Wintersong


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seeds not germinated

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:58

in my experience, seedlings and any propagated material generally needs shade, light moisture and good air circulation. Any amount of strong light will surely harm very delicate new growth from harsh rays if not dried out compost.

seeds not germinated

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:27

All my seeds were started late around April time barring my Leeks which were sown directly outside one day later than the recommended sowing time on the packet on 1st May.

I've been lazy with annuals this year but I have raised Corriander, Basil, Cobea, Sweetcorn, Beetroot, Leek, Candula and lettuce indoors as well as propagated basal stem cuttings and cuttings garden phlox, alpine phlox and penstemons none of which have had any special treatment besides my windowsill and a spray mister for watering. I covered the basil with a lid until they germinated, then took it off.

If there's one thing I've learnt about seeds, is don't get them too wet, less is more for tiny seedlings.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 22:11

Thay sort of blanket cloud that blocks the sun but doesn't threaten rain.  Warm and windless in Kent today.

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 21:19

@Inkadog, oh how lovely! I've never had any seedlings of berberis......yet. I should very much like some although they are reputedly slow growers so future reports on their progress will be anticipated

I'm also not especially fond of their thorns when I have to weed or prune my mature Bereberis Thunbergii atropurpurea in the front garden as I inevitably get scratched, but don't they just add such sultry elegance to a border 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 19:47

Another whole day in the garden with that sort of what did I actually do feeling...

I remember the last job of the day was pricking out a load of self seeded Alchemilla Mollis into a tray to grow on and yes-yes, this will become a pest in a few years time but not yet  I love so many things about this plant and its only real drawback is that it wilts a little in the hottest part of the day (big girls blouse).

I also potted on some propagated plants desperate for leg room but not yet ready for open ground and before that I was busy tidying up and oh yes, I cut my Choisya ternata hard back today as it had finished flowering and was more like a wall than a shrub.

Before that I took photos to keep track of things that need changing in the autumn and first thing this morning I was pottering about mumbling promises to OH about not being too busy today.

So that's my day in reverse, now I can go to sleep and wake up one day younger  

Are Echinaceas perennial?

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 17:11

Species Echinacea are perennial (comes back every year) and the common Echinacea purpurea are longer lived than some of the other cultivars although they can have a tendency to just drop dead in the winter although I'm not sure if this is due to cold or wet. But its not all bad.  Seeds are easy to sow July-September and over winter them in a frost free enviroment, and once established in your garden they will freely self seed in happy places.

A biennial plant is one that grows the first year and flowers the following year before dying on purpose. Foxgloves being a prime example.

 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 15:50

Some more photos, hope you don't get bored

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 and just to show the massive gaps...

http://s3.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/8252.jpg?width=640&height=350&mode=max

 

June in Your Garden!

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 09:43

Here goes the full on month of June

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 22:58

@Rob Stevens, oh I have plenty of gaps! Remember my monster Pampas grass that left a huge crater on the sunny side of my garden? Before that, I was digging up Raspberries after reading about how invasive they are and that has left me a completely empty full sun border that runs to about twenty six foot by seven with hardly a penny to buy new plants.

Oh well, the joy is in the creating and every spring I get all excited about the re-arranging I've done in the hope of improvement. I'm a perfectionist so its a lesson for me to live with gaping holes and unfinished planting but time will not be hurried.

All I can do is try to reign in my passion and try to enjoy what has been achieved up to the here and now and in the mean time, I just ensure my camera angles are flattering. Ever notice how many close ups I do? It's because I want to fill the photo but my plants are rather tiny

May In Your Garden

Posted: 31/05/2012 at 20:50

@david spikes, as ever, your garden thrills me! Thank you for sharing it with us so often, I never tire of looking at your wonderful photos.

as for the peonies, it is just perfect! I love their foliage and the fascinating garden requirements of peonies and especially the single blooms which are just bewitching. Such a beautiful soft shade of pink! Congratulations on your patient work!

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