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Sitting here on a horrible wet day, so am looking through the seed catalogues and I wondered what new seeds forumers were going to grow next year. I must say a piece of cake would help the decision making. Nevermind spicy meatballs for tea and a warming bottle of red
I had decided I wouldn't grow so many plants from seed next year. There's still hundreds waiting to be planted now. But then the seed swap comes round and off I go again. I've already started and there are seedlings. Digitalis grandiflora and a white mallow, both up. Several other sown.
Now I think I'll have a look at a few seed companies. Plant World seeds, Derry Watkins, Chiltern. That will do for a start.
I've been buying seed for about 3 months now and they are all stored in the garage fridge I must get them out and have a look at what I’ve got
I did collect some from my Dahlia so that will be exciting just to see what colour they come out at
Pd - I'll be round later with a cake
Foxgloves for me I think. And more veg possibly.
Have a look James, you may have got some that need sowing now
I normally buy plug bedding plants from a mail order firm but next year I thought I'd grow more from seed. I was in the big garden centre in Newhaven in September and bought lots, including the Ladybird poppies we'd seen when we visited Great Dixter in June. They looked stunning. Bought mustard and cress too as they don't sell it in France then I gave it to my grandson last weekend. Must get some more in November when we go back to the UK.
We had steak Diane (very 70s! yum) and a warming bottle of red. Rained all day.
Haven't decided yet (just getting the catalogues in for the usual nights of Winter browsing - it's not quite the same doing on the web!) I usually grow hardy perennials, shrubs and trees from seed which can be quite challenging but very rewarding as the natural variation you get in seed sown plants can produce unique specimens.
Seed I have in my fridge to date
Lobelia “Monsoon” Trailing
Parsley “Italian Giant Flat Leaf”
Basil “Genovese” (Ocimum Basillicum)
Mountain Cornflower “Centaurea Montana” Hardy Perennial
Cornflower “blackberry Fizz”
Sow Mar-May Flowers June-September
Cherry Tomato “Cerise”
Sow March-April Harvest June-October
Radish “Sparkler 3”
Sow March-September Harvest April-October
Parsley “plain Leaved 2”
Sow January-December Harvest January-October
Sow March-May Harvest May-October
Sunflower “Autumn Time”
Onion “spring” Ishikura
Sow March-July Harvest
Sweet Corn “sparrow F1”
Sow March-May Harvest August-September
Onion “spring White Lisbon”
Sow March-September Harvest March-September
Californian poppy “single Mixed”
Sow March-May OR June-October
Wallflower “single Mixed”
Sow April-July Flowers March-May
Hollyhock “Nigra Single”
Canterbury Bell “Cup and saucer Mix”
Gazania “sunshine Mixed”
Michaelmas Daisy “aster novi-belgil mixed
Sow Not known
Thyme “purple Creeping” Thymus Serpyllum”
Sow April I think
Sweet Pea “Lathyrus Odoratus, Black Knight”
Sow February-May Harvest
Tomato “Sun gold F1”
Tomato “Sun Cherry F1”
Mexican Hat “Ratibida”
Sow Not Known
Malva Sylvestris “Zebrina”
Sow Not Known
As you can see by my list some of the information is incomplete, I would be gratefully of guidance also advice.
I think I have some more seeds hiding some were I will add them when I find them all so would anyone like the Malva as I bought this and the found out they are a very high plant.
Gosh - are you trying to rival the Millenium seed bank . Good luck with them all. I find Google a pretty good source for sowing times etc if you have lost the packet, or if they were collected from plants.
Haven't really decided yet, already got some hardy annuals on the go. Will probably go for more of what worked for me this year, cleomes, statice, cosmos, some more ruddekeias. Will be having more of ago at propagating plants from roots and cuttings (mind you say that every year). Had good success of taking lupin cuttings and hardy gereniums, and managed to get some bowels mauve cuttings to root
James, this is a useful site to help with sowing times
also plant world seeds http://www.plant-world-seeds.com/ give sowing advice
the ratibida aren't hardy so I wouldn't sow them too early.
Asters seed in the garden so may well like a chill to get them going. Cold GH in jan or Feb maybe.
Hiya forkers .... i dont get that much time / patience with seeds although i can understand growing something from a tiny seed as if to bring it to life, whats the most difficult seed you have had to germinate ?
I just cannot get agastache to germinate, tried several sorts. Help! Where's Verdun??
Clueless, I have some of the ones on your list and lots others, but not your patience to type them!
Has anyone grown Melianthus major to flowering size in one season. I like the look of it , but wonder if I would be better overwintering as a small plant indoors, and then going for it with lots of feed the following year.?
I get best results from Brugmansia this way. Ist year I grow the rooted cutting on, 2nd year it goes in a large pot, 3rd year I stick them in the ground. They usually grow such a large root system that they can't be dug up,(and the frost kills them) but I start again with cuttings.
Brum - I remember quite a few people saying they had trouble with Verbena bonariensis earlier this year. May have been the weather this winter/spring. They are quite slow if you start them early, but as soon as it warms up they grow well. I'm hoping mine survive the winter, but if not I'll sow more in spring.
Surprised to see the sowing time for that sweet pea James. Usually you can sow from now to overwinter or in the spring straight outside. Sounds a nice one though!
I had lots of sweet peas this year for the house, but I want some other flowers that I can line out in the veg patch and then cut for the house. I am still cutting dahlias and cosmos.
Don't know how they would go with the veg patch fidget, rudebekias do well here as cut flowers, they are still going