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Ashamed to say I haven't looked since Friday. I'm expecting a mass germination any day now as the temperatures rise.
(Wait for the sulk if it doesn't happen)
I'd leave the nettles in the countryside and waste ground. There's plenty of them out there. I have nettles but if I had a small urban garden I wouldn't consider them. Supposing you did have all those lovely dangly black caterpillars on your nettle. Where would they go when they'd eaten that one? A good crop of caterpillars can eat more than one tub of nettles.
I've never succeeded with these. I lived in Saffron Walden for years, where it was grown on a commercial scale in the past, but still couldn't keep it.
Don't buy a nettle. Any stalk, (this year's or last year's dead one) can be pulled and a piece of root will come with it.
Eryngium variegatum is quite compact and doesn't fall over but it's not one of the bright blue ones.
I like the biennial Miss Willmott's ghost best, so do the bees.
red or white astrantias?
I've sown grass seed that's at least 2 years old. It comes up.
I'll have some with the next harvest Sam. Remind me if you haven't got some by then.
sow them fresh Verdun. Works every time. They'll germinate next spring if not before.
get plastic pots that fit inside your large one. Plant up one for spring, one for summer etc and drop them into the big pot at the appropriate time