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Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:48

Gran thanks very much for the lovely card and the seeds that arrived this morning. You've been very generous.


Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 19:40

Forester 2 Cerinthe major purpurascens is really easy to grow and once you've grown it you'll always be able to get seeds to sow in following years. I've been growing it for about 8 years now and only ever bought one packet of seeds.

I've seen it described as either an annual or half  hardy perennial depending where you look. If I find seedlings in say Sept time I'll give them protection in a sheltered spot or cold frame. I sometimes sow in october and don't bother to put them under cover at all. Otherwise I'll sow in feb/march. The seeds are similar in size to lupin or sweetpea so very easy to manage. I've never soaked the seeds either although some people do.

It's silvery / grey /green foliage and purple hanging bells surrounded by purple/blue bracts are a great addition to both the garden, flower beds and allotment bringing in tons of bees and pollinators. It grows to around 60cm. I pinch some of mine out to make them a bit more bushy and they're not overly fussy on the type of soil, my allotment has clay whereas my garden has lovely rich conditioned soil.

I've not ever brought any inside for a vase but Sarah Raven says to sear the cut stems with boiling water and they'll last about 10days in a vase.



Flowers to Grow in Allotment

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:23

You've got great selections of flowers there and those pics on the previous page are smashing.


I grow Borage, lovely flowers and it brings in the bees and I've got an area devoted to Comfrey, lovely flowers and it makes a good fertiliser too.

One flower that nobody seems to have mentioned, forgive me if I've missed it, is Cerinthe Major Purpurascens. I grow it every year and it is magnificant. Wonderful for attracting pollinators and makes a good cut flower I'm told.



Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 11:11

Lyn many thanks for the lovely card and the seeds, they arrived this morning.


Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 14:52

Thanks a lot Lyn, I've sent you a pm with my address.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:44

Lyn would it be possible for me to have some of the following please. If so I can pm you my address.

Cosmos Double click Snow Puff

Stachys (lambs ears)  

Lychnis coronaria

Tall pink echium

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:37

Soulboy many thanks for the Sunflower instructions. I have several still in situ and yet one more to open properly and I'm hoping the wind does'nt break them over the next few days.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 15/10/2014 at 11:36

Pinkandwhitepoppy many thanks for my seeds and the instructions, they arrived today. It was very generous of you to spend your time and include the instructions so carefully given.


Ideas Please

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 08:38

I think Geranium Bill Wallis would be lovely in that spot and it's tiny purple flowers would compliment your Gypsophila and other plants around. I've grown it for years and can easily keep it in check by dead heading. One of mine is still flowering now.

Advice on Fuschia, please.

Posted: 11/10/2014 at 08:34

That is one beautiful Fuschia little-ann. It looks so good with the variagated cornus.

I find that late summer and autumn are great for the red and purple fuschia but the pink and deep pink ones have bloomed well all summer.

I take cuttings as a precaution too but leave my hardy ones outside even if they are in containers and they've done ok these past few years.

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