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Taking the plunge

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 10:12

I do know what you mean Matt, I've still got lots of colour. I've been trying to squeeze in some smaller spring bulbs like crocus and grape hycantihs around the base of plants that I know won't be there or in growth next spring. Not so good if you've got bigger bulbs to plant though


Posted: 10/10/2013 at 10:08

Did pick up some bare root ones here few weeks ago, think I got about 10 largish ones and a few stragglers for about £2.00. I usually have some wallflowers on the go throughtout the year as they are so easy to grow. Think there's some siberian ones followering now been cutting off the flowers and the seeds in the hope they give me some flowers in the spring.

Got a few little seedlings growing, bit late but they might come through

Hardy annuals

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 10:02

Thanks nut, they are in the coldframe at the moment and hadn't thought about them growing too quickly........if it stays dry might move them out of there

The correct compost

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:46

I've used normal compost in the past for all my houseplants

Hardy annuals

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:44

Hi nut, still at the very ealier stages........was collecting some corncockle seeds and noticed that on one plant, all the seeds had  cracked/germinated in the old flower head so thought I'd chuck them in  soil as they have come that far on their own!!

They've got their first two leaves and they are in smallish cubes aprox 3" x 3" a few to each cube. It's still been  fairly warm here so sounds like I might have to keep an eye on them and only repot if they become pot bound in the next month. I'm thinking that they won't grow that much as we are heading in to winter

newly planted perennial plugs

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:36

Cold frames are great Arioch, you can do so much in them. Mine are homemade and not the traditional on the floor types, more like sturdier and stronger mini greenhouses. They have shelves so can accomadate seeds trays as well as young plants and you can use them to harden plants off as well

I would have thought the foxgloves would be fine to go in the ground, I'd probably plant the geums out as well if they've got a good root system. Echinaceas very hit and miss for one sown from seed earlier this year, still alive so will try and nuture this one for next year

Hardy annuals

Posted: 10/10/2013 at 09:23

Sowed some hardy annuals in the last couple of days, the corncockles are already up, how big do they grow in the during the winter? They already look big and strong, they are in an open cold frame at the moment. Do I need to still pot them on as they get bigger? I'm assuming that their growth will be slow/stop when we get to Winter?

Also sowed some cornflowers but nothing showing yet



where are the seeds?

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:24

Not done too bad on collecting seeds although it does seem late or that just might be me?  Having a good crop of corncockles, morning glory and cornflowers....... cleomes very hit and miss

Seen a few common carder bees today and an admiral butterfly



Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:15

Think they would be fine in an unheated greenhouse, I have mine in a cold frame but as soon as they get big enough will be hardening them off


Posted: 09/10/2013 at 21:12

I'd imagine that the growth would slow down in the winter months, the ones in the garden are looking very ropey at the monment. It might just be me  but I think they do take a couple of years to really get going.

Grew some from seed last year and they didn't flower this, but did put some on good growth


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