Swedboy


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Saving private Sunflower

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:23

I*ll try the bottle trick. I have used that for my Clematis and Dahlias with success. I think I probably need to do a second sowing as there are no more coming up now and the ones that have where nipped in the bud so to say before I even could try to protect them.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 11/05/2014 at 14:20

Oh well. I hope it will establish itself where I planted it. It reminds me of home and chat's why I bought it. The old one is still looking very unhealthy. I doubt it will survive.

I'd love the ones I have to cross. I am very fascinated by hybridization.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 17:00

My red one came from a nursery who sold it with a lable saying Primula Veris Orange with Yellow.

To me it looks like a cowslip but from the photos I have seen its really had to tell the difference. Sadly  I have no photos of my red one only one I found via google.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 16:01

The yellow type I have http://whisperingearth.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/cowslip.jpg

red type https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3212/4554645585_4a1021edc0_z.jpg

This is to my knowledge a native cowslip (Primula Veris) and the other is a red variety of it.

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:25

I had to dig some of mine out as they where blocking everything else as they were at the front of the border. They seems to  have recovered from the shock and stated to shoot leaves again after dying down totally.

Saving private Sunflower

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:11

Ha ha ha. You can never have too many weapons against the dreaded slug!

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:10

It is. There is a red (ok orangy red) variety of it. We used to have the red ones growing amongst the yellow ones at my mother summerhouse in Sweden (they are probably there but I haven't been at the right time of year for years) I think it is a natural mutation rather than a new hybrid as we have had them in Sweden naturally for decades.

Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:04

I have several ones that I got as seeds from a colleague who had collected them from known strains in her garden. None of the has her colours but that was expected. I am now on tenterhooks to see if the really odd one has come back. It was not as vigourus as the other ones but had a very weird flower. Instead of the bell shape they usually have it had the side petals but instead of the main flower heads it had really small petals like a wreaf/crown. If it does it again I'll post a photo.

The others grow like monsters in the garden. Almost taking over the place.

Saving private Sunflower

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:56

I planted some sunflowers a couple of weeks ago (I kinda went overboard and planted tons of seeds mid April probably too early...) I have had two come up but before I even was able to see them and feel pleased with myself something snipped the growl leaves off. I have sprinkled the garden and the puts liberally with blue organic slug pellets and they are on a patio so I think it might be a feathery foe. What do you lot do to protect them? Last year I had only one that had self seeded in a crack next to the house. 

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:52

Mine has never fully died down and tends to start flowering again in the autumn. My soil is not too heavy  (I have no clue to be honest). It is a built up border that was put in before I moved in so might just be garden compost. Have planted a yellow and a red one in a different part of the garden and hope they do better. I suspect it has just run out of steam. My plan was to get it to cross with the native primroses and primulas next to it which seems to do well (and die down)

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