I’ve had a birthday today, and this is the oldest I’ve been so far. The immortality bracelet is still working!

We had a lovely day in New Brighton yesterday and the sun showed up early enough for us to have a warm and bright afternoon. We walked miles again and had fish and chips to offset the exercise. Apparently I slept most of the way back on the train. We ended the night at the local Wetherspoons where I took advantage of the great beer cellar and the ongoing beer festival there. Some lovely ales that I’d not tried before ensured a good night’s sleep.

I had a huge full English breakfast and caught up on yesterday’s thrashing of Italy’s Women’s Rugby (Six Nations) by England’s Red Roses, now under Marlie Packer’s captaincy after Sarah Hunter’s retirement.

For the rest of the day I’ve been sowing more seeds that came in the post for the summer garden.

I now have sown and germinating the following:

  • Bergamot ‘Panorama’ mixed
  • Verbena ‘Compact’ mixed
  • Aubrieta mixed
  • Lobelia ‘String of pearls’
  • Lobelia ‘Cascade’ mixed
  • Stock ‘10 week’ mixed
  • Antirrhinum ‘Monarch’ mixed
  • Dahlia ‘Dwarf double’ mixed
  • Dahlia ‘Piccolo’ mixed
  • Coreopsis ‘Early sunrise’
  • Zinnia ‘Choice’ mixed
  • Agastache ‘Golden Jubilee’
  • Nigella ‘Black caraway’
  • Borage ‘Blue’
  • Delphinum ‘Pacific giant’ mixed
  • Cosmos ‘Sensation’
  • Cornflower ‘Frosty’ mixed
  • Malva sylvestris ‘Zebrina’
  • Calendula mixed
  • Auricula mixed
  • Echinacea purpurea
  • Mixed cactus collection
  • Coleus mixed
  • Nigella Miss Jekyll ‘Oxford blue’
  • Nigella Miss Jekyll ‘Light blue’
  • Lavender
  • Coffee arabica
  • Echinacea ‘Bravado’
  • Echinops ‘Blue Glow’
  • Delphinuim Avalon
  • Cosmo ‘Peppermint Rock’
  • Poppy ‘Mother of pearl’
  • Antirrhinum ‘Circus clowns’
  • Eryngium ‘Miss Wilmot’s Ghost’
  • Gunnera manicata
  • Amaranthus ‘Love lies bleeding’
  • Melianthus major
  • Chlorophytum filipendula (already have one grown from seed)
  • Mimosa pudica
  • Dahlia ‘Bishop’s children’
  • Salvia ‘Blaze of fire’
  • Nicotania langdorffii
  • Sunflower ‘Autumn beauty’

If only a few of these make it to summer then my garden will be stuffed with flowers to attract pollinating insects.