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* Red Dahlia *


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A few things

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:34
My fatsia went mushy in the middle and 2 tiers of leaves have faded and come off. I'm keeping everything crossed it comes!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 23:11
Sam - we are the same moved into a little village where the avg age is prob 65-70!!!! I'm 31 and trying to. Improve the garden. The back was heavily landscaped with just a lawn abs some pots on the wall sour rounding this then a dog kennel and a hot tub!!!! Hot tub in an excouncil village house!!!! The front had a silly statue lawns and standard plants in pots lining the drive. All looked pretentious.

We are making beds and trying to soften. I made boarders in the small back garden and really want the cottage look. Going to widen the boarders from 1 ft to poss 2 this year. My other half in not enamoured as its cutting down the lawn!!!! But I will wait till he is out!!!

We still have a smaller dog run but swapped the ugly dog run concrete for a raised veg bed. I have photos on here if you want to take a look. It's a thread called photos of my garden (I think!!!) it's just 1 year on and not much but I'm working on it when money and time permits!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 22:43
Oh! I just love the little rigida. Wondering if I should have a furtle around at my cuttings and see what's happening. Have you taken cuttings before then had leaves go partially brown but then just stay in that state??? It's most perplexing. Been around 2 months with no changes and no sign of new growth!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 22:23
Chicky - my twin calls me it all the time!!!

Holly - I have 2 late winter cuttings that have so far made it but I want more to dot about!!

Sam- are they the rigida type. The big tall verbena I have is def alive but the squat rigida I'm just jot sure about, it's currently coarse brown leaves he he we are all mixing up names!!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:32
Nutcutlet that's what all have said, at work. I have 2 in the garden and as yet no life! Hope I haven't wasted money. Took seed as insurance policy. Even stabbed myself trying to get the damn stuff out the cone! Blood everywhere lost lots of seed to my own blood! Eugh!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:30
Thanks chicky (funny name as its my nickname!!!)

Just saw the seed heads screaming at me and I harvested and got v excited. Then realised I had no clue how or when to sow and how long they would take!!!!

I sowed some gazania bronze and for some reason they came up and then lifted themselves in top of the seed compost root and all, just laying there on top - confused.com!!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:23
Thanks nutcutlet. I put soone scabiosa down as ripe seed and nowt, nada, niet, nothing!!

Think will try some in a pop bottle cut open And cotton wool in spout then stood back in its own base as a water reservoir! Worth a punt do you think?

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:20
Chicly - did the echinacea come in 2 weeks. Did you chill your echinacea and verbena first?? Really want to give them a go but don't want to be dissappointed!

Do you think trying a few in a pop bottle propogator would work??

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:17
Thanks Sam. Loved the scabiosa was gorgeous and stayed green over winter. Thinking will give that a go then.

Took cuttings of the verbena but they just look half rotten so unsure if they will come! Just hope the original plant comes back ok, no life as yet!!

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:10
Hi all I would love to know how to germinate..... Echinacea Verbena rigid Centaurea amethyst dream Scabiosa Beaujolais bonnets Liatris All my own seed. Thought I would give it a whirl as it will just be wasted if not!

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