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I know what you mean Alan, I don't do the email notification thing (tho that's not working either). There is a way of searching on google as well as on here, but can't remember exactly how do it as I can't find the thread/post that told me how to do it.
Think you doing the right thing re hardening them off slowly. I have seen quite a few seedlings outside in my cold frames, but they are in a very sheltered spot and have been outside before this very cold weather.
looks like that a nice plant, is a woodland one?
Golfwhisky, if it offends you that much then just don't watch it
They will be fine outside, like Dove, mine have been out all winter and still flowering, would have more if I remembered to keep deadheading.
Good idea to harden them off first for a couple of days
Aldis today were selling off their bedding plants, needless to say I have now bought more lobelia. 79p for a tray of 10 plants
The little Lupins and Aquilegia look none the worse despite the snow and hard frosts. The crocus are still trying, if the sun shone for a day I might get to see them open
Seen some growth on 2 of the Echinecias, just popping through. Very pleased. Got 4 seedlings that have germinated this year.
Are they bushy in habit, or does one stem have one flower head?
Who cares about the stylus? Harsh yes, but as others have said pen and paper does the same job or you can just do it you head and see what happens.
I've never used any vermiculite in any of my seed sowings £8 on something that is not needed. I use some good fine compost in a propagator (Wilkos) and that's it.