Most of the annuals are planted out now but there are still seeds to sow. In fact you can be busy sowing almost all year, if you feel the need to raise plants continually. In the veg garden there are plenty of salads to sow and it will soon be time to sow all the Oriental veg and endives for autumn use.
Soon the early potatoes will be lifted – so far it has only been those grown in bags – and the space left must not go to waste. So some brassica seedlings and lettuce are coming on ready to take the place of the spuds.
It is time to sow biennials such as Canterbury bells (top pick), sweet Williams and myosotis too.
Thinking ahead to next spring, I have sown some freesias. I have not grown freesias for a few years but they are not tricky and I adore the scent. But they are winter-growing so are sown now and need good light and frost-free growing conditions through winter. They will flower in 9 months from sowing and the corms can be kept for following years. This is all confused by the corms you can buy in spring which are ‘out of sync’ and return to their ‘normal’ schedule the next year. I don’t like these and somehow the scent of freesias does not belong to summer.
I have sown three seeds per cell and these will be potted on as a cluster as they grow, to avoid root disturbance. Germination has been slow with the first seedlings appearing after more than a month but I did not soak the seeds and I am in no hurry.
Staying under cover, and with cut flowers, the alstroemerias are flowering well. They were planted a year ago in the polytunnel as a source of cut flowers. They are hardy but under cover they flower much longer than outside.