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Talkback: 10 cosmos to grow

Posted: 04/09/2015 at 08:29
I grew Cosmos from seed for the first time this year and they turned out to be a show stopper! I sowed the seed in the ground, amongst other newly planted shrubs which eventually disappeared under the huge Cosmos which grew to shoulder height. They were the mixed pink and white variety. They were slug proof, gorgeous to behold and made good cut flowers too. The bees were constantly busy on them and I am loathe to clear them away even now (September) when they are starting to fall over. I have saved seed and next year will give them a larger growing site and stake them too. One tip, I wished I had sown seed in pots as it was hard to weed the bed until the Cosmos seedlings were large enough to recognise.

Talkback: How to create a wildlife bog garden

Posted: 01/05/2014 at 22:08
Last summer I made a bog garden out of a small pond which no longer held water - it matured quickly and is looking wonderful now with lots of lush growth. The flag irises are showing a promise of flowers to come and the arum lily centre-piece has had one huge flower so far for about two weeks. For later colour I have also planted orange day lilies, lemon crocosmia, purple loosetrife and a large maroon leaved plant that has yellow flowers which I don't recall the name of! Tip - use wildlife safe slug pellets when young shoots are emerging in early spring.
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