Hi everyone! We are back again this week with another gardening blog, so those with green fingers or who enjoyed our previous post will love this one. If anyone of you missed our previous gardening post it was all about the vegetables you can grow at home, many of which were in containers, click here to check it out. This week we wanted to bring you another gardening blog but this time a flower addition. This blog will take you through some wonderful flowers that you can grow at home with your loved ones and watch them grow from seedlings into wonderful blooms. All the flowers below can be sown now, ready for a wonderful summer display of colour.
A firm favourite in the gardening world due to their pretty petals and amazing fragrances are, of course, Sweet Peas. They are very easy to grow and are great for cut flowers, in fact the more you cut the flowers the more the plant will continue to produce. Sweet Peas can be grown in the garden or in pots which means it does not matter whether you have a big garden or a small courtyard, everyone can enjoy Sweet Peas. There are two types of Sweet Pea varieties, you have the annuals which will only last one year but produce very fragrant flowers or Everlasting Sweet Peas which are less fragrant. For the sake of this blog, we are talking about the annual Sweet Peas. You can order Sweet Pea seeds online or get them in any garden centre. To give them the best start we suggest you sow them inside in small pots. Fill the pots with a good quality compost, sow several seeds into a pot around 1cm deep. Cover with a bit more compost, press down and water well. Sweet Peas will take around 7-15 days to germinate. As your seedlings grow, they will become tall and leggy, to encourage the plants to grow outwards pinch the tips of the plants. To do this simply nip-off the top of the stem with your fingers, just above a set of leaves.
When your Sweet Pea plants become stronger you will want to transfer them to a bigger pot. If you are planning on planting them out into the garden after, this could simply be only 15-20cm wide pot. However, if you are wanting to plant and keep them in pots, I would suggest putting them into the pot you will want to keep them in permanently. Something at least 30cm in diameter. In the pot, place around 5 plants, 2 to 4 inches apart around 10cm from the edge of the pot. The plants will then begin to grow successfully now they have more space. If you are planning to put them into your garden, you can do so within a few weeks. As they begin to grow they will need a wigwam structure to support them. This can be made from cane which can be purchased online or from the garden centre. Put one cane on the outside of each plant and then connect them all at the top like a wigwam and tie with string. You want to encourage the plants to grow up the wigwam. Keep them well watered and enjoy the flowers that bloom.
Another favourite and one that the children will love to watch grow are Sunflowers. These can again be grown in the garden or successfully in pots. Depending on how many Sunflowers you want, fill 2-5 pots will a good quality compost. Poke your finger in the centre of each of the pots and place one sunflower seed in each hole. Cover back over with compost and give it a good water. Place somewhere sunny like a window sill and make sure to keep it watered. It should take around 7-14 days for your sunflowers to germinate. When your plants begin to get too big for the pot, plant them either outside or into a bigger flowerpot (something at least 30cm in diameter). Place them in a warm, sunny spot, keep them watered and watch them grow into large sunflowers. Sunflowers are also great for pollinators due to their large size.
Marigolds are another fantastic flower to grow from seed this summer and another one that the children will love because they grow quickly and the petals are edible! You can sow them directly outside once the soil has warmed up, however, if you are worried you can start them off inside. They can also be grown in large pots for anyone who does not have a big garden. If sowing them in pots, fill the pots with good quality compost, sow the seeds around 1 inch apart and no deeper than 1 inch deep. Cover over with compost, pat down and water well. If you are sowing directly outdoors then you want to dig down around 6 inches to loosen the soil, making sure to remove any stones. Give it a good rake and then again sow the seeds 1 inch apart and no deeper than 1 inch down. If the weather is warm then Marifolds can sprout within days and plants can bloom in about 8 weeks.
We hope you have enjoyed our blog all about how to grow flowers at home. It is a very therapeutic exercise and brings joy to many as they see their flowers grow into beautiful blooms. Gardening is an exercise that many of our accommodation providers enjoy and are currently doing themselves. Ready to welcome you into their beautiful gardens when they can in the future.