hollie hock

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So pleased

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 20:08

I haven't seen a hedgehog in years. I keep popping to the window to see if he's eaten anything but I think he's still hiding under the bench.

Do you think they will come everynight if food is put out for them? I get the cats in around this time so thinking I could feed the hog at the same time as I feed them

So pleased

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:58

Just seen a hedgehog outside by the back door. He's under the bench right now but I have left him out some cat food.

Made my day

Sowing perennial plants

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:28

I've got a few different types of Aquilegia lurking about so will have a go at these as well. Thanks Lyn


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 19:21

We've all got things to learn Verdun which is why I use this forum. I also think differences make for a much more interesting place. No one does it the right or best way all the time

Sown mine today I'm sure they will look good when the time comes


Posted: 12/07/2015 at 18:46

Not sure but when I had only white in the garden, their offspring came up the same colour.

You get loads of seeds off one plant so you could collect a few and enjoy the rest

Sowing perennial plants

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 12:06

Thanks both. I'm ruling out Lupins as for the first time I had the woolly aphids and that was the end of that. Shame as I love those plants.

Sounds like it's worth giving what I find a go then. I've got time and patience Dave, gardening has taught me that. Not too bad on space Still got loads of this years plants which I'm potting up but they will find new homes.

Now I'm in a better place will be having a go at sowing some autumn sown hardy annuals I think



Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:57

Sorry Verdun, don't do the who's got the biggest one?!!!  Not about wallflowers anyway.Gardening's not a competition, well not for me

I wouldn't know if you had bought them, grown them from seed and sown when or bought them as bare roots in the Autumn!!

All I would say is that it's still not too late to sow them now 

When can new seeds be used

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:30

I try and leave the seeds on the plant until they are fully formed. A lot of seeds become brown or black and come away from the plant really easily.

If you take off the seeds when they are not fully formed I don't think they will germinate. Once collected, store in a paper envelope and then sow

I've got seeds forming on my delphs but they are no where near ready, the seed pods are still green, they should be brown and you will be able to see the seeds inside them when they are ready


Sowing perennial plants

Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:25

I know that this has been mentioned on a few threads but I keep loosing them.

What can I sow now? Think I read that aqueligias, astrantias, sweet williams?

Could you give me some suggestions of some more that will germinate and be ready for planting out in the Autumn? Is there some general rule of thumb to follow with perennials?

I try and collect a lot of my seeds so sow when fresh off the plant but do want to grow something different. I'm sure I have loads of nice seeds tucked away in boxes





Posted: 12/07/2015 at 11:18

Sorry Verdun, but I don't think what you saying is true, well not for me anyway. Those sown now will grow a lot, either way I've found them to be a lot better than the bare rooted ones that you were advocating.

One of the risk that I have found that sown too early in Spring means that you might have flowers the same year.

Looking forward to seeing the Fire king ones will be planted them in large groups, usually just collect my seeds from the mixed ones. They were one of the first plants I grew from seed when I started gardening, love them


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