hollie hock

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Gardeners World returns 4th March 2016

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 15:21

That is good news, it will definatley feel like Spring is here then

Plants and gardening ideas needed urgently

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 15:14

That's a lovely display

Confused by seeds!

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 15:13

As much I love seed sowing I'm trying to keep my hands and fingers off them for about another month. I've grown Delphs, Cleomes, cosmos and sweet peas from seed before. With the first 3 I would sow maybe end of March/April? I used to start mine off inside around this time in a normal propagator but don't have any deep windowsills in this house and it can be a bit tricky this time of year with space and light etc

Can't remember if Aquelegia like a cold spell or not.

So all mine will be sown outside either in my coldframes or greenhouse. If I use a propagator I increase the ventilation or take the top off completley once the seedlings are up. 

Sweet peas would probably do ok now. Some people start them off in the Autumn and others wait till Spring. There's lots of seedaholics on here so you'll be sure of plenty of advice and encourgaement should you need it


Erysimum Apricot Twist/Wallflowers

Posted: 21/02/2016 at 15:02

I like the colours of this type although not ever grown it. If it's like the Bowles Mauve one than I find just keep snipping off the flowers and you will get more

Growing from seed for beginners...

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 11:01

It is trial and error and everyone will have their own way of doing the same thing, but it is relatively easy to get a garden full of plants this way. I grew mainly annuals last year as it was a blank plot and still had loads of surplus. It does depend on what seeds you are sowing some need particular conditions. Once they've germinated, don't water too much as damping off can kill a lot of seedlings.

Seed sowing is so addictive

Good point re variety. I use 5 indiviual strips to one tray so I can grow 5 different types in just one tray.

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 08:58

They would be better off in the ground, not sure when they would flower, next year maybe?


Posted: 07/02/2016 at 08:55

I love the wild type of Honeysuckle, beautiful scent

Growing from seed for beginners...

Posted: 07/02/2016 at 08:55

Hi Sparkles, definatley not false economy. The amount of plants that comes from a packet of seeds never ceases to amaze me. I love growing from seeds, for me it's the best bit of gardening apart from propagating cuttings.

Try and sow thinly as if every seeds germinates you will have a lot of plants! I haven't grown the plants that you are looking to grow but good luck.

I use a normal propagator sometimes start them off in house and then move them outside to a cold frame. In the Spring and Summer I sow outside and let them get on with it. Have fun with your seed sowing

Iris flowering - is this a problem

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 09:32

Planted these for the first time, no show here yet. So bright and pretty

Planting aubretia in cracks in sleepers

Posted: 06/02/2016 at 09:26

If the walls got to come down, I would have a go and trying to save it. Might need to cut it back

Discussions started by hollie hock

Cut down Clematis by mistake

What's the chances of it growing back? 
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Mother in law tongue

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What type, must have scent? 
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Sedum help please

Which spot is best? 
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New shoots

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Natural predators

Ladybirds, lacewings 
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Sweet Rocket

Not convinced this is a purple one? 
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Move it now?

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Blood Fish and Bone

How much is enough? 
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Seeds are up!

Always exciting 
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Lupins and woolly aphids

Once struck, always struck? 
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1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Help any ideas? 
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Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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