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26/01/2013 at 10:53

Compared to annuals they do take longer. I'll go out and have a look in the greehouse after another cup of coffee. I was hoping that with the sun out the snow would be off the roof by now and it would be warm enough for coffee out there.

26/01/2013 at 11:38

Hmmm, I fetched mine inside on a windowsill. Have I done the right thing do you think?

26/01/2013 at 11:40

Not for aquilegia, no. Get them out in the cold.

26/01/2013 at 12:33

Still just the 2 angelicas up. They were sown back in the autumn. The aquilegias have only had 2 or 3 weeks. This sort of sowing and germination is nothing like annuals and veg. It's a much longer process. Most of what I've got out there would have germinated very quickly if I'd sown them fresh but they weren't from my garden, they'd been dried off for packing and gone dormant. The chilling is a way of breaking the dormancy. I know some people just sow them in the spring and the come up but this method has always worked better for me. I use it on anything ranunculaceae; aquilegias, hellebores, aconitums. perennial apiaceae; the angelicas, astrantias, and the primulaceae. Most of the hardy trees and shrubs get the treatment as well.


26/01/2013 at 12:39
Ok back in the greenhouse?
26/01/2013 at 12:44

Definitely or even outside if they're not about to get washed out by rain. Snow won't hurt them.

26/01/2013 at 12:51
Ok. Thanks. Will do that now. Larkspur and snap dragons, foxgloves the same?
26/01/2013 at 16:19

Snapdragons need protection. Foxgloves are hardy. I've never got larkspurs to germinate.

26/01/2013 at 17:06

On this forum recently someone suggested that larkspurs need the cold treatment.


27/01/2013 at 02:12
Basil is up and 2 Christmas roses from last years flower.
28/01/2013 at 20:16
Thanks nutcitlet and lizzie. Great news Lyn too. My black cornflowers up. Sowed some beans today and my artichoke, scabious and sea holly. Very happy bunny I will put my larspur back in the greenhouse too.
28/01/2013 at 20:18

Which beans Sam?

28/01/2013 at 20:46

Hope they were broad beans!

28/01/2013 at 21:00

They were that Lizzie

29/01/2013 at 14:51

Red Orache are up and my black cornflower went from 9 to 27 over night

Broad beans are Robin Hood Geoff

29/01/2013 at 22:02

Hey more seeds up calendula popped up today I sowed them just under 2 weeks ago, not done them this early before but worth it when you see the seeds growing.

02/02/2013 at 10:58

Yes. Another lot. One of the paeonies. Mudan hybrids. This will be a wait and see experience. Could be anything. They were a 2 year germination. Usually are if I buy them. If i sow home grown seed fresh then they come up the following spring.

02/02/2013 at 15:50

More of my honesty seeds have come up bit by bit I think these seeds appear, still waiting for the proper leaves to come up. Long time for those seeds to germinate nutcutlet I suppose if fresh they germinate quicker

02/02/2013 at 16:08

Think they must do Gardengirl. The books say that in the first year the root grows and in the second the shoot but I've never found a root after the first year.

I'm waiting for the next emergence now.

I've spotted some variegated honesty getting ready to flower this year so you'll get another supply anyway, whatever the current batch turn out to be.

02/02/2013 at 16:12
My seeds arrived today gardengirl. Thanks hun
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