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Couple of Ids please

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:17

Some how posted without the pics!


 The first one was grown from seed last year and overwintered and I've had loads of flowers. Thinking about doing the same again this year.  It's taller than what the photos suggests. It just got battered in the rain.

I know the 2nd pic isn't so good, the flowers are going over, but it would be good to know what it is as I've been collecting seeds from it and some have germinated. It looks very carnation like


Couple of Ids please

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:10

Hello everyone,


perenial seeds

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 21:28

I'm a very much a hit and miss type person when it comes to sowing. I'm using an unheated greenhouse and some shelving which is outside. I'm going on the premise that when the seeds are ripe on the plant, that's when I sow them.

The seeds that have germinated well for me both in the greenhouse and outside are Sweet Williams, Jersulams Cross, Honesty and Sweet Rocket.

I've started taking cuttings off my favourites as well. I had good results with Autumn sowings of Calendula and my sweet peas made it through with complete neglect.

Hi Lily

plug plants when can i plant out?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 21:09

I would always have a look at the root system before planting out. If they are growing well, I would be tempted to nuture them a little a bit and just pot on as they filled their pots. You could then put them in ground as bigger stronger ones in the Autumn.

To pot or not to pot

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 20:18

HI Bev, I would leave them a little longer so the plant develops a good root system. What did you sow them into? I do a lot of sowing in seed trays and generally pick out when I see a root system developing from the bottom.

A lot of perennials and biennuals can be sown outside and need little protection over the winter. I had a lot of cold frames in the past and they can be simple as some shelving and some sturdy covering to protect the little plants from the worst of the weather as they grow.

perenial seeds

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 22:28

If you have the space, cold frame or greehouse, you could sow perennials  into pots now. They don't take up much room as they grow slowly and are hardy so easier to over winter.

I don't do any direct sowing because of the weeds. I have a bank that is very weedy and considering whether it would be worth sowing some yellow rattle as I've heard that competes with the grass and I think it would be good for wildlife.

There are also some hardy annuals that you  could sow and over winter as well.

There's some good biennuals that can be started now as well



New allotment OMG...

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:54

My plot is on a slope too. It's work in progress and I'm definately a lot more active because of it!

Didn't have the chance to the work the soil  this year so wondering how to add nutrients this year? The landowner who also grows here says the trouble is everything you put on the ground just runs off!!

It's great being able to grow your own food, didn't think I would love it as much.

Zoomer, don't think I can help on the posting pics, I just checked my green tree and all seemed ok. Maybe some one else to could help, I would love to see you pictures

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 21:38

First year of growing in the ground. I've had really good results with beetroot, grown from Aldi's seed. I've got some late sowings on the go so hopefully will have a later crop as well.

Runners grown from seed off a friend were slow to start but are now cropping, peas and mange tout not so good.

I've got 2 types of courgettes, All green bush and Black Beauty, hard to say which ones doing the best at the moment.

Penstemon 'Phoenix Red'

Posted: 12/08/2014 at 18:30

 Hello again

Your post made me have a go at penstemon cuttings, did some yesterday and was wondering the same thing regarding the bag. Some people use the bags and some don't when they are taking cuttings.The advice I had from here was that you can leave the bags on until the roots show through or you can take them off. I've not ever used a bag before on cuttings, the freezer bags are great though! I have little tents in the green house!

The bag acts as a mini propagator, so you have to be careful to allow the moisture out. My gut feeling is that if they are still looking healthy and haven't wilted they will be fine with the bags off. That's probably what I will do with mine

I did some clemantis montana cuttings in the past and didn't use a bag and out of 6, 3 pulled through, I was pleased with the success rate.

With the amount you put in each pot, I would say it's personal preference. I tend to pot things about gradually into slightly larger pots each time and have been known to put more in a pot to get a bushier plant.

Be good to know how you get on

I've got a new butterfly

Posted: 11/08/2014 at 22:07

That's great nut, I love the sound they make, a summer sound

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