hollie hock

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Posted: 28/01/2018 at 11:50

One of my favourites too. I split some small clumps last year and they have done really well. Will leave this year and split next. I hope they self seed too

Don't disturb the hedgehog!

Posted: 27/01/2018 at 09:19

I'd been tempted to leave it alone until the Spring, as you might disturb the hog in there. A couple more months wont make much difference. It's great you have a hedgehog set up home

What's in flower in your garden now?

Posted: 27/01/2018 at 08:34

A few small primoses, bowles mauve and some snow drops with a few crocus nearly there

When to start planting seeds

Posted: 27/01/2018 at 08:29

Things like Verb B and snap dragons have always done well for me with an early sowing. I tried out a heated propagater for the first time and whilst things germinated quickly, I didn't turn the heat off or take the  cover off so things got too dry or wet etc,coupled with the warmth and poor light, most of them keeled over. Just too many variables for the small seedlings.

The surviors ruddebekias and some calendulas have spent their first night in the seedhouse outside and look ok this morning, so they might pull through.

My autumn sowing of Larkspur in the seedhouse are doing very well good roots showing through the bottom of the pots. I'm leaving these out in the daytime now, just tucking them back in at night.

Growing from seed is my favourite gardening activity


Posted: 27/01/2018 at 07:58

I would have thought it unlikely that they have all been eaten. I guess like anything they take a while to clump up.  A couple of weeks ago I was looking for mine and then yesterday I popped out and there they were

Too early to sow?

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 11:24

I'd say too early, especially for the cosmos. I've sowed hardy annuals in Autumn but I suspect the temps and light were better then than now

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 10:48

Thought I'd share my experiment with using a heated propagator for the first time. The first photo is calendula at the back, ruddebekias and goblin gardillias at the front. The tiny ones are snap dragons, I forget how small they start off.

I've also had a couple of heliotrope pop up and some penstemons which I wasn't expected much from.

Some are a bit leggy as expected so will earth up today. Germination was super quick, I sowed them 6 days ago, I can see how useful they will be for cuttings.

Never knew that about snowdrops, I've got one clump up but no sign of them anywhere else

Scabiosa still flowering

Posted: 13/01/2018 at 07:59

There are annual scabiosa and perennial types. All my annual ones are long gone but I have a perennial one with some tatty flowers on it. I've left them just in case an early bee is looking for some food. I'll cut them off near to Spring time

Annuals for small containers

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 09:12

I hope they do well for you, just a couple of flowers of these and your garden will seem heavenly

Annuals for small containers

Posted: 12/01/2018 at 08:50

I'l sow outside, from mid March onwards. The seeds are tiny so it's hard to say how many, due to the nature of the plant I think they are best grown in small clumps. They are prone to dampening off so I try and to be a bit sparing with the seed. Fresh seed always seem to do better for me

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