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Growing wildflowers

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:45
nick nicolas wrote (see)

Thanx Jim,

point taken, & another thing these Boston seeds I was given they do not say if they are Perennial, which I would prefer instead of plant every year. 

So I wonder what should I do end of summer or next year, do I moan them down or what happens?       ......nick 

for checking if something is annual or perennial pfaf is a good place to look, followed by wiki of course, the trouble with wiki is every page is formatted slightly differently so finding the right bit of info quickly isn't so easy. I have pfaf store as a search engine. 

For example

 http://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Cardamine+pratensis

By the way, a lot of seed suppliers only give very general advice, if any on how to sow your seed so I check with pfaf first to find out if the seed needs special treatment. Again, another example of why you can't always leave it to nature. sorry, take Thrift, Ameria maritima, a lovely plant, and fairly common on the coast. I've always had some so never bothered trying to grow it from seed until I moved here and wanting a clean slate wanted to collect local seed. It didn't grow. I checked on pfaf, and after soaking the seeds got hundreds come up. Saves you wasting seed. I just did the same thing with hounds tongue. Sowed it without thinking. Realised what I'd done after watering in the seeds. I soaked the next batch and they all came up in just over  a week. First lot still not come up. 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 17:39
nick nicolas wrote (see)

Having little else to do I get anxious about all these things so I better leave it to nature that does it best.         .........nick

You might need to keep an eye on the watering Nick, however I'm sure it will be fine but a little  tongue in cheek, if you leave it to nature you'll have oak woodland. There's nothing natural about a meadow. Anyway, watch to make sure it doesn't dry out and it will be fine, it's not so late. 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 04/06/2014 at 11:10

 

I type malaprops and Freudian slips too, and if someone is talking near me I'll type what they're saying. I'm easily distracted.

 

Most annuals won't come again unless you dig over the soil. Corn poppies in particular would not grow without the ground being cleared first. In their native range that's done by summer drought. Annuals are hard work but beautiful and I have only got a couple of poppies this year where I've dug over for one reason or another. I did tried over seeding with a top dressing after cutting the grass as short as possible, though it appeared to be working the grass came through too quickly and swamped out the seedlings. Ground is cleared naturally by poaching by animals, horse, dear, wild bore

 

Growing wildflowers

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 11:08

Remember wild flowers which are agricultural 'weeds' have evolved to grow up close and personal and support each other. I seem to remember though that yours are grown in partial shade so that may contribute a tad but I wouldn't worry, obviously if you want to stake them it's your choice as it's your garden but I leave wildflowers to their own devices and if they die then so be it, they weren't fit for purpose.

Incredible luck

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 19:05

you wan't have to endeavour too hard it's very easy but very shallow rooted so easy to pull up if you think it's getting out of hand. It adds an extra note to a salad chopped up, should you be in need of something extra with your lettuce.  

Privet Hawkmoth

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 16:22

Over hanging from next door and hiding in the privet hedge made up of native and Asian privet. Fingers crossed. 

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 16:16
KEF wrote (see)

Lovely

Catsmother, like the thread title

yes, very good. 

Incredible luck

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 08:19

Thanks both. Nut, I have plenty of Jack by the Hedge too. A bit too much.

damsels in distress (or rather, in dis pond?!)

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 08:18

Wow, Beauties. They don't look real do they?

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