hollie hock

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Anyone started there cosmos seeds yet?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 19:26

Beautiful pics, haven't seen the Antiquity type before.

My first seeds are in and  I popped into Wilkos for some cosmos seeds but they were sold out, so came back with some larkspur, scabious and some echium blue bedder. Not grown the echium before but it's meant to be good for the bees.

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 19:11

Beautiful day here. My first seeds are sown, snapdragons, some dwarf asters, sweet peas and night scented stock. Divided clumps and re planted snowdrops and grape hyacinths. So lovely to be outside, a few bees and some ladybirds about


Anyone started there cosmos seeds yet?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 19:59

Tomorrows the day for me. I usually grow the tall ones but the get to big for my garden will be doing the dwarf ones this year. I'll use a propagator outside in my cold frame.

I don't generally pinch out these plants but it would make them bushier I guess


Posted: 16/03/2016 at 19:44

Thanks Gardengirl, I'm chuffed with it, especially the doors. He made it all out of recyled free objects.

I think I can get 4 seed propagators comfortably per shelf so that's a lot of room for me to fill up. I've got boxes of stashed seeds but I think I will be doing some seed shoping tomorrow

It's great to see the first new shoots, are you expecting them any day?


Using a propogater as a cold frame?

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 19:20

Sweet peas do really well outside, inside they just get a bit weak and floppy.

To harden off them just gradually increase the time they spend outdoors over the next few days. I use cold frames but if you don't have one a sheltered spot outside once they are used to it will make them a lot stronger. Some people sow them in the Autumn, outside, no cover. I don't think they would need feeding at this stage


Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 19:02

Thats an excellent price musher Have decided I am going to give them another go. The market here sells small perennials for £1.50. I'll have to pot them on and then see what happens


Posted: 16/03/2016 at 18:41

I'm really sorry to hear that GWRS, unfortunately that's the way it goes sometimes.

 Has the secruity of the site been improved if that's possible?

New coldframe completed, I'm very happy with this one There's been a slight rejig have a new potting on area too





I'm good to go to start sowing this week


Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 16/03/2016 at 18:19

Thanks for your replies, Lupins are one of my favourite flowers and the bees love them.  Maybe if I see a cheap plant around I'll try it out in a different spot, just to see if they come back.

I think I might have tried the washing up liquid on the plant that died, mind you it was covered in them by that stage


Lupins and woolly aphids

Posted: 13/03/2016 at 18:33

I've grown Lupins for a few years, last year I had my first attack of these. They came on mass and the plant collasped.

I love Lupins and would like to have one in this garden. The plant that died was probably in too hot a place so if I grow any again I'll be planting in more of a partial shade situation.

Is hit and miss with these things or is more than likely to happen again? I'm not going to use chemicals and it's doubtful I'll do anything organic either.



Posted: 13/03/2016 at 18:20

Well you've been busy on the seed sowing front anyway. Still not started here, but have got new suplies in. Need to dig out my seed boxes and see what's there. Might give larkspur another go this year and some snapdragons

I was tidying up one of the beds and saw loads of self sown achillea or possibly candytuff coming up, so will getting on with it this week hopefully

I don't understand vandalism GWRS


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