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Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 11/07/2015 at 17:09

Hi

my superstars so far, all grown from Chiltern seeds this year, are:

First place - acroclinum rosebud double giant flower mix. Lovely strong pink flowers with tonnes of paper like petals and yellow middles. Long stems, lots of flowers per plants and long life in the vase.

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Second place - Ami Majus. Lovely sprays of teeny tiny white flowers. Essential to mixed displays in the vase. Tonnes of flowers per plant. Very natural. I was dubious as thought it would be like Cow Parsley and it is, sort of, but much classier! Love it,

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 Third Place - Iberis umbellata candy cane series. Pretty clusters of flowers of a gentle shade of purple. Good stem length. Tonnes of flowers per plant.

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A new entry, flowering this morning, is Didiscus caeruleus. Gorgeous cluster of blue flowers. Lots of buds on the plants. Not picked it yet as only one flower but hoping that they will all come out soon. If they do they will be a contender for second place. Here's the one so fare.

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 I've liked Mathiola too which are like stocks. Great scent but not many flowers per plants. 

Disappointments have been Double PomPom White Cosmos. Really raggy looking flowers and short like in the vase. Also, my verbena failed to germinate. I know it's a tough one to do from seed. I think that some of the seeds ive grown are for plants that won't flower until next year. 

Been a good year for sweat peas sown in autumn last year. The ones sown this year have been very slow for me though.

what are your stars?

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 19:24

Wow, your patch looks amazing Matty! It's certainly come on lots since your earlier photo. Are you pleased with it? What has been your star performer so far?

Dedicated to dogs

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 19:21

Matty she looks lovely. Gorgeous eyes. 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:58

let us know what you have in flower Gardengirl. I'm really happy with the aim majus. I was worried that it would just look like cor parsley but it doesnt and is so pretty in a vase.

matt2 - especially like your third combo of flowers. So pretty.

Hidden Villages with Penelope Keith

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 12:54

Every case is different WillDB which is why the 'presumption in favour' of development is so wrong. There are lots of villages that have happily accommodated development, yet greedy developers and target driven planners continue to eat up every last bit of open space that is unique to the character of villages and essential for wildlife. All this when there are brownfield sites that are not suitable for wildlife parks, yet perfect for housing, but are left undeveloped. 

More power to local people I say. 

Hidden Villages with Penelope Keith

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 11:57

I know the feeling runny. I'm fighting a planning application for another development on a lovely field in our village of long bennington.  It is infuriating that developers and councils are able to make decisions that are of such detriment to local people and the environment. I fear that small villages will turn into towns in no time at all. 

Having a go at a cut flower patch...

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 10:04

Hello, how are the cut flower patches doing? My main problem is that they look so pretty in the patch that I don't want to cut them!  Loving my vases today though. Getting better at arranging!

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Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 09:39

Thanks Scroggin. gutted as I was really organised this year and sewed my own seeds, even built sturdy cane structure. Hey ho. You live and you learn! Better stock up on frozen peas!

Hidden Villages with Penelope Keith

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:10

Loved it. Penelope's style is soon soothing. One very classy lady in my humble opinion. 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 05/07/2015 at 08:07

Morning

here are those poorly peas. The runner beans behind have hardly any flowers and look quite curly.  There were broad beans at the front but I took them out as they were so bad. 

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