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28/09/2013 at 12:58

I think it may have been old or non viable seed, Busy-Lizzie. as there have been several people remarking on how wonderful their free asters from AGMag. have been.  I am not alone.  I just did as it said on the packet and now am drooling over them.  They seem to go on and on and even the runts are sending up lovely flowers in different shades of pink and purple. i started the seeds off in the conservatory which makes me think perhaps they need it quite warm to germinate and we did have a cold spring.

28/09/2013 at 13:24

I must remember to grow some asters next year after seeing those happymarion!  I have plenty of Michaelmas daisies coming out now but I do love the larger flowered ones.  I grew Purple Tower (if I remember the name correctly - can't seem to find seeds now, only Pink Tower) from seed a few years back and they were stunning - strong healthy plants with large, double, violet flowers.


28/09/2013 at 13:46

On subject of asters been reading about aster Asperulus.  Anyone growing this? Think its a fairly new introduction.  Apparently bluer than frikartii monch 

29/09/2013 at 14:34

Some bits and bobs from my garden - if the pics appear


29/09/2013 at 15:07
What lovely pictures, love the colours.
29/09/2013 at 17:41

Michaelmas daisies, have said that somewhere else, and cyclamen.


29/09/2013 at 18:09

Lovely pics MsBeehaven and Lizzie. Must say my  fuchsias are my stars right now. Flowering and flowering

29/09/2013 at 18:32

Hello Bev (potty g). Missed you recently. How is the teaching going?

29/09/2013 at 18:40

Hello Bev. How are things?. I thought you had got lost when the forum played up last week.

29/09/2013 at 19:50

Hi Lizzie and Fidget. I didn't get lost- just very busy.Teaching is great. I just love it- just hate all the admin that is now necessary.

29/09/2013 at 19:59

Ms B - what fabulous pics !  And loving the hot pink Lizzie

29/09/2013 at 20:47

Thanks Chicky 


30/09/2013 at 11:19

When I go into the garden without a doubt it is my roses that are the stars.

At the moment they are the best they have been

 Climbing Lady Hillingdon

 new white aster bought at Malvern

 William Shakespeare 2000

30/09/2013 at 11:21

 William Shakespeare 2000 fully opened

30/09/2013 at 11:30

I have William Shakespeare and John Betjamin and Matisse.  They bring a bit of a different culture to the garden!  Right now I am thrilled to see the Angelonia I bought early on and enjoyed its show of lovely flowers which were over by the end of August has recovered from my cutting it back and is flowering again.  it looks like i shall have another three months or so of pleasure from its pretty flowers.  Will definitely buy another one next year - a pink one I



30/09/2013 at 12:36

I think I have to add my star bought from ebay and arrived very poorly indeed the first pic shows it after about four weeks of tender care and the last image shows it as my star I love it how ever the bees havent found it yet




30/09/2013 at 14:27

Noticed today- totally unplanned - dahlia Honka being mirrored by my lily light


01/10/2013 at 06:44

Lovely pic.

your roses look great too - not just the flowers, but lovely leaves too - not a spot in sight !

clueless - is your rescue plant a helenium?

01/10/2013 at 07:56

Lovely pix everyone as ever.

The star in my garden just now  is - all the plants I've bought in the last few weeks just waiting to be put into new borders! 

Will get pix soon. 

01/10/2013 at 08:43

Chicky yes it’s a helenium 

Not sure what to do with it? It’s still in a plastic pot in a patio pot if that makes any sense I think I will wait until first frost trim it down to about 3" and move it to the greenhouse until the spring is that correc