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What flower seeds could I sow outside now to flower this year?

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 13:25

Pretty much any half hardy annuals will flower this year, and should not really have been sown yet outside yet anyway (wait till last frost date)

Try here

I've bought seed from them before so can recommend


Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:30

I've got a variety called Raspberry Red, which has very red stems even when not forced. I went for this because it's in my border so wanted something colourful. Picked my first (unforced) stems on saturday and had crumble yum




Posted: 13/05/2013 at 10:17

Ah the old "moist well drained soil" i often wonder if anyone actually knows what that means, as it appears on just about every plant label you ever buy. 




propagation boasts and failures

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 14:12

I got a bi-colour buddleja from one of the online suppliers, as normal this was a small plant (pretty much a cutting). I planted it out, 2 days later the dog snapped the twig above ground off. I was not best pleased but though what the hell and planted the snapped twig incase it was salvageable. I now have 2 plants - thanks dogs

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:31

For annual type seeds, this website is very good 

Seeds are reasonable price, but the best bit is that he puts a load of information in the blog about how and when to sow everything he sells, he also has a few good pdfs with info on them too. 

He's also very proliffic on twitter and always answers questions @higgledygarden


Plants to attract butterflies

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:15

I think verbena lollipop is just bonariensis, but a shorter stock. Remember to take cuttings, as they are not fully hardy. Mine didn't come back this year so the cuttings are going out. Easy to do, just plop then in a cell tray with cutting compost and stick them in a cold frame over winter. 

Too many raspberries

Posted: 09/05/2013 at 10:08

If they are autumn fruiting they should be chopped right back anyway. So first step i'd say would be to chop everthing down to the ground. Then after this year you can take stock after seeing what comes up, you might find that once you start with a proper fresh patch that they become more manageable. 

bee flies

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 15:59


Non-cultivar flowering plants

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 15:14

Another vote for pulmonarias, the variagated ones can add bright splashes in the shade garden, and at this time of year, they are where all the bees in my garden have been hanging out. 

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:44

I've asked  Michael Perry ‏@gardening_greek  on twitter, He's T&Ms new plant specialist. Might be interesting if he has any comments on how to overwinter these, and if they really are supposed to be truely hardy. It's been a long cold winter but here in newcastle it#s not been that wet really. infact if anything it's been a bit dry. 

In the same area as i planted the foxglove i've got, astilbe, phlox, wild garlic, normal foxgloves, heuchera, primula, hostas, and rhubarb, all those are fine and made it through the winter no probs, just not the illumination. 

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