Mark 1963

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Soggy Polyanthus

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 15:50

Thanks Matt

Soggy Polyanthus

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 15:27

It is poring of rain today and the flowers on the polyanthus are turning to mush! Is that normal in wet condistions? They look bonny at the garden centre, yet within a year outside they are looking a right motley crew! Can I cut off the leaves that have gone mushy too!

Leaf blower/vac

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 18:39

thanks again nutcutlet, at least I know what to look for

Leaf blower/vac

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 17:40

Hi All

You know those leaf blowers, I see there is a vac on them. Do they suck up leaves and grass clipping that fall on the gravel, without sucking up the stones?

Hardy annuals

Posted: 13/10/2013 at 17:34

Hi Hollie Hock, I know! sowing seeds now is brillant! at the same time as I sowed the cornflowers and Cal poppies, I thought well in for a penny and went and got some Helichrysum (had them last year for the 1st time) seeds from Homebase, only £1.50 a packet and they are doing well too! Not as big as the others, but I could be potting on into indiviual pots in November! Can't believe I'm saying that. Hope our Scottish winter will be forgiving in my unheated greenhouse

Newbie Needs Help

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 19:36

Hi Gareth

What I would do to get you started is go to Homebase or B&Q and but buy some winter pansies and viola's. I noticed they were quite resonable price last week. Buy some containers, plasitic will survive the frost and ice. Use a good multi-purpose compost, like 'Miracle-Gro'. You can then place them outside near a window for the lady to look at. Just keep them moist if the compost looks dry. To see if they do need watering, just stick your whole finger in the compost, if it feels damp no need to water.

When the flowers fade, you will see a little seed pod. Pick those off for continue flowering. You can keep those pods, dry them out and the seeds will burst out for sowing next time, but that's if you want to when you are up to speed.

Hope that helps for now, don't hesitate to get back to the forum. We are here to help

summer and winter viola/pansy seeds

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 14:44

Thanks nutcutlet,

summer and winter viola/pansy seeds

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 10:32

Hi All

I have collected viola and pansy seeds this summer. When is the best time to sow them for a display over the four seasons.

I'm I right in thinking that seeds are seeds regardless what time of the year they were originally sown/purchased?

Viola and pansy seeds

Posted: 12/10/2013 at 10:25

hi Caz, the experiance I have with viola's is that they like to grow in the cool and flower in the sun. Too damp and they rot, too hot and they wilt. So I'll imagine it's the same for the pansies. Can you do half in your mini greenhouse and half indoors to see what works best?

I'm going to start a new thread in 'Problem Solving' asking about summer and winter seed sowing. Lets see what comes back

Winter Reading

Posted: 11/10/2013 at 14:17

I have got to dig up my Pelargonium and get them ready to overwinter as well as help my wife decorated the hallway

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