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Perennials from seed

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:51
Cheers Bekkie. I've got. Passion flower in my longer term plan - how lovely to have grown my own from seed. I've lots of time before the site is ready so I'll get on and have a go growing one. I didn't know what eupetorium was so looked it up and sounds ideal for my new bed that I'm intending to plant up in autumn - rough plan is herbaceous with grasses (hence the deschampsia in first post) with echinacea, achillea etc. eupetorium looks perfect for that and I think I've the right conditions. Thanks very much - KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMING for perennials from seed. I've got a whole garden to cover so can do most conditions in terms of sun. Acid clay soil. Where not in full sun/ under trees or banked, soil can be moist.

Hemerocallis Gall Midge

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:38
I had a similar problem with a few blooms ( young plant so weren't many anyway) so this post raised alarm bells. I'd pulled off and binned the damaged ones so can't remember exactly what they looked like but I think like Lorraine's.
Just been out this morning and buds look ok. Pulled off the next one due to open and can't see anyone inside - would I be able to see them?
Also the next one due after that looks to have a tiny puncture in the side - would I be able to see the hole from the fly going in or is that far too small and this hole a coincidence?

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:44
"No heat in a cold GH" (giggle!) makes me sound like a right muppet! Love this forum- you can ask and not get laughed at!

Seeds are priority so I'll not heat ( and not buy anymore overwintering stuff and use fleece for those I have). Can always expand to cold frames at a later date. Wanting to get a feel for how much Ill do, what floats my boat etc.

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:06
Aw, thanks guys. Knew you'd be able to help me out. Sow seed after seed shed - obvious now!!! All I have to do is look up flowering time on or like! Thanks for the sites too.

I've just got a greenhouse. I'm thinking of getting a heater to just about keep it frost free for overwintering. Would this count as a cold greenhouse?
(Haven't definitely decided re heater yet as so far I've only got a fuchsia, geraniums and argyranthemums to overwinter, thinking might get away with putting on shelves with polystyrene, fleece etc.)
And another q, would frost free be better for winter salads?

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 21:08
Hi, I'm hoping to grow some perennials from seed to help fill out my borders. I've spotted Chiltern Seeds has a good variety (first thoughts are hosta, deschampsia) but they don't show the seed packet or much info so I don't know when I should be sowing these things until I've purchased and the packet arrives. Can anyone give me any rules of thumb as a general guide, or perhaps suggest a seed website for perennials? Thanks Noodle

Help! Who's favourite food is Fatsia Japonica?

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 10:40
Did it rain with you before 2 and 4 Dove? It was amazingly (given the forecast) dry the whole party!!! Rained just before - organisers suggested cancelling, and as we drove away after clearing up. Whatever you lot did, it worked! Or someone up there is smiling down! Phew! Advice to anyone with a baby - do not organise a 3 year old's party with a weather risk. It's the first time they understand birthdays and parties so it means everything, and they don't understand weather and postponement!! If I could my smiley faces would have white teeth!

hard earth

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 21:57

Yeah, I put it on top and leave it to the worms. Life's too busy to dig


Posted: 27/06/2014 at 21:37

It's much easier when the ground less dry.  When it's as hard as concrete weeds can be impossible to pull /dig.   You need to hope for a torrential downpour, and then go through the a hand fork pulling it out.  Should be quite easy (and very satisfying) once the soil has loosened a bit.

Hot Wiring

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 19:31

Philippa are you near me?  Im about 10 miles east of Norwich.  thunderstorms, hailstone and power cuts.  Me too.

Nasty grey heap of stuff

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 19:27

2 possibilities come to mind:

1) some of dead crew of the Red Dwarf after the radiation leak

2) the white/grey powder fungus you get when things (eg wood chippings) rot down.  It's not harmful apparently.


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