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window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 19:12

No problem

This year has been very poor............ but there's always next

B & Q had daff bulbs for sale today

window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:59

PS- like Kate, I've picked up loads of "rescue plants" in corners of garden centes and DIY places at very low prices. All they need is a bit of TLC to coax them back into life.


window boxes are a wash out this year

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:55

I know what you mean, I grow most of my stuff from seed, and because of the rain and lack of sunshine a lot my annuals haven't flowered like they should have. My sweetpeas were really late, Purity Cosmos, I have had only 3 measly flowers, with the promise that there might be some more.Scabious are looking like they might flower but very late. All of these plants are very lush looking so I'm still hoping for a bit of show all be it a late one.

obelixx- interesting what you say about snapdragons. My self sown ones are my star performer of this year despite the weather. I've already had their  first show and they are really bushy.


Ant Infestations

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:35

Hi Annie, the red ones do bite, I can see that would be a problem with very young children.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:31

I love it!

I'm trying to create a wildlife garden, so I'm trying with my plants to entice the insects in, other creatures then will follow.

I have a small pond, put in last year. All the advice says it's in exactly the wrong place (and it is) but not so long ago I've seen 2 toads and tadpoles. Nature will find it's own way.


Posted: 07/08/2012 at 18:18

Thanks for the info pavery,

Don't know anything about the new postal system at T & M?  Even though I thought the perennial plants that arrived were very small, they were healthy and most of them are growing up really well. The only exception were the echinaceas, despite poting on I've lost most of them, haven't had much success with my own sowed either- slugs/snails absolutley adore them

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

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