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Early sown biennials

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:48

Hi Chris, Wallflowers in bloom now were more of an accident than a plan! Got a bit ahead of myself at the end at the beginning of this year and had an urge to sow seeds. Wallflowers were also one of the first seeds that I ever sowed so I am very fond  of them.

I collected some "wild type seeds" that were growing out of some rubble, all you have to do is show them some  soil and then they are off! Probably about 3-4 months from sowing the seeds and then the flowers.

Stocks- I grow a lot of night scented stock as again, they were another first for me and the smell in the evening air is fantastic.

Don't know much about the other stocks that I could grow.  I heard of some 8 weeks stocks but much more interested in the longer lived variety.Are there any that I could sow now for next year?



Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:20

Lavender Lady, I would be well chuffed if they were nesting in my garden and I was able to get so close and watch them develop into adults.

Great close up pics of the bees Gary, I love insects, the closer you get the more interesting.

Thanks J, I thought it might be

When to plant seeds?

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 17:13

 Hi Mandy,can't help with the veg.

It does all depend on what you want to grow and the space you're going to grow them in.

I'm concentrating on biennials and perennials for next year. I've sown sweet williams, sweet rocket, wallflowers, larkspurs & delphiniums. Forget me nots are another easy seed to sow now, to have flowers next year.

I don't have much luck sowing directly, probably because I don't have the time, money or inclination to deal with all the pests- and in this weather there's plently of slugs and snails about

Ant Infestations

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 16:57

I've seen loads of ants in my garden this year, tbh they don't bother me one bit and I don't seem them as pests. Never did when I was child either

Bulbs, seeds wanted

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 16:54

Hi Lucy,

Just a thought, is it on housing association/council land? These organisations have a lot of interest in anything green at the moment, especially if it's tenant led. There's probably some funding available as well.There's other organisations out there that can help you with funding and assistance.

Good luck with your project

Not Flowered

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 16:45

Hello, I bought one of these earlier this year, I managed to split it into 3 separate plants.One of them had a go at flowering, so waiting for next year to get the show

Early sown biennials

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 22:44

All my early sown biennials have been planted and seem to be doing well, especially the wallflowers and sweet rocket.

A lot of the wallflowers have flowered/flowering, got some more on the go for Spring as well as more sweet rocket & foxgloves.

I do wonder whether  those wallflowers that have been sowed and flowered this year, will they flower next year as well?

perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 22:28

Thanks for the information, the foxgloves are nearly the same size as the ones in the garden that were grown from seed earlier this year.They seem to relatively free from slug/snail damage.

Interesting that you are going to over winter the delphiniums, I was wondering if they would survive. The ones I have had in the garden, didn't stand a chance this year.

If I overwinter them will they keep growing green foilage?  I thought as perennials they would die back in the winter, when the frost arrive, and then come through again & flower the next year. Would they behave that way overwintered  in a cold frame or potting shed?

what to do with unwanted plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 22:13

Carboot sale?

New Clematis

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 21:46

Hi Jill,

Have to agree with Bookertoo, I don't use hardly any pest control at all. Very occasionaly I will put the slug pellets down but that's it.  Someone on here said that rust is the price to pay for clean air, so I don't think you will be ever rid of it. My hollyhocks are looking decimated, but there's still a few flowers on them.

If I couldn't put in the ground, I would put the  clemantis in a much larger pot after it has finished flowering

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