I wanted to see what happens if you simply squeeze tomato seeds into a pot of soil. I used some old compost and recycled pots, and a mixture of fancy heritage tomatoes for this experiment.
After a week of keeping them watered, in a sunny spot the windowsill, we have seedlings!
There are far too many for each pot, so probably only a few of these will make it, and this is not the ideal way to propagate tomatoes, but nonetheless this feels triumphant.
Here’s five more gardener’s delights to share with the Propagator’s gang for six on Saturday.
2. Mystery clematis. This wonderful clematis was planted by the front door by a previous occupant. I’m very grateful that it’s there, and it began to bloom earlier this week. I have no idea what variety it might be. The flowers are MASSIVE!
3. A yellow rose. Another plant put here long ago, which came into flower this week. It’s throughly overgrown by a straggly forsythia and at risk from a large looming bramble that I must chop back soon, but nonetheless this lovely rose is blooming away.
4. Is the view from the kitchen window. The most important view in the house, in my opinion… I’ve added pretty pots of colour to the gravel patio, and the oak bonsai that I got for my husband’s birthday a few years ago has just come into leaf. That bench looks tempting when it’s sunny, and the washing up can usually wait…
5. A copper beech? This lovely dark tree, now fully in leaf, is a key feature at the bottom of the garden. Like the laurel hedge and the the oak, it belongs to our neighbours.
The marvellous horticultural blogger Tony Tomeo asked if this is a purple beech. I don’t know, is the answer…
But in certain lights it certainly does look purple. It also looks red, black, vermillion, magenta, orange, silver and copper coloured, depending on how the light hits the leaves.
6. Finally a few pea shoots have emerged. I’m hoping they will climb up this cane and willow teepee by the potato patch, and give us tasty treats for tea.
A few seedings have finally emerged, after three attempts at seeding this spot.
Unfortunately, the cat has decided that the teepee is among her favourite snoozing spots.
So my expectations of enjoying sweet fresh peas from this project have been downgraded to ‘probably not happening.’
Still, I gave peas a chance.
This is one of those weeks where six garden things is simply not enough, so here’s a bonus couple of garden things from under the apple tree.
An oak sapling
and a geranium.
Most likely both of these plants arrived here by themselves. I’ll consider transplanting the oak to a pot this autumn and finding a more suitable spot for it to grow bigly. I’ll collect seed from the geranium and hopefully have more of these next year.
To see more garden highlights, from around the world, visit the propagator’s blog. Each week gardeners share six things on Saturday, and it’s always a pleasure to see what’s growing on.