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cosmos plugs

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 20:31

When they are growing strongly ...when you see new growth 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 19:44

Most welcome geum keen 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 19:43

My carrots outside are growing strongly ...germination always good.  Agree with LeifUk about keeping seed moist.

caroline, yes cosmos growing away well here but I have just sown a few more...Purity. Give new forum a is prob the best garden one out there and, well, I'm on it too 

cosmos plugs

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 19:36

Possibly over watering peter.  

cosmos like it warm,,even hot, amd dry.  

Maybe take them back under cover if rain is likely 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 18:56

Geum keenongreen, I grow them on in pots for a couple of reasons

i like to grow them on so when I plant them out they can make an immediate impact.  Nothing worse than seeing tiddly specimens in the border

gauras are best delayed planting out because they flower later .....I have them in the ground..overwintered well outside.....and small plants from cuttings last year.  These are now already in 1 litre pots and will go out from bigger pots in a few weeks.  

So they come on better in pots and they are also waiting whilst I find the right spot in relationship to other summer plants

if you like gauras check out Corries and gold  leaves and white flowers.  A beauty. 

Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 17:21

Nice...have magic fountain delphs too......geumkeenbutgreen 

very fond of gauras too, esp the white Whirling Butterflies.  I grow these on into 2 or 3 litre pots before planting out cos they start flowering a little later than many summer perennials.  

Planted out more tender perennials,,yanked out a few wallflowers, cut grass and tied in tomatos.

a very warm day, no wind so a little humid.  Sun for a while this afternoon but mist never too far away.  Lovely day for a walk to the beach and for gardening. 

Hardy Border plants ideas

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 17:14

Why, thank you kindly maam 

Reclaiming the cost of some mail order plants

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 17:12


Can't do rhyme for a while

but I like your style 


Posted: 10/05/2016 at 14:31

First thought Penny, are you sowng too deep?  Small seed need light covering only of soil 

Hardy Border plants ideas

Posted: 10/05/2016 at 12:09

Elaine, narrow to say the least.

plants like osteospermum....the hardier Tresco Purple and Cannimgton Roy will cascade and flower all summer.  Take cuttings to ensure you have replacement plants should a hard winter hit them.

nepeta?  It will form a mound of semi evergreen foliage that will also cascade.  Blue flowers all summer, easy, tough and attractive.  A good alternative to lavendar.  Lavendad would grow there but not cascade.

helianthemums...sun roses?  Evergreen with flowers of white,,pink, yellow, orange and red with allshades in between.  

Aubretias, perennial alyssum, arabis, erigeron would all grow there. 

Check out comvolvulous cneorum too.....beautiful velvety silver foliage all year round with pure white summer flowers. 

Grasses too......carex buchanii is an evergreen upright neat foxy red grass; carex Bronze Form is similar but has a delightful mounded habit.  Stipa tennuissima is a small evergreen grass with billowing beige white flowers in summer.  Not a grass but looks like one is Libertia Taupa.....a small evergreen olive coloured plant with shades of red and orange and small white flowers

A taller growing thyme..Silver Posie, is a silvery grey evergreen with pink flowers in spring and summer.

a combination of the above will give interest all year round, a variety of shapes and forms and masses of colour 

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