• Alison Murray

Things to do in the garden during lockdown day 44: sow annuals direct

May is a good time to sow summer flowering annuals in the position in which they are going to flower.

Some annuals don't like their roots being disturbed and so do't take kindly to being transplanted. For example, cornflower, (Centaurea cyanus), Ammi majus and Nigella are best sown directly into the soil after the risk of frost has past. They will seed and come up in the same spot again.

I don't have a lot of space for annuals, so I've nipped out early for a bit of guerilla gardening around a street tree. Many wildflowers do well on dry poor soil, so this spot is ideal. I watered the soil first, and randomly broadcast a mix of Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll' and 'Miss Jekyll White' along with a few Eschscholzia californica for a bit of zing. They don't really need covering with soil and are shallow rooted so won't compete with the tree. Hopefully the council won't come round with herbicide...

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