We received the final seed catalogue this week, so we put together our seed orders and sent them away. We should start receiving the seeds sometime in January and February. There were quite a few new flower and vegetable varieties this year again. One of the flowers I am looking forward to seeing how they do is a new Lavatera. It is called Pink Blush and T & T Seeds describes it as being a new dwarf type, with large white flowers with a pink striation. The picture they printed in the catalogue is very striking. The plants are compact, about 16" tall, great for the border or for mass plantings. Also ideal for containers. I will be starting seed and having some plants available for bedding plant sales.
We are going to try our luck with celery this year, so we will have to do some research on the seed starting process, planting and harvesting. We are also trying a new carrot called Atomic Red which is an heirloom variety. The catalogue description is: Large tapered, 11" roots with a beautiful scarlet colour that gets brighter when cooked. This variety gets it's hue from healthful Lycopene, credited for helping to prevent several types of cancer. Draw out the Atomic Red's remarkable colour and flavour by steaming, roasting or baking these crispy roots.
The pictures today are an African daisy.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and keep the visions of gardens dancing in your heads.