I love the word floriferous. It totally describes what i want from my field, tons of flowers, a field full of blooms.
To do this I need healthy plants, and plenty of them to fill all my beds
Today was one of my Grow your own workshops, and the participants got to sow seeds and take stem and heel cuttings. One of my top tips to ensure all plants are healthy, is to move them on from one stage to the next as soon as possible. This means the plant never becomes "checked". If a plant isn't halted at any point in its growing season, it will grow quickly, and flower it's socks off.
With seeds this means moving them from their seed tray to module or pot when they just have their first leaves, and before the root creates extra root hairs and gets damaged when moved.
This tray of Larkspur seedlings, became these plantlets within 3 days (sown 22/9, pricked out 19/10, photo 22/10) They were planted out on the field 2 weeks ago, after the winter in the unheated polytunnel, and they have great footballs.
For cuttings this means taking the growing medium in it's pot or module to the plant you're going to take cuttings from, The cutting is then completely fresh, hasn't had time for the sap to dry up, and can concentrate on creating roots as soon as it's in contact with the compost.
For perennials, this means splitting them - sometime Quite ruthlessly into smaller bits early in the season. Today it was veronicastrum that i was splitting. These spires of white and purple proved so popular last year, that the only photo i got of it, was as it was going out of the door in a yellow and white themed event flowers bucket.
i'm splitting each clump into 5 or 6, and potting them up. They'll be cosseted in the polytunnel for the next 4 -6 weeks during which time they'll grow a great root system in the warm compost. By late April when i need the polytunnel space for Dahlias, - i'll plant them back on the field, and with fresh root growth into the by then warmed soil, they'll grow away easily.
Tomorrow, i'm splitting more plants, including phlox, and sowing more seeds, and yes i can actually call it productive work.