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Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 20:50

I just wanted to add my experience of growing wallflowers from seed. I sowed loads throughout this year including sowing them in late Spring, a lot of these have flowered already or have flowered in the Summer or will flower soon.  Some of them have gone to seed also. This has really surprised me as I honestly thought I was sowing for flowers next Spring So I don't think the hard and fast rules apply with these plants. It will always depend on your locality and the weather conditions.It is probably a bit late to sow seeds now,  to get flowers for next year. Having said that if you have a cold frame or greenhouse and you live in fairly southern location, I would give it go.

I had some lovely bare rooted plants bought this time last year form a local market- and they were very cheap. 10 plants for a £1- bargain

Am I posting too much?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 20:23

hello chris, I've been reading this thread, post as much as you want this is a great forum which is open to everyone.People themselves will choose to respond your comments or not and disagree if they want to. That's the way living in a democratic open society is.

 Many things are ironic some are not.


the birds and bees

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 20:06

Agree that Anrirrhinums are a plant that bees love, they are all over them.I've heard that Nastursians(sorry about the spelling) are good companion plants to grow. As well as Calendula. Maybe some wallflowers as well. Have to stop myself here as I'm a flower grower and not veg

Spammers are back :- (

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 20:00

They are very annoying , but it's good we've found a way of dealing with them


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Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:53

Worked for the one I've seen, I'll do the same for the others. Geoff  could you tell me where the others are?

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Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:47

Ok will try that

Sage _ Why Can't I grow it?

Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:44

maybe that what's my clary sage has grown so well- never grown it before, very strange plant but lovely and grows in my partial shade, heavy soil.

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Posted: 27/09/2012 at 19:37

Me too Dove- I don't want to even open the thread. Is there a way of ignoring them just from the title of the post?

Inspiration and ideas needed

Posted: 26/09/2012 at 21:22

Hello Jeff ,have to say looks like you've done loads of work and it look like you are very creative

When you say the front wall, I'm assuming you mean the part that is painted in the dark Creoseal including the steps up. I like the darker wood effect but as you say it has come out very dark, if it were me I would probably hold off painting the other sleepers that colour for now. The reason I'm saying this is you have a fence of a lighter colour running behind it all. So if you paint the other sleepers that colour than you eye would be drawn to the lighter fence behind.

I do think that the dark colours show off the foilage of plants brilliantly but of course that will  depend on the overall light that you have in the garden. You say that the garden is predominatley north facing and I can see some trees behind the boundary. It's difficult to judge when you don't have any green foilage to constrast the dark colours. If you paint the other sleepers the dark colour then It would definatley give defination to the separate area which could look great.

Maybe start introduce some plants in there in there so you can see how the dark colour works with the green of the plants and take it from there.

I agree with Kate, introduced some spring bulbs, daffs would look great in the Spring and work well with the dark colours.

Hope that helps

Fork Handles

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 23:27

PP- yes it was an horrendous experience- it happened so quick. I just heard her making a noise, growling/wailing and  she just ran at me and it was a full blown attack.

To make matters worse I was getting dressed at the time so had a lot of bare skin on show. I had to fend her off with a duvet but that didn't put her off at all, she just kept on coming. My OH had to stand in front of me so I could get out of the room- really scary.She would have gone for him as well if he had pushed his luck.The only way I can describe it was a feral, rabid animal.

But........ she's had her op and is back to her normal self. I'm am still a bit  wary but fingers crossed things will work out well. like I said it's a lesson learnt that if you are going to keep cats indoors you still have to neuter them.


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