Posted: 22/11/2016 at 19:07
Hi Loana, Cornflower and Nigella are very well behaved and sensible things to grow. Great for Bees too. Sweet peas are lovely. Are you growing the scented annuals or the perennials? They can be put in now, since once they have grown a few inches they will sit and wait patiently on a cool window sill until spring and then leap into an early start. Watch for slugs though, even on a window sill in winter. I have no idea how the slugs get in the house, but once in they can run riot.
Your air-born garden furniture sounded very alarming. You will have to watch where you put pots and seed trays too. I remember putting some seeds in vermiculite to stratify, and the plastic trays took off, with the vermiculite flying everywhere in the wind. It was actually very funny, but I think that was when I started putting things in the fridge instead.
I didn't mean to put anyone off stratifying! It's just that nature seems to be so, so much better at it than me. I look at the way the blueberries and blackberries and raspberries, and various species roses, have populated the mountain, and not just tough bushes, the marsh orchids do fine left to themselves, finding out the sheltered pockets, and they all need a period of cold to start them growing. I manage two or three lableless "some-things" coming up, somewhere other than the tray where I put them. Maybe I'm too busy looking at my failures to count blessings. The wind has produced quite a lot of nice trees, shrubs and perennials that wouldn't be there if I hadn't planted them, even if they did come up on the other side of the garden.