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10/03/2014 at 19:07

Artjack, good luck is all I can say.  Dad and I always got them so far, and then they dampened off.  We did get some information from the RHS - we understood that they wanted cold and light, but not heat, but if you get them going in a heated propagator I would be interested to hear - maybe that is where we went wrong all that time.  Verdun, I think the thing about blue, is not a problem with the colour per se, but the nature of the blue.  Most blue in the garden is purplish.  Mecanopsis is probably nearer to green on the colour wheel, so it clashes with the other blues and purples.  I think it can look unnatural, which means placing it needs careful thought.  But hey, I can't even raise it, so I don't even have to think about it!!  (Sour grapes!)

10/03/2014 at 19:37

True blue?  Salvia patens, salvia cacalifolia, gentians, ceanothus,,caryopteris,,ceratostigma, linum perenne, anemone blanda, Pulmonaria blue ensign, geranium black beauty, verbena rigida, blue hyacinths, felicia, agastache summer sky, Anchusa, penstemon Joyce grenfell....grow em all for their true "blueness" 

10/03/2014 at 19:40

Now there's a song for the other thread Verdun, another favourite of mine 

Anyway, I'm here to discuss my envy of Stacey's chilli show for mine yet  (Although what can I expect when Stacey is the expert

10/03/2014 at 19:48

 There you go Tracey.... I'm no expert just an avid grower and as you can tell by the section still covered on the left where all bar one have not yet germinated  but this is cause I know the conditions weren't right!!!! 

10/03/2014 at 19:50

They are all lovely, but definitely closer to purple than mecanopsis is.  Which is not to say they are not true blue, but that mecanopsis is slightly turquoisy.

 Hopefully the images above will demonstrate what I mean about the colours clashing a bit!!

10/03/2014 at 20:04

I reckon put some yellow and orange with those blues and it will look fab!!!! I like clash

10/03/2014 at 20:10

Oh yes, totally.  Just not with each other.  Meconopsis would look lovely with marigolds!

10/03/2014 at 20:46

Blue can look subtle too.  Classy colour ....if true blue. 

10/03/2014 at 21:32

Stacey- they look good healthy seedlings. Mine are starting to shoot. They are sitting in the lounge by the window. Obviously the heat has helped 

10/03/2014 at 23:22

Busy bee, so much to envy you for, but your grapes I can't even get sour ones, you lucky thing (sorreeee, couldn't resist. shall i get me 'at)

Verdun, i did so not actually really swear at you. If I add amazing pork crackling to the yorkie puds will you love me again?

Can I add access to any farmyard poo to my list of envy? And Edd's knowledge of composting and worms. But it won't be envy when you start that new thread, WILL IT, EDD??? not that I'm nagging or anything

11/03/2014 at 07:59

I must admit to not being a fan of 'true' blue flowers usually, although I do love flowers such as bluebells (which are more purple).  However those blue ones above look beautiful and I think would go lovely with yellows or pinks, I've no idea what they are of course but they look pretty 

11/03/2014 at 08:18

Gardenjeannie, you drive a hard bargain......but yes yorkie puds added to pork cracling will buy my total affection 

I would urge anyone to look at linum perenne, the blue flax, and not admire its true blueness   

This morning the scent from daff cheerfulness.....I have quite a few of amazing. 


11/03/2014 at 08:20

Is that what the bottom picture is Verdun?  I will put it on my list for next year, I had better not buy any more this year 

11/03/2014 at 08:58

My Himalayan blue poppies are just starting to emerge from the soil.

11/03/2014 at 09:03

Here's my attempt to make you envious......My winter project turning this....


to this.....


11/03/2014 at 10:53

Gardenjeannie - actually, we did get some sour grapes on the front of the house last year, but I think I have pruned the vine too late this year, and the sap will have been rising, so have probably made a grave error.  They were no use to man nor beast.  Even the birds didn't bother.  Tracie, if you meant the bottom picture of my four (cut and pasted from t'internet I hasten to add, not grown by yours truly!!) it is the mecanopsis.  From the top they are ceanothus (an amazing shrub/bush/tree which is covered in blue in early summer I think - I have failed to grow it both here and in another garden), the second is a gentian.  I have only ever seen one of these up in the Italian Alps - they are pretty rare I believe.  The third is just a hardy geranium (I think they will grow anywhere!), and the fourth is our subject for debate - the mecanopsis, which I think comes out April or May, but how would I know, since I have failed with it completely....!  BTW, in case any of you didn't see my other thread, here is the greenhouse so far....!

11/03/2014 at 11:22

verdun, I totally agree about flax; it is the most wonderful blue, keeps on flowering for months flourishes in an area of poor dry soil and pops up year after year without being invasive; the perfect plant

11/03/2014 at 17:44

I'm envious, chris65, that looks great. Did you cut all those logs yourself or are they not real ones 

11/03/2014 at 17:52

I have had a Mandarin duck on the pond this afternoon, envious or what?

11/03/2014 at 21:02

Me, too, Chris65, that is going to look lovely once your plants fill it.

Oh, goody goody, Verdun, glad you still love me

Busybee, you might be lucky with your vine, fingers crossed. if so, hope you get better grapes this yr.

Yes, Doc, haven't seen one for years

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