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.
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.
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
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
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