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Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:14

As a note of interest corn cockles are rare because their seed, which is like a black pepper corn,


doesn't last longer than a season in the soil. So if you don't allow it to grow each year you'll lose it and have to buy seed next time. It does last a few years in the fridge though. 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:07

Denno666 when sowing wildflower seeds it's best to sow them mixed with sand so as not to sow too thickly. You want about 5g/m^2 which isn't very much, if you thing a teaspoon of salt is ± five grams. 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:04

I thought you taking the mick nut. It's a birds down feather on a corn cockle.

Geranium sanguineum striatum

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:00

Anyone else going to post picture of their favourite plants. I noticed someone else had the same idea just a few post before but no pictures

Never Give Up

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 15:53

obelixx that's so sad, hail is the worst type of weather! Such a set back. I wish everything the best of recoveries though. 

Lorraine your Rhubarb needs a pretty big pot, you need at least 45 litres for a Rhubarb. You can buy some good pots that big and not too expensive. This is a link to a 50 litre pot which gives the diameter size if you don't like the style. 

Geranium sanguineum striatum

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 20:05

Just a quick post about one of my favourite plants Geranium sanguineum lancastriense aka Geranium sanguineum striatum. I saw it in the GC today, I was quite surprised to see it there as it's a native albeit a really beautiful one. Its native range is confined to Barrow In Furness. So much nice than the plain version.

 not my picture by the way. I have growing with forget-me-nots coming through it.

Why not start your own thread for one of your favourite plants.

Perennial Planting

Posted: 25/05/2014 at 12:36
Verdun wrote (see)

Jim, That sounds fantastic.  A meadow!  Would love that. 

Im prob a bit too "neat" in the garden....well I am....but a meadow would be a wonderful balance for me.  Now, who has a meadow for sale?  

 I love it so much, I never get bored looking at it no matter what time of year and it's constantly changing. And if that wasn't enough, there's always bats flying round and round over it in the summer. It's as if they now where the boundaries of my garden are. So fulfilling!  I don't do neat though. My garden is more of a tapestry than a collection of show plants. There's nothing wrong with that but it's just not me.  

Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 18:07
philippa smith2 wrote (see)

Jim...........that looks really enticing.............if I had wings, I'd be in there like a shot

Lets hope the insects, bats and birds are thinking the same thing. Thanks

Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 17:07

Put up some new strip lights in the garage over my potting bench so I've got no excuse for not getting in there and doing some work. I didn't realise how much stuff was hiding in the gloom. I can pot up some seedlings tomorrow now. I can't plant them out because the meadow is too long to get in there so they will have to wait for autumn. I've got 240 cowslips, 120 cosmos 120 birds foot trefoil, and 240 dropwort to do though. Yikes. If only I could put them in the freezer until autumn. And I've just ordered more seed. This is the only reason I'm not going to plant them now: …


Perennial Planting

Posted: 24/05/2014 at 13:36
Verdun wrote (see)


Love debates on my fav hobby but all good humoured and respectful of other viewpoints 


Yes, me too, I love a good debate and don't take it too seriously. I edited my replay very badly though, but I see you didn't take any offence. You probably didn't read it all, I don't think most people do, I try to keep my replies down to a few lines but when you touch type it's too easy to waffle on. Especially on days when it's doing nothing but rain.

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