corms, and filled the rest of the trays up with compost, I put a plastic lid on them, and put them in my greenhouse to sprout.
Fragrant Narsissis are in bud, tulips are growing well, and have also seen the odd lily poking out of the ground!
I have self sown sweet pea plants about 6" tall growing in the garden, they germinated in the Fall, and have not been fazed by the cold weather we had in November. I also started some in trays in mid Jan. they are nearly ready to be hardened off, and planted outside. I started Lisianthus mid Jan. also, they germinated in 14 days, but are playing the waiting game with them now, as they are just sitting! They haven't grown their second set of leaves yet, I can see why most people just buy plugs! They are notorious for slow growth, that is why you have to have patience, and start them in the winter. I am starting some Hardy annuals in the garage this week, on heat mats, the garage is heated as well.
Roses as have started making crazy growth this week, I usually prune the end of March, so I guess it will be earlier this year, the lawns are growing as well, and have mowed them twice this year already!