Green Magpie


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Help with Crocosmia

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:34

The leaves are pretty tough and will have to be cut back at some stage, but you may as well leave them a while if they look OK. The corms stay happily in the ground over the winter - a bit too happily in some cases, as some varieties are quite invasive!

cyclamen

Posted: 09/09/2014 at 22:24

I think there are different types, some hardier than others. With any luck, the label should tell you.

Chillis on Thai basil

Posted: 08/09/2014 at 11:15

Basil should be unmistakably fragrant when you crush a leaf. If it's not, it's a chilli plant . And I don't think basil seeds come in pods like that either.

TOMATOES STILL GREEN

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 20:45

And if you haven't already done so, pinch out any shoots that still have flowers or tiny green fruits, as they'll never ripen now.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 18:43

I think I'm doing well if I can just remember where and what my perennials are and find them again when they start to grow! Even without manure or compost, new plants should be fine over the winter. They''ll die back and be dormant until spring, so they don't need feeding now. If they are still in pots and it gets very cold, you can wrap the pots in bubble-wrap to insulate them and stop the whole pot contents from freezing solid.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 04/09/2014 at 08:52

Sounds like a lovely selection of flowers. Not sure if delphiniums will do what you want - most are not annuals and won't be in flower by the summer. But if you can find some elsewhere, perhaps in a friend's garden, they  should be flowering around the right time. Many are too big but you.might find some new, small spikes.

 Verbena Bonariensis would look good but I don't think you can grow it from seed in the time. But this and other perennials can be bought now in pots, and planted out as soon as you find space. Our local Morrisons had some perennials at £2, including Alchemilla Molllis.

Do keep back some seeds for next year, in case those you sow now don't survive the winter.

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 02/09/2014 at 09:31

Yes, I agree about foliage, and alchemilla (which has more of a foliage effect). Young eucaluptus shoots are a pretty grey-green - obviously you can't grown a tree from seed now, but you may know where there is one you could use.Young beech leaves look glorious, but they might just be toughening up a bit and past their absolute best by late June - it depends when Spring arrives next year!. But there's all sorts of pretty foliage, both in gardens and in the wild, that would look good. I wouldn't worry about poisonous plants - people won't be expecting to eat the table decorations! Berries might be a probelm but it wont' be the berry season so that's not an issue. So don't be afraid to do a countryside forage. Depending on where you live, you might even find some wild flowers (stitchwort, lady's smock?). I suppose you'd better give the wild garlic a miss, although your guests could always nibble on that ....

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 01/09/2014 at 09:39

Most of those mentioned will germinate out of doors in a seed bed, but you'll get more reliable results if you start them off indoors in seed trays, and you'll be less at the mercy of our variable seasons.

You might be able to find space  for seed trays somewhere in the house (conservatory? windowsill?) or in a garage or shed if you can arrange a place with enough light.  Once the seeds are germinated, you should be able to plant them outdoors or tranfer them to pots or modules until they get a bit bigger. These would probably be OK in a sheltered corner of the garden. The seed packets will give you more detail on when and how to plant. If you do need a dedicated space, those plastic mini-greenhouse are probably the cheapest way. Or find a friend with a greenhouse?

Don't be afraid to have a fallback plan. For a start, remember that you can buy trays of seedlings ready to plant out. This year my sweet pea seeds didn't germinate so I bought a tray of a dozen little plants from the local shop, which romped away and gave a  lovely display. They're still home grown, all you're doing is let someone start them off for you.

And if even that fails,  a few bunches of cut flowers from your local market or supermarket can always be bought at the last minute to top up. Another way of cheating is to keep an eye on other people's gardens - I've just let a neighbour cut some of my blue hydrangeas for wedding decorations in the church.

And please do let us know how it all goes!

Homegrown Wedding Flowers

Posted: 31/08/2014 at 17:45

If you can get cornflowers to bloom by then, there's nothing to match their deep, clear blue. Or  Love-in-a-mist (nigella) is pretty. Lavender should be in bloom then and can add scent and colour, but you can't grow it from seed in a season.Maybe you can find a friend with a lavender bush?

At our daughter's  wedding we made all the buttonholes and corsages for the main wedding party and several guests too. If you get the proper florist's tape and wire, it's really not difficult. If you want to know more about this, just ask me. We did buy some flowers - cream rosebuds from a supermarket - and added other stuff from gardens, plus pretty ribbons etc. 

Chilli peppers

Posted: 30/08/2014 at 22:19

I've tried both drying and freezing them, and prefer the frozen ones on the whole. The dried ones look prettyvat first but they soon lose their colour, and then you might as well just crush them up to store in a jar. Frozen ones can be used like fresh ones in cooking, and are actually easier to chop when they're still frozen. I still have some in the freezer from two years ago - just as well last year's crop was a failure.

Recently we won a raffle prize of - guess what? - a gift pack with a bottle of chilli sauce, chilli salt and ground chillis.  

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