Start a new thread

1 to 15 of 15 replies

My borage loves to escape from the veg patch to the borders, as do English marigolds. Valerian and buddlia do almost too much. But I love plants for free, not just because of my Scots ancestry but it means the plants are right at home with me.
I love Welsh poppies (meconopsis cambrica). Some people don't like the fact they self seed everywhere, but I see them as a gift of nature. I used to have only yellow ones because I wanted a more controlled colour selection, but I threw down some orange seed just to mix things up and add to the colour of the wallflowers. You can control them by not letting them go to seed if you are fussy. Verbena Bonariensis one of my all time favourites, it really brings everything the garden together.
Yes also looks good with Perovskia, this photo from Savill Gardens. Of course the yew hedge behind makes the picture too?
I too love Verbena bonariensis, I grew it from seed many years ago. I took plants with me when my husband and I moved to Spain and they self seeded prolifically around our plot in the mountains and looked great growing alongside the wild flowers and grasses. My Spanish neighbours loved them too. We returned to the UK a few years ago and brought our plants back with us. Unfortunately the severe weather we had last winter killed off my large Verbena bon. plants along with several others, but luckily I never cut down my perennials until Spring and now have lots of seedlings popping up everywhere, I just dig them up and move them where they are needed or pot them up and give them to family and friends. I have two wonderful Lupin plants that suddenly appeared last year as seedlings also oriental poppies spring up everywhere, I've never planted any neither have my neighbours so I presume I have the birds to thank. When my foxgloves and aquilegia seed pods turn brown I assist them by giving them a little shake, then cut some off and scatter them elsewhere - I just love plants for free.
My garden is currently a competition between ox eye daisy and oregano trying to out do each other and colonise the whole patch. they have even reached the front garden some how.


i also like forget me nots and violas. they pop up every where in my garden. i have a problem with cats, so i just dig up as many as i can and plant them in the problem areas as well as broadcasting as many seeds as i can. the only problem is in spring, i have to do a lot of thinning out.
My auricula have just blossomed again. Is this unusual? It certainly took me by surprise_ They are beautiful
Can any one give us some tips on how to get a mock orange to flower. The graound is clay , although we have fed and dugin compost it still refuses to flower
surely there are more than shearer and myself intersted in advice on overwintering geraniums I even tried digging up and drying out storing in boxes but lost the lot to mildew. Taking cuttings seems to desicrate the plants just when in full flower-then lose them in the greenhouse??? ah well....
Justified making my first send at, which seems to be a wonderful forum!
I love verbena bonariensis but for the first time ever lost mine this winter - normally they survive out here in the Gulf Stream (southern Hebrides) so I've become rather complacent about them. I shall have to start treating them as annuals, as others do. Alchemilla mollis and red valerian (centranthus) are my greatest self-seeders. The alchemilla pops up everywhere from between the paving slabs to the middle of the lawns to the vegetable patch, but for the most part I just leave it where it wants to be. In summer the red valerian more or less takes over the steps up from the patio, but I can't pull it out because the butterflies and humming bird hawk moths love it so - and we love sitting watching them. Every April I leave some purple sprouting and kale to flower and run to seed. The area literally buzzes with bees - they love the yellow flowers - and later the seedlings pop up everywhere. It saves buying a fresh packet each year, and we now have some wonderful purple-leaved kale.
My best self seeding plants in my relatively new planted back garden have got to be the splendid Nicotiana Silvestris....I have planted four young plants in summer 2013 and was rewarded by the most amazing display which lasted a long time. This summer, to my surprise the beauties have gloriously popped up again, they obviously seem to enjoy the spot I dedicated to them on the first place. Stunning. My clay soil seem to be very appreciated by my everywhere selfseeding forget-me-not and foxgloves also thrives and multiply. The pretty orangey yellow faces of calendulas are popping up everywhere, so are my superbe gigantic and pest free nasturtium. But the most surprising found were the lunaria and the salomon seals, which decided to explore my garden coming from my neighbour's. Of course, this self seeding habit also applies to numerous weeds, so you can't have your cake and eat it in my case!

Sign up or log in to post a reply