Latest posts by Gracie5

Seed companies

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 14:38

I've recently seeded a mini-meadow from seed growers on Ebay, I have ordered from them before so I know they are reliable and if I am looking for something unusual I always look there first. My bulbs have come from Wilkinsons as well as garden centres.


Posted: 24/09/2012 at 14:22

The way I take cuttings from Buddleja is to snip off 10 inch hardwood stems (do a few) and cut just below a leaf bud. I put the cuttings in one of my planted pots and just leave them there until Spring when they should have rooted. It’s always been successful doing it this way and I have never used hormone rooting liquid.

I've always grown Buddleja and in my experience in the first year they suit pots beautifully but two years on and they will definitely need to be planted in the ground. 

wild life in the park

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 10:00

Hi flowering rose. Kingfishers are certainly very shy of people and what a treat, I'm still trying to get a pic of a Kingfisher to add to my growing Flickr pics. Where is the town you are referring to?


Posted: 24/09/2012 at 09:54

I have three Buddleja 'buzz' and in the write-up it says they are ideal for container planting, I don't agree with this and they are far better planted in the ground, so you are definitely doing the right thing.  Mine have grown to 5ft and are still in flower, very important to deadhead too. 

I have another that is just really a cutting, about 10inches tall with four big flowers and still making more budds.  It's in a clay pot but I'm not sure whether to leave it there during Winter or plant it in the ground now.  Just to say they are a fantastic species of Buddleja and because they are head height, all the better for seeing the butterflies that love them.

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 12:58
Alina W wrote (see)

One thing, Gracie - many hardy annuals don't like being moved, but should be sown in situ. Poppies are a good example.

Thanks, Alina. It's the wildflower 'small scabious' that has germinated in a pot and I expect it is one of those flowers that would prefer to be scattered where it is to flower.  I've already scattered some in the meadow but will enjoy experimenting with the little seedlings that have germinated.

id help

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 09:12

What I would suggest Newby2012 is to post another pic when the flowers are more visable.  It just looks like a picture of a weed to me!

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 19/09/2012 at 09:04

Your replies have given me more confidence. I have sown a small meadow with hardy annuals and perennials but kept half of the seeds to sow next Spring in case I lose some in a harsh Winter.  I have some hardy annuals germinated in a small pot which I will pot on when they are big enough.  Thanks for the very helpful replies.  

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 18/09/2012 at 09:42

This is probably a stupid question! I sowed some hardy annuals two weeks ago and the wildflower Small Scabious has germinated.  What happens to hardy annuals during winter, do they die down to come back up again in the Spring or will I lose them? How do I look after Hardy Annuals during Winter?  Just to say I've been gardening for years but am fairly new to growing from seed!

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 13/09/2012 at 16:59

This Anemone looks gorgeous and will have to add it to my list of plants to buy. Always a nuisance but when a plant is new,  it's difficult to find in garden centres. Anyone know where I can buy it? 

Orange flowers

Posted: 11/09/2012 at 09:51

Also, don't forget those lovely orange Winter pansies which have a lovely scent. Planted in a pot on the garden table can cheer up a dull Winter.

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