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Talkback: Lavender and thyme hanging basket

Posted: 01/02/2016 at 19:50
I want to plant up 4 large baskets with a selection of herbs. It would be good to see which other herbs are best for baskets. I can adapt the same principles, but the range of varieties of many are so diverse and it's not easy to sort out the best ones to go together.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 22:10

B3, that sounds like a great idea. I have a packet of seed-size collection that I harvested off various plants last autumn. They were all set out in a chocolate box, separated in the plastic tray, until one of the cats climbed up onto the high shelf and knocked the whole lot down onto the floor. The lid didn't come off, but they all got hopelessly mixed up. It'll be a great "name that plant" game for later in the year!

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 22:48

I am full of admiration and envy at your methods Perki. I never was very organised. My efforts at keeping the seeds in sets according to when they should be planted ended when the box got so full that no more would fit in it!

Victoria, I am exactly the same over bargains, and I always think of people I could give the extra plants to, even if they live hundreds of miles away. This is a problem because I don't travel, and I am too far from the post office for it to be practical to do much posting. So they stay with me in bigger and bigger pots, and in the end get planted.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 20:32

Thank you Victoria, I'm not alone! My husband kindly said that it's a sign that I am consistent in my likes and dislikes, and that I know what I want in life. I rather think it might be that I simply don't remember what I have already bought. It is partly, also, that I am too disorganised to keep the seed packets in some sort of rational order.

On your second point, yes actually, if I come to think about it, I might, possibly, have ordered Hellebore plants more than once last year. There are certainly quite - quite a lot of them now, and I certainly didn't order all those in one go... I wonder if it is just our favourite plants and flowers that we are prone to ordering more than once? That would indeed imply that darker forces were at work in our subconscious minds - greedy ones maybe???

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 19:33

Does anybody else buy the same seeds more than once, forgetting they've already been bought, and then seeing the same thing looking irresistible again a month or two later, and now I've 3 packets of wild rocket already???

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 17/01/2016 at 11:31

Maureen, Spring is good weather for us, but it can be short lived, and summer is usually colder and wetter even than Eng/Scot/Wales. The winds are very strong, and the dark days are longer in North too, so the season is cut off at both ends. Some seeds really aren’t worth planting because of this. Tomatoes never, ever ripen for example, and are poor things. Also altitude for all but mountainous tufts. Are any of these things stacked against you getting seeds to flowering point? If they are not, it's probably the soil conditions that are poor - or maybe there are a lot of pests because you are in a built up area? Then you might be able to do plants from seed (which is only really a big advantage because of the costs being prohibitive) if you feed the plants   Or if you got a proper summer it might be a different story, but things don't seem to be going that way in most places.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 15/01/2016 at 19:02

Cottagegardener - I noticed you asked about thyme seeds germinating. In my experience (which isn't huge, but has happened a few times) they are OK as long as 1) they are very well drained, and  2) you plant quite thickly, because those that do come up are tiny at first and get eaten by things. They seem to be quite resistant to rot though, not sure why, so a thicker sowing seems OK.

What new seeds will you be trying this year?

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 20:18

I'm having a go at growing some Broad Leaved Lime trees. It's not quite the soil around here - too acid, but there are chalk flats and lime quarries not far down the coast, and I've heard the flowers contain medicines used by bees. I've already put them in to stratify, now I'm waiting for the spring to wake them up.

Mid-winter roses

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 21:31

Will get the camera in order and try to post my first picture

Mid-winter roses

Posted: 08/01/2016 at 19:36

I don't think they are dog rose flowers because they don't have the central organs, and they are far more yellow than cream in colour, but they fade to a creamy yellow as time passes. They are quite unusual too in that they don't ever open properly, but stay cup shaped like a tulip. We have had them appear during snowy spells too. I will trace the stems to the ground, you may be right that they are some sort of sport from the rootstock because they always appear on very slender stems that are quite different to the big, thick summer growth. That is a good clue to follow up! but then why do they appear only in mid-winter? Perhaps the rootstock is something from a colder climate - maybe northern china? Is that possible?

I must put a photograph up when they are freshly flowering (if I can master the technology)  - it's hard to explain quite how different they are in words.

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