I love early winter, the light levels are still good, the warmth is still in the soil and the seed harvest is finally in. I now look forward to sitting inside in the warmth, cleaning the seed so making it easier to sow.
I never ceased to be amazed by the ingenuity and beauty of seeds.
Talking of 2013 I have already started sowing the seeds for early flowering. The germination has been very good.
These Cornflowers took a mere 5 days to germinate using a bottom heat of 15C . I have now removed them from the heat. They will grow on in the greenhouse until spring has truly arrived. Hopefully they will be ready and in flower for our display at the 100 th Chelsea flower Show where we will be launching our new Herboretum. I know the tickets for this truly amazing show are now on sale, being that it is the 100 th Chelsea can I suggest that if you are thinking of coming you get a ticket soon.
These Painted Sage, one of my favourite annuals, also germinated quickly and I am 90% certain they will be a show stopper next year . Here, as a reminder of the beauty of this sage, is a photograph I took in the early summer.
On a positive note, for those of you who do not enjoy the winter months, it is only 16 weeks until the 1st of March!