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Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: Yesterday at 14:16

I'm growing Ammi Majus just to add some "froth" to my garden - like ornamental cow parsley.. if you're in Dorset they *might* be in flower in time if you start them off now. Most of the plants people have suggested on here will be. I've Ammi seedlings germinating already on the windowsill and I only sowed them three days ago!

Aquilegias

Posted: Yesterday at 13:42

aquilegias are tough  plants. I've got some growing  (outside) in pots that I started off from seed earlier in the year and some seedlings that have sprung up around plants in the border that set seed in the summer. I'm letting the ones in pots bulk up a bit but will plant them out this Autumn. The ones in the borders already will stay where they are. They survive winter pretty well, in my experience. The thing they hate though is their roots being disturbed once they are established so it's probably better to plant your seedlings out now where you want them to grow. They've got time to settle and develop a bit. Maybe pot up a few for insurance and keep them in a sheltered spot outside until spring?

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: Yesterday at 10:34

good point - too late to grow Honesty for next year now (biennial), but the seed heads should be ready any time soon if you happen to see some in a friendly neighbour's garden....

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: Yesterday at 10:10

ooh good idea Bekkie. If anyone you know is growing Honesty in their garden see if you can bag some of the pretty seed heads - silvery discs (have a look online if you don't know them). I'm sure you could find a use for them

Identifying shrubs

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 21:44

tricky without a pic but could your shrubs be viburnum tinus?

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 21:39

cossetting -  means "spoiling/ pampering/indulging" same as for (some) small children! now you've got the gardening bug you too will soon be talking about plants like most people talk about people! the cultivated plants we grow in our gardens are quite sensitive things compared to their wild cousins and need a lot more care. Wildflowers just get on with growing, as long as the conditions are favourable. We have to nurse the cultivated ones along a bit - they don't like it too cold, wilt at the first sign of drought, want regular feeding and are useless at repelling the various pests intent on eating them. That's why I would keep the wild flowers separate to the other varieties - in theory at least, as long as you follow the instructions on the packet, you should be able to leave them to their own devices and concentrate on their much more demanding relatives.

Verdict....your new plants this year

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 15:35

I quite fancy one of those. It's meant to be compact...what has that meant in your garden Verdun?

Verdict....your new plants this year

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 13:19

all my legumes failed. Broad beans barely flowered, withered and died. Runner beans were munched to death by the large and hungry mollusc population who managed to breach all my anti-mollusc defences. Sweet peas (Cupani) were doing really well, started to flower and then succumbed to mildew.

Autumn Sown Hardy Annuals

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 12:00

go for it. I've always got stuff in mine (and on every sunny windowsill!)

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 10:44

on feeding, don't feed them till spring, they won't grow much over the winter. Should be fine with basic compost - add some to the soil if you sow outdoors. I would grow the wildflower seeds separate from the rest, they don't need as much cossetting as cultivated plants, just a bit of compost in the soil. Once your other plants are growing strongly in spring, feed them occasionally with multi-purpose feed then when they are coming into flower, switch to tomato feed to get lots of blooms. Check out the advice on growing sweet peas (plenty on threads on this forum) to make sure you get the best out of them

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