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18/03/2013 at 12:07

Extremely dry?-doesn't sound viable-you should only water when needed rather that follow a strict regular routine-but not let it dry out completely



18/03/2013 at 12:12

No i have not ever done it but heres the article

assumed by keeping them on the dry side it hardened them off


18/03/2013 at 12:15

That is what I said- not keep watering-do not agree though with getting them to the wilt stage.

18/03/2013 at 12:21

ok thanks for the advice

18/03/2013 at 17:51

My false sunflower is starting to show above the dirt and more honesty seeds coming up these may be less leggy than the other come up even though sowed at the same time they decided to pop up later

19/03/2013 at 09:01
Loads more cornflowers through and now a red onion has surfaced
19/03/2013 at 10:15

Hi All, 

I know this is all a bit sad compared to some of the pics posted but wanted to update a couple of things. 

Here is the new pic of the Rose campion seeds that Lyn sent me this is just 3 weeks after the last pic I posted

 And here is my very spritely everbloom lilac which arrived as just a twig 2 weeks ago with no leaves whatsoever.



19/03/2013 at 10:22

They need pricking out now Dave, not much nutrition left in that pot now. I would pot that lilac on as well as its now going to grow fast.

19/03/2013 at 10:26

Thanks Lyn, I was going to do them today, but took the photos last night. 

19/03/2013 at 10:30

Happy to report all Canary creeper seeds are up along with Sweet Sultan, Cosmos , Rudbeckia . Dwarf Poppies and cuttings from African Violets .  Also, basket seed disks which were an experiment. They are doing very well.

 This was taken last week - there're even bigger now.

19/03/2013 at 10:33

Well done Jean, dont put the canary creepers out till all risk of frost has past, once established they grow about 10 feet in the season. You can collect the huge seeds for next year, not that I have tried mine, as I wanted a change this year.

19/03/2013 at 10:40

Lyn, I don't usually plant any annual climbers out until May - have been caught out before. Thanks for the tip about the seeds - never thought about that but they are related to Nasturstiums and I can't get rid of them now

Collect as many as I can every year but still get loads coming up.

Good job I like them.

19/03/2013 at 21:54

Well, after battling the verbena and thinking they were buggered....i now have 45 seedlings lol.

19/03/2013 at 21:59

How are the aquilegias Sam?

19/03/2013 at 22:05

I have moonstone and Krystal up as well as a purple and white single

I am very chuffed. Going to check on the rest tomorrow. Hows yours doin?

19/03/2013 at 22:06

More seed sowing done here, white cornflowers, corncockles, morning glory, sweet peas,sunflowers, night scented stock, white echinencia, mallow and some more snapdragons, lychins and others. All got from seed swops here and locally and in the sales at 25p a packet last year

From the earlier sowings, overall not bad results so far, forget me nots are doing really well, looking like little plants. white snapdragons, got 3 survivors and are doing well. Wallflowers a little bit leggy but doing ok, with true leaves. Cleomes not so good lost some due to the cold weather.

Gardengirl really pleased that the false sunflowers are poking through, no sign of mine yet but they wont be long.

Good news Sam re the verbenas there's hope for mine yet, no sign of anything but they've had a bit of water and still outside.....45 is loads

So far the little lupins are doing ok

19/03/2013 at 22:12

You have been busy Holly hock lol

19/03/2013 at 22:13

I've got stuff germinating like mad. Lots of aquilegias. Once the weather perks up a bit I'll start pricking out and sowing the next round. I don't like to prick out when it's cold, they might rot instead of growing away. They're still tiny, they'll last ages yet. 
My false sunflowers haven't shown yet. 4 crocuses appeared in their pot. I was a bit puzzled then I remembered putting them in there. 

19/03/2013 at 22:26

Hi Sam, I have a helper who has been very busy.

I think you're right nut, about waiting for the cold weather to pass re pricking out. I think that's what happened to a lot my cleomes. I think I might have moved them too soon and they would have done ok if I'd just left them alone. Got a few that are still going.


19/03/2013 at 22:28

Potted up 10 dahlias today, sowed more French Marigolds (didn't germinate well last time, old seeds), Zinnias, asters (for cutting), and nasturtiums. All in GH and some in propogaters. Re-potted 3 echinaceas that I thought were dead but are now growing and 2 prunellas.