Thursday 24th December
Here is a shot of some plants I am planning on potting up for the markets.
There are lemon balm, peppermint, mint, two different pig faces, hydrangea and Devils ivy.
I have been doing some reading on the internet about growing cyclamens and growing from seed. From what I have read they prefer a soil ph of 5.5-7.5 (so acidic in a way). Also of note are the number of people saying getting them to flower again is hard and one guy says he throws them out after they finish flowering. This seems an awful waste and mine are going to flower again. I have two as well as the new seedling plant and they have recovered and flowered again before.
I am aware they need temperatures below 20 degrees or so to flower but have heard about just leaving them on side in garden until it cools. I am still watering but from below now as recommended and leave for 10 minutes and then drain away any residual water.
This is the first post and I have to confess I am no amazingly green thumbed gardener. It will be lovely to share some photos of my garden and I also need to say I have a passion for Iris flowers. This blog is another opportunity to swap some rhizomes at some stage, I hope.
I write this post in honour of the first lily bloom in my garden to show it’s beauty. Hoping like mad that the photo will come through from my brother soon, I may have to share the flower with you tomorrow.
It is also an opportunity for other likeminded people to share their experiences in gardening whether they live here in Canberra or even overseas.