It’s not that I’m not a fan of annuals, I actually love many of them, its more that I just don’t have the time for them.
Don’t have the time for all the covering of the seeds, pricking them out and then hardening them off.
I’d love to have the time and so maybe the whole work/ life balance needs to be looked at, but that’s for another day.
However, one packet of seeds which is an essential for me each spring is Cosmos and each August and September, I’m grateful I made the effort as the colour they bring to the beds is immense and for so little effort.
You could, if you’re organised enough, start the seeds off in trays in late winter indoors and then pot up the seedlings and plant them out during early summer and this is the best way to do it for strong plants and good floral displays.
However, if you miss this window you can also just sow them directly into the beds outside and up they will come.
If you haven’t tried them before then next spring do your garden a favour and get yourself some seeds for they come into their best as everything else is going over.
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