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Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:17

This is what you get if you allow Dianthus  to self seed.
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Allium Seeds

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:30

This is what you get when you allow them to self seed.

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 I have grown dozens of varieties of Alliums from seed over the last cough cough years. It is reasonably easy, but the bigger the bulb the longer the wait for flowers. So here goes
Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.
Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.
Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).
Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.
When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damage, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.
Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.
Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.
I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.
Cannot think of anything else for the moment.
Not as hard as it seems. Oh and since they are almost always self pollinated you get what you sow, no variations. UNLESS you have been given some Allium flavum hybrids in which case.................

Allium Seeds

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:01

Ours have been in situ for well over 10 years and they are the same size as when first planted. They have increased in number. Our soil is good and fertile though.

Seems a shame not to try them from seed. Sow a few every year and before long you will have bulbs ready for flowering coming along in succession. Cheaper than buying them.

Most of the tall Alliums are forms rather than hybrids so they do come true.

Plant problematic

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 21:28

Should do, but it survived treatment in our last house. We moved!

Plant problematic

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 21:00

Possibly Pratia pedunculata.

Disaster

Posted: 11/06/2015 at 20:51

Once the Cabbage roots flies are in your growing area then they tend to attack every year there after.

Sad, but all you can do is interrupt the cycle, either by killing the grubs,or preventing the flies from laying their eggs or not growing Brassicas for a few years.

Succulent Problems

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:45

Put it somewhere warm and stop watering it.

Disaster

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 20:37

Bit late once they have started on them. Cabbage root flies that is. What you need to do in future is to put the pads down round the plant when you put it in. These are circles of roofing felt with a slit to a hole in the centre. They stop the fly laying its eggs on the plant stem.

The chemical treatment makes the plants inedible to my way of thinking.

Straggly Geum

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:39

Which one is it? Some of the taller types do tend to flop without staking. Totally Tangerine and Blazing Sunset both do it.

What on earth is this ??

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 17:38

Being persecuted these days as it is mistaken for Lily beetle. Shame, it is one of the good guys.

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