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Help! My cosmos are flowering...

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 21:06

Thank you!  I'll pinch them out tomorrow, they are looking great apart from the big buds appearing.  My 'big' cosmos on the other hand are looking very leggy but I've pinched them out already so hopefully they'll thicken up now.  

Help! My cosmos are flowering...

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 20:47


I have about 30 cosmos sonata in the greenhouse and I've noticed they are forming flower buds already.  I've not even hardened them off and they are only about 6-8 inches high!

Is it worth pinching them out or should I just let them get on with it? 


Posted: 13/11/2014 at 09:28

I know some flower early but this particular variety I saw in flower last March so I think they have become very confused!  The flowers are a lot smaller than they were 6 months ago, I wonder if they will have enough energy to flower again next spring?


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 20:45

I was walking down the road at work today and say clumps of daffs in flower!  This is a first for me, has anyone else seen anything flowering massively out of season?!

Hi all! Balcony garden, complete beginner!

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:50

It depends on what part of the country you live in but if you raise it from seed on a sunny window sill it can go outside in May or after the last frosts.  I

t will need hardening off before then (technical term for acclimatising it to the outdoors) but as long as the nasty cold or windy weather is over it can go out....the advantage of a balcony is that it's easy to bring plants in again if you have to!

Hi all! Balcony garden, complete beginner!

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 20:33

Hi BitterKnitter,

Before I moved, I lived in a flat with a south facing balcony.  My two bits of advice are that if you are growing tomatoes go for a bush (not corden) variety.  You can start these from seed easily enough in March.  Secondly, get on good terms with your neighbour - as everything will be in pots it will need watering when you go away and there's nothing worse than coming back from a holiday to a bunch of dead plants!

Nigella seedlings

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 18:52


Hoping this will be an easy question to answer.  I have hundreds of self-sown nigella seedlings in my garden which I would like to keep.  Will they be okay outside overwinter or is it best to pot them up and put in the greenhouse?


Pond pumps and water features

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:45


I'd like to introduce a water feature in my garden.  As I have two toddlers it has to be safe so I was thinking of something along the lines of a small pool (maybe only 60cm wide) filled with pebbles with a fountain in the middle.

However, I don't have a clue what sort of fountain/pump to buy or even how they are powered.  Any thoughts/experiences would be welcome!



Clearing a garden

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:38

I'm with Fairygirl on the front border,a  nice mix of shrubs should do the trick.  Maybe something similar to what you had in your back garden.  ;)

Seriously, although I'm late to the thread you've done a great job, I wish I had your energy!

Erigeron karvinskianus

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 15:32


What a great idea.  Hadn't occurred to me to grow from seed.  Honestly, you can tell I'm still learning...

Chicky, I have so many little nooks and crevices (well, my garden does) that it will be perfect in.  Looking forward to growing it already!


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