Posted: 14/05/2013 at 08:12
Cotty,I sowed my scabious seeds outdoors in a cold frame this year, not had a great germination rate, but here everything seems about a month behind where they were last year. I'm growing the annual types.
Quite a few of last year scabious, by some miracle made it through the winter, grew into tall plants with a lot of flowers and I did see butterflies on them
Good going on the ceanothus, Arid Al, the new jasmine plant sounds beautiful. How long did the berry take to germinate? I went to a garden last weekend and they had a beautiful jasmine, I smelt it long before I found it
Sorry for late reply! The berries were sown around May 2012 into a plastic pot with garden compost. This was kept on a sunny window sill & kept damp. If my memory is correct, then I think 3 shoots appeared in autumn, some time after I'd more or less forgotten about the project (I didn't believe it would work).
Since my last post, I was delighted to spot a 2nd plant, smaller than the one I'm training by the kitchen, looking small but very alive in the front garden...
I'd planted 2 of the 3 into my front border with a view to them training upwards into some decorative wrought iron which tops a small wall. One of them got assaulted by the local squirrel, & this one I'd given up on & forgotten about since it looked pretty ropey a month after planting.
It goes to show that sometimes nature will find a way, & we forget that at best we're helpers & not masters of our gardens!