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Currently sitting on my hands - I always start off seeds too early. Good advice above. I am not going to start too early this year. I repeat I am not going to start too early this year...
I have enlarged to photo but can't spot the flowers you spoke of. I think you may have to post another picture when the leaves appear to get an identification. Meanwhile I would take Nutcutlet's advice and take out some of the older stems to open up the centre of the bush a bit.
Oops! Spelling mistake in my previous post - I hate that as a teacher!
Former primary school teacher - after 3 children now reinvented as a teacher' s assistant working with children that need emotional/behavioural support (not in the clasroom) and run a school gardening club - love it all!
Bob, Didn't think it possible, but I am now even more impressed...great planning!
"When it rains, look for rainbows
When it's dark, look for stars"
I heard a parent say this on Children in Need and it really touched me.
I'm in Essex and did mine today. The top growth had started sprouting already so I cut back and mulched it to help protect the base of the plant/new growth.
Looks great - very professional! At 100kg very permanent too, how do you intend to use it after germination in spring?
The shape and number of the leaves made me think of a Cornus. Any evergreen ones?