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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.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 15:38

Pink and White Poppy that's fine by me of course. Cangrandmafixit I've sent you my address.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 11:04

Gardenmaiden many thanks for your generous gift of the seeds and the lovely card, they arrived just now. Yours are on their way.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 10/10/2014 at 06:31

PinkandWhitePoppy, I've pm'd you my address. All those who have reqested seeds will get them and some were posted yesterday, the rest will be in the post today.

When I receive any I'll post on here and send a pm too.

 

Sorry only know what I have read about what would be the best way to ripen the sunflower seeds. I'm leaving mine on the plant and taking off tatty leaves to make them look a bit better. Last year some ripened at the allotment quite late in the year despite a lot of rain as the head was leaning forward slightly.

I have seen on Wiki How that if you cover the head with a brown paper bag, cut the head off leaving about 30cm of a stalk. Hang the brown bag with the sunflower head up somewhere dry where air can circulate. Periodically check the head to make sure it's not going mouldy. After about a week or so the seeds should be easily removed. If they are difficult to remove then leave the head for another while as they are not yet ripe and dried properly. Sunflower seeds will be easily removed when they are ripe and dry, if you're finding it difficult then they're not ready.

 

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 09/10/2014 at 06:03

Many thanks to Perki for the seeds that arrived yesterday. Cangrandmafixiit and Gardenmaiden I'll get your seeds off for you today or tomorrow.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 16:09

Gardenmaiden I'll set aside some Rudbeckia and Cerenthe. Just pm me your address and I'll get them off to you. That's the Rudbeckia all gone now folks.

Could you perhaps spare some of the Verbascum and do you have any Bishops Children Dahlia left?

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 09:57

Cangrandmafixiit no problem at all I'll set them aside for you and get them posted this week. Can you pm me your address.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 09:14

 

 I've been going through my seeds recently and have come across envelopes with saved seeds, packets with half the seeds used and new packets of seeds I'm unlikely to use. I thought I'd pop them on here for a  week or so and if anyone wants any of them then just send me a pm. If not then I'll bring them to the next allotment meeting.

Saved seeds
Aquilegia random mix, these are taken from blue white or yellow flowers I grow.
Calendula
Cornflower mixed colours I've grown pink, burgundy and white, pale blue and the normal deeper blue ones.
Foxgloves, some native and some saved from Candy Mountain but they may not come true.
Lupin mixed
Corncockle
Cosmos Sensation
Cerinthe Major Purpurascens

Opened pks

Moonshine Sunflower
Thumbergia Susie Mix
Rudbeckia Brilliant Star
Purple HOnesty
Hollyhock Majorette Mix
Wallflower Orange Bedder
Lavatera Silver Cup
Lavetera Twins Hot Pink
Zinnia Early Wonder Mix

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 08:50

Sorry I don't know how to do quotes but Perki thanks for posting the seeds. I'll let you know when they arrive. I'll put my list on today.

 

Overwintering begonias

Posted: 06/10/2014 at 20:46

What I did last year was remove the soil from the corm. I made sure to check there were no insects or vine weevle grubs hidden. I left the corm to dry out before removing any further soil that was sticking to it. Then I wrapped them up in newspaper, each corm in 1 or 2 sheets and stored somewhere cool and dark until about March time.

Then, when I was starting off my overwintered Dahlias I started the Begonia off as well. I've had smashing blooms all summer. Hope this helps but others may have different ways of storing them.

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