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I haven't no but am planning to this year. I have a garden that hasn't been touched in 30 years so there were no plants at all in it. I have had to start from scratch so have done loads of sowing this year
Im doing a kinda cottage style as I have always been in the country. Now im in a little village surrounded by the elderly (Im 35)
They are unable to keep their gardens now but they all pop over to have a look and comment on the difference of mine They are all very helpful and full of ideas too so they say they feel as they are part of it by helping which is lovely I think
What works for me with echinacea is growing them quite large in 5" pots before planting out. If they're not big enough, I overwinter in a coldframe rather than plant out, pinching out any flower shoots that may develop. All of the larger ones I planted out last spring went on to flower (mostly just one flower) and are now showing several shoots. There are about a dozen overwintered ones in the CF which will go out as soon as I can find the time.
Do men have a fixation with mowing? My OH is the same! He says he'd mow the borders if he could.
I'm taking note of the idea of leaving them in the pot until they get quite large. I can quite see that this works best.
Aquilegias like to germinate in cooler conditions and heat does not help, I have found. Planted and more-or-less ignored, I get a good germination rate. I have some geranium pratense which have not germinated yet and I am wondering if it is the same for them - they'd be better off in cooler conditions.
I'd always plant larger seeds in modules. Smaller ones are difficult to control, so I usually prick them out after germination.
Interestingly I have just come in from my unheated greenhouse where the Verbena Rigida seeds I sowed in the winter have just germinated.
I was only thinking earlier that I think I'll try to grow verbena rigida! Its only half hardy, though perennial, so I suppose it would either have to be taken in during the winter or I'd have to take cuttings. I love the idea of verbena at that size.
Hi, Stephanie. I have seen your message on a couple of other threads, where the link did not seem to work. This one works and I have taken your survey, which seemed to take about three minutes. Just one comment - why are 'plants' in a separate category from 'flowers' or 'vegetables'? They are all plants!