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Poppies

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:04

If your Poppies are the perennial hybrid types, they will not come true from seed. Most of them revert to the standard red/orange.

Shockers

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 13:02

Forgot about Hellebores, yes they do self seed, but as long as I can get them to flowering size they, sell well so I am not complaining. Ditto the blue form of Platycodon, but strangely not the pink form.

Also should mention Aconitums, they tend to seed if not dead headed.

I have the Book A Botanists Garden on my bookshelves. Very interesting reading.

Spreaders, in this garden with its rich silty peat soil, Lysimachia Firecracker (given as a nice clump forming plant, hah!) L. nummularia. Euphorbia charcias and various other ones where the name has long since gone. Anemone japonica........ Galega officinalis in all its forms. Veronica peduncularis Georgia Blue. Pratia pedunculata. for starters.

 

Propagating Alpines

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 12:52

Exactly the way to do it.

Shockers

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:39

And don't forget that what self seeds here may not do it elsewhere. Some of the plants we grow here, came with us from our previous garden where they were perfect gentlefolks, staying within their alloted space and never producing a seedling. We planted them here and WHAM!

Some of the self seeding stuff is very welcome, Pulsatilla vulgaris for example and Cyclamen hederifolium and coum (lawn weeds here).

Let's face it no Nursery  is going to label a plant a 'thug' when they are trying to sell it.  The most you get is "runs gently where suited' which is how they would probably describe Ground elder.

So far I have only mentioned seed weeds, should I move on to the spreaders?

Shockers

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 17:29

Planted them because I like them.....mostly. All I am doing is reporting the plants which have been over enthusiastic in their colonisation of our space.

Another one is Polemonium caruleum, seeds all over the place, Verbena bonariensis does too. And remembered the ones I meant to add, all Thalictrum except T kiusianum which I cannot get to grow.

and I do not condemn all members of a genus because some are a bit of a problem. They would not be a trouble if we got round to dead heading them as one should.

Take Alliums for example I grow dozens of species and some of them are difficult, the Californian ones especially, but they all have the potential to become a problem.

Just thought of another one, Sedum kamtschaticum, now that IS a dratted nuisance.

Shockers

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 13:42

Some more seed weeds, Erinus alpinus, Viola cornuta alba, Viola corsica, Solidago, Funny that Viola cornta itself is not so bad. Lathyeus vernus seeds around a lot, but I wish L. aureus would do.

Still more seed weeds in my garden to come.

Shockers

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:28

Another seed weed, Roscoea scilloides, the black flowered form. Wish the pink form of this was as prolific.

Pinks

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:23

Certainly would get them out of a greenhouse at the earliest opportunity. I find they do better where the air can circulate around them.

I think I would wait until Spring to put them in their final positions though as said already.

Though having said that there are dozens of self seeded ones in our gravel garden which have only just appeared and they will be out all winter.

 

Pinks

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:07

What kind of Pinks?

 

Leaf cutting bee help URGENT

Posted: 27/07/2013 at 21:06

For me one of the greatest sights and sounds is the little mining bees working away on our Snowdrops. It might be only just above freezing, but out they come and the Wood is alive with them. If the temperature drops then they disappear.

Another wonderful sight and sound at the other end of the year, the Ivy flowers on a huge run of the stuff in the hedge row down our lane. On a warm Autumn day it is heaving with bees. So, the plant makes berries, so the birds eat the berries and so we get zillions of Ivy seedlings everywhere, so?

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