Because this is a daily diary (at least in intention) I've been restricting myself to photos from the date of posting. (Which is why it turns out not to be daily at all - one can go backwards with words but not in time.)
Today, I'm opening a Bleeding Heart. To do this it makes sense to show the whole plant first but it's raining so I'll make an exception and use a photo taken on 22nd March. It looks much the same now; perhaps a little battered - but not a lot.
|Bleeding Hearts on 22nd March 2011|
plus cat walking on wall
above a pile of sticks and leaves
which won't rot but have been left
as an over-wintering place for 'creatures'.
Look your last - it's about to go!
On 10th March Victoria left a comment to say Bleeding Hearts is sometimes called 'Lady in the Bath' because if you peel back the petals, you find a naked lady.
These are very beautiful flowers and it's taken me this long to go on the attack.
First - a single flower.
Take its skirts off and . . .
I'm not an expert in naked ladies but the resemblance doesn't seem striking. Maybe you disagree?
And now to today's events. (Oh, what an exciting life I lead!)
I've a packet of Kelvedon Wonder peas - expiry date 2005.
I don't need many pea plants but there's not space for lots of possibly empty pots so on Sunday (it's now Thursday) I decided to start some as if they were mung beans or alfalfa salad srouts. (In other words, put them in a pot and rinse them daily.)
Out of sixteen peas, six, so far, have sprouted (so they can be planted) one has rotted (so it won't) and I'll wait a little longer for the rest.
(They smell horrible.)
Parsley - This can be slow and irritating when it comes to germination but I find it does best on damp loo paper in a container in the airing cupboard. (A plastic margarine carton with little holes in the top suits them well.)
|Parsley seeds are 2mm long|
- at the most.
First signs of germination!
I'll leave things a little longer - then move seedlings into earth.
(I'm trying to hold my nerve here. There may be a moment when everything dies!)
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