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Janurary Plants; Which are the easiest?

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 08:20

I've been sorting out seeds. A few weeks ago I planted 3 bare root Roses into pots and one into the ground. At that stage we'd hardly had any frost at all and the soil was easy enough to work.

My Daughter has recently bought me a few shrubs./ trees in pots and I'll plant them out when I get them so long as we don't have frost, most likely February.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 08:15

Can someone explain why there are 2 new threads now please. Thanks Dovefromabove for the link. I see one thread is in Plants and the other is in The Potting Shed.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 21/01/2015 at 06:32

Well done for starting this thread. I'm currently going through my seeds and will post a list when I'm done although none of them are unusual and some are saved.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 18:39

The ground is frozen here too. I think it's to stay that way for most of this week.

Seed Swap/Give Away

Posted: 19/01/2015 at 09:43

Are we going to open a new thread for the seed swap then? I still have quite a few seeds free to a good home.

What is catching your eye?

Posted: 03/01/2015 at 18:42
David K wrote (see)

There's a new introduction of a sweet pea called 'Turquoise Lagoon' that I would be interested to see.

The suppliers claim 'each delicate pink bloom gradually matures to a striking turquoise colour' ......probably one of those gimmicky, one season wonders.  

David T&M have them on sale for 99pence per pk.  

I've several different seeds to sow this year, 2 different types of Nemophila some yellow ball Buddlea and some Chocolate Orange Rudbeckia and Indian Summer also some Phoenicum, Salvia and Verbascum. Some of the seeds I bought and some were sent by very kind fellow gardeners. Thanks to Grandmafixit and Forester and Gardenmaiden and Pinkandwhitepoppy and anyone else who sent seeds.

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 14:50

Forester 2 thanks for the lovely seeds and card that arrived this morning. The Calendula will look great both in the garden and at the allotment.

LG2

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.

LG2

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.

 

 

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