Latest posts by PaperFlowers

Spring sweethearts

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 14:45

Busy Lizzie I love your violas- they made me smile. I've got a sky blue one with a cream/yellow/orange middle and it's one of my favourite plants of all time. I think I'll be more picky, as you clearly have, next year and do a really nice container full.

Seedlings and frost

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 09:34

Thanks nutcutlet. Fleece I can do - I've got a huge role of it

I went for sowing now because mid-May seemed awfully late to be sowing seed, but the seedlings are just so tiny!


Seedlings and frost

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 09:05

Hi, I have recently sown some seed direct into the gound and now have lots of seedlings dotted around the garden. I think we might get some frost at the weekend - will they be ok? Is there anything in particualr I should do?

I have sown a wildflower mix, cosmos, poppy, parsley, rocket, spinach, chives, coriander, spring onion.

All are tiny, just starting to sprout true leaves.

Sweetpeas - shall I divide up my plugs?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 10:45

Thanks! I was worried they might be over crowded

Sweetpeas - shall I divide up my plugs?

Posted: 24/04/2013 at 09:59

I have had some sweet pea plugs devivered and each 1in x 1in pot has 3,4 or 5 stems in it. Each plant has 3/4 sets of leaves and they are quite root bound.

Should I divide up the individual plants at all or are they ok like this?




Silly question about clay

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 10:32

Blimey Goldilocks, perhaps I will just stick to Dahlias!


Silly question about clay

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:19

I have just discovered that one end of my garden is composed of 20 - 25 cm topsoil overlying solid clay on one side and sand/gravel on the other - both clearly natural.

I had hope to plant some dahlias down there this year (on the clay), but ultimately was thinking of a couple of nice shrubs (pieris, not sure what else) in the corners. Will that work? The clay is obviously very solid and I don't know if plants can survive growing into it!


Sweet peas

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 09:12

I have gone ahead and planted mine out because they arrived in tiny plug trays and I couldn't be faffed with potting them on after reading they are actually quite hardy. They've been out for a couple of weeks now and are doing fine.

There's a really great thread on here about growing sweet peas where I have had loads of good advice - search 'growing sweet peas' and I'm sure you will find it

sun dried toms

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 08:06

Yes I do them in the oven on about 130, not too sure how long for though I'm afraid - until they look good.Here's what I do (adopted from my Brazilian housemate years ago):

Cut the tomatoes in half, place on very well olive oiled tray and sprinkle with salt, sugar and oregano (dried fine). Cook for at least an hour. If they are browning at all turn the oven down.

Once done, store in a jar with olive oil, including the oil from the tray.

I don't know how long they keep as they never make it into the jar in my household.

Anyone grown stocks or snapdragons from seed?

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 16:00

Thanks nutcutlet - I wasn't sure whether they could withstand a frost. Yes I have mostly pricked them out, but they are still quite crowded so I'm keen to get them planted out asap. I must have at least 150 - can't bring myself to get rid of any...

If they survive winter do they flower again?

Also, have you ever had any snapdragon seedlings with three leaves instead of two? I mean three seedling leaves, three true leaves and so on (they look like a triangle from above). Lots of mine are like this.



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