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Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 07/09/2014 at 21:33

Hi Amy

Just in case you are using the method I described above with Ammi Majus, if you have sown them in a pot as I did you will probably need to thin out the seedlings - the seeds are so fine I sowed far more than I needed to and they all seem to have germinated. I've taken out roughly every other one. It seems cruel but if they are crowded, they won't thrive and will be difficult to separate when it comes to pricking them out (ie putting individual seedlings in pots/ modules to grow on). Mine are about an inch high. No true leaves yet, but I have taken off the plastic bag that helped them germinate. Still on kitchen windowsill for now

Hummingbird Hawkmoth

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 13:17

stunning photo. Not likely to see them in my own (urban) oasis but was lucky to see lots at Samphire Hoe in Kent a few years back. Magical

Garden Sitcom Name.

Posted: 06/09/2014 at 13:08

The Great British Rake Off

Top of the Pots

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 21:32

I'll wait until they get their "true" leaves - this is the second set of leaves they grow, more like the leaves on the mature plant (although this is the first time I have grown them so I don't know what they look like!). Then I'll wait until they look sturdy enough to separate out and I'll put them in individual pots in aforementioned PVC greenhouse. The seeds were really tiny so there are lots of seedlings  -  I expect I will lose a few but if I manage to get 10 or more potted on I'll be happy.

Just so you know I've sown them in a small pot of compost (windowsill not being very big). I just covered the seed with a bit more compost and stood the pot in a dish of water so it was damp. Then I put a clear plastic bag over them. Seems to have worked. I'll take the bag off once I have quite a lot of seedlings.

Ugly structure in garden

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 19:55

personally? I'd get rid - wood probably has all sorts of unseen probs. It's prob a bit dangerous. I had hideous decking outside my back door when I moved in and soon put my foot through it. It might be concealing something but my guess is previous owner fancied a nice sunny deck to sit on............and built that. You don't like it now, a lick of paint is unlikely to change that.

Planting out seedlings

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 19:45

Hi Munzle

Nut and Bekkie have probably given you the best advice. You just need to put them somewhere sheltered - against a wall is fine. Just somewhere they won't be subject to the worst of the weather. Don't worry too much. I have a small, PVC greenhouse which will be full of tender plants over winter and I intend to use the butler's sink in my garden as a cold frame - I will just chuck some horticultural fleece over it if we have arctic blasts forecast (you can pick this up in pound stores, BTW). We should have some nice, warm weather over the next few weeks and I am sure your plants will get off to a good start. Also, you will probably lose some -  often for no apparent reason. That's just nature. They'll probably be fine in pots over winter. I just like to get mine in the ground as soon as poss because I am lazy. If they look like they need a bit more TLC, keep them protected in pots.

Planting out seedlings

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 17:45

good advice from Munzle! let them settle into their  pots and once they look like they are growing strongly (new shoots) and filling the pots you should be able to plant them out. If you pot them up in small pots you might also see roots growing through the holes in the bottom. As it sounds like you have quite a mixture, you might be able to plant out some earlier than others.  I would aim to get them in the round before the end of October - the soil should still be quite warm even if we are shivering - depends where you are. They will continue to grow for a while, and then once winter is upon us, they might disappear entirely, or will at the very least look very tatty, but don't worry they will pop up and start growing strongly in Spring. So make sure you have something to remind you where you planted them! Try and avoid walking on the ground once you have planted them. If you're planting bulbs too, probably put them in at the same time or around the perennials whilst you can still see them. Good luck!

Hydrangea help!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 15:25

aah good point Obelixx. My hydrangeas are mophead (round heads) and lacecap (flatter). I think the paniculata ones are more ice-cream shaped, Amy and the quercifolia ones have leaves shaped like oak leaves which go red in Autumn. Best to have a google for images of plants that look like yours.

Ideas for all year round shrubs

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 15:19

I think the tree in my garden is a katsura - I don't seem to get the sugar smell from the leaves but it is very pretty now with the leaves turning gold and orange. It was here when I moved in 15 years ago - not sure how old that makes it but it is pretty big now (about 30ft tall), definitely a tree! can recommend Daphne Artopurpurea Odorata.

Hydrangea help!

Posted: 03/09/2014 at 15:01

Hi Amy

Leave it till spring to prune them - I leave the faded flowers on mine all winter. Once you see emerging new buds on the stems below the flowers, cut off the dead flowers and dead flower stem down to just above them.  (Here in London I did this in April, but it depends like so many other things on the weather and what spring is like where you are). This way you get some winter interest from the fading flowers, and they provide frost protection to the  buds that will form flowers next year.

If you want to stop them getting too big, take out some of the oldest stems by cutting them right down to the ground. Cut some others back by a third and prune the remainder as I've suggested above - this will stimulate fresh stems to grow and these and the stems you cut back hard will not flower next year, but they will the year after and it stops the plant becoming too big and woody.

Other than that, they just need some compost - it doesn't  have to be ericaceous but if they had blue flowers that will probably mean your soil is acid and ericaceous compost will help you get blue flowers again next year. If the soil is alkaline, they will be pink. Any compost is better than none! They need plenty of water, so if we have a dry spell in this promised Indian summer give them a drink and make sure they are well-watered when they start growing again in spring.  They will drop most of their leaves over winter, this is normal, but if they are thirsty, they show it by drooping spectacularly!

Main thing is not to prune off too much or you will lose next year's flowers, but if they have got rather large, you might have to prune them drastically and lose the flowers for a year.

Hope this makes sense


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