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Posted: 19/06/2012 at 14:13

@Ross Gravett:  sorry - seem to have rather got away from the original question you posed.  It seems to me that these plants do have more than the traditional one year's flowering in them, so your question about dividing them perhaps needs some consideration.

Not having done it, I can only theorise.  But the good rule of thumb is to remember that plants are at their weakest when in flower if you are wanting to divide/move them.  So I think I would wait until they had finished flowering (and dead-heading them will give many weeks of blooms) and then give them a bit of a feed.  Come the autumn, when the soil is still warm, dig them up, divide and re-plant, watering in generously, but making sure that the roots have good drainage under them.  (Add grit if your soil is heavy). 

It must be worth a try - after all, what have you got to lose?

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 14:05

Thankyou backyardee - very useful info.  I'll try "in the green" and also try to be patient! 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 19/06/2012 at 14:03

Bright and sunny though a fair bit of cloud and still a cool 'nip' in the air.  Should be warmer tomorrow.  But Thursday onwards - we have a yellow alert for - guess what?  Rain! Again!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 23:12

Oh Rain - what a shame.  The pic is lovely.  A couple of thoughts:  first - have you tried the product "Get off my garden":  it's readily available in GCs and there are green jelly-like crystals that you sprinkle around to deter cats.  I've found it's worked in the past.  Secondly - if you still want to sow grass seed, then, as I understand it, this is not a good time of the year to do it, unless you are prepared to ensure regular watering (though we may get enough of that naturally!)  Late summer/early autumn is often given as being a good time, since the heavy dews help with moisture, and the ground is warm to promote rapid germination.  And since we've had a cool spring, the ground has a way to go to warm up properly.  Hope this helps. 

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:59

@yarrow2:  thanks for the reminder about the Harlow Carr way of getting them to germinate.  I've just watched it again.  The chap said it could be done either in the autumn or the spring, although they favoured the spring sowing so they could identify each plant's colour.  Nothing about planting the under-ripe seed, though.  Perhaps I confused the other advice with ordinary primulas. 

Candelabra Primulas.

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 21:38

I found it impossible to get any germination from dried seed.  But Carol Klein said in a previous series of GW, if I recall correctly, that the primula family of plants is the exception to the rule about ripened seed, and showed how to propogate by sowing fresh seed.  I intend to try this with my plants (bought as mature plants) as they stop flowering.

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 17:18

But you're a chap, Geoff, and everyone knows that men don't do nimby-pimby pinks and pastels.   Now - Monty is a case in point.  He clearly loves his Jewel Garden of bright colours, and it does look stunning.  But I get the impression that he's none too keen on pink for some reason or another.

btw bold, clashing (almost) reds, yellows and oranges can be stunning.  Trouble is, they are the palette of late summer/early autumn, I think, and I want some - well, lots of - summer before all that! 

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 15:00

Thankyou sotongeoff - quite inspirational!  I'd forgotten about some of those - and I can picture them fitting in perfectly with some planting schemes. 

(Perhaps we should have a colour-driven photo thread?  Mind you - I'm still struggling to find ways of posting photos.  I did have a photobucket account - but a change of laptops and a falling-into-disuse has made that route hard.  Technophobe? Moi?)

Page numbers not working in My Posts

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:30

Ditto.  I wanted to look up some info I know was on a previous thread, to which I had contributed, to try to help a new poster.  Couldn't get beyond the first 10 of  "my posts" 

Overrun by blue flowers

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 14:25

Alkanet?  In full flower at this time of year, as discussed elsethread.

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