Posted: 26/12/2015 at 17:44
I will certainly put the Aquiligia in very soon though. I can't wait to get more seeds in trays. I don't have that many seeds this year, because my plants have mostly flowered too late for the Bees to be busy. A perennial tick seed by the front door is flowering now. and quite a few other flowers are not fading because of the cold and the lack of pollination. There is even a Gladioli still looking glad. It is lovely to see it, but confusing.
I am finding that the coastal South African bulbs are doing well in my garden (mine is coastal, mountainous, acid soil). Drainage seems to be the key to getting them past the teenage lethargy and rot, but there is water everywhere here for large parts of the year, so I will have to be extra careful that the tulips don't get swamped.
I love the sound of "pots in waiting". I do have a few pots and trays that seem to have been waiting forever. The paeony is my longest wait. I try different things on them every year - different parts of the garden, cold frame, in and out of the propagator, a rub with sandpaper, a quick freeze, a hot soak, I even tried a very quick scorching them, nothing! they still look like shiny, black beads and they still sink in water - but I think it is eight years now since I planted them, and not a sprout.