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Jim Macd

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chilli peppers

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 15:27

Thanks, I have fresno seed stored in the fridge and I'm growing Apache again this year just for fun but it's nice to shake it up and grow something different. I had a big bag full of last years chillies. I whizzed it in the food processor and made chilli powder which is so much easier to add to my pizza but I really like to have fresh ones as well. They make nicer sauces and chilli jelly. They're just great things to grow though. I'm sure I look for excuse to use them.

Wildflower id

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 15:20
nutcutlet wrote (see)

It's lovely Jim, it grows in with brunnera and adds height.

It grows in with everything else as well if you don't watch it

okay, that's decided. I'll order some seed. It does have beautiful flowers. 

Forester2 wrote (see)

Nearly tempted to buy a plant on eBay from Norfolk -still hovering - undecided - just too impatient to collect some seed for years ahead. 

Much better to have fresh and even better to have local seed for so many reasons, and lastly it's much cheaper. Once you've got non-local plants you'll never be able to go back and that's going to dilute the local gene pool reducing national diversity. Diversity is the key to survival of our native flora and fauna. 

I've never seen it locally which is why I'm going to order seeds. You watch though as soon as I've got it growing I'll find some somewhere. 

Wildflower id

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 11:16

Yeah, I've been reticent about getting it. I'm still on the fence but that photo is swaying to getting it.

chilli peppers

Posted: 12/05/2014 at 11:09

for future refference, what would people suggest is the best place to buy seeds, what site has the best choice and info? Seedaholic is the best for info that I've found as far as a general site goes.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 19:35
landgirl100 wrote (see)

That is beautiful!

Yeah! I got the seed from Emorsgate Seeds

Species: Oxlip - Primula elatior 
Quantity: 1 g 
Cost: £2.50

They came up no trouble sown in the autumn. I sowed into plug trays and then planted straight out as soon as they'd hold together. I use an old broom handle whittled into a cone. Jab it into the ground and pop the plug in. You can have 120, 2 trays planted in no time.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:44

Me too, they're gorgeous


Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 18:19

I got a nice, pinky, purple one come up, I really can't say what the parent was since the leaves are tiny. I have P. scotica

and P. farinosa


which are really tiny so it's possible they could be one parent. Who knows? Here it is, not a great photo but the only one I could find.



Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 16:19

Oh, the thread has been hijacked. Why do people do this. get your own thread.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 15:01

Hi lg I'm sure you have. According to Stace, 'New Flora of the British Isles', the red-brown form does exist albeit rarely, but I think it's more likely if it's being sold in a GC to be a hybrid, and without a genetic test we'd never know if it were a pure P. veris. However this


that Swedboy linked is most definitely a hybrid. And an ex-cowslip.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 12:02
Swedboy wrote (see)

My red one came from a nursery who sold it with a lable saying Primula Veris Orange with Yellow.

To me it looks like a cowslip but from the photos I have seen its really had to tell the difference. Sadly  I have no photos of my red one only one I found via google.

Well, you can't rely on nurseries to label accurately unfortunately. They will more often than not 'dumb down' their labels because people like to 'know' what they're buying.  I have never seen a true orange or red Cowslip. You have to remember that primulas are one of the most promiscuous plants in the garden. They even have two other 'genders'. Pin and thrum. 

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