Flowers : Summer colour from seed
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Flowers for wedding
I'm wondering what annuals to plant for the best cut flowers for an informal wedding.
ElizaB, MID CORK, Co Cork Posted: 07/01/2017
Trying to grow flowers for a wedding is practically doomed to failure, because timing so difficult. Professional growers have a succession of crops coming in to cover the difficulty of crops cming too early or too late.
Much depends on the time of year, for instance, cosmos might cover late summer. But it is really a job for professionals.
I have grown 13 plants of Sweet Pea on two wigwams which became too small so I put extra canes down as well. My problem is that a lot of the flower stems are growing bent instead of straight upwards and so they are not suitable for cut flowers. What is the reason for this?
henlen, , Co Kildare Posted: 04/07/2016
Sweet pea for exhibition straight stems need to be securely tied. Wind and rain can cause movement of the stems and bending of the flower stems.
But they will smell as sweet!
What's eating my Morning Glory
After numerous attempts to grow Morning Glory I've finally managed to get some growth - leaving it in a pot instead of the ground. However, something is attacking the leaves. I've spread salt around the base of the pot in case it's slugs but I can't actually see anything. No other plants seem to be affected.
Arwen, Rathdowney, Co Laois Posted: 02/07/2016
This is probably snails ... which can climb. It might just be one snail, hiding amid the foliage by day.
I was given this plant as a present = the giver does not know its name!! It grows to about 5 ft and has a pink flower. Can you tell me its name please.
Gussy, Ennis, Co Clare Posted: 06/05/2016
This looks like Himalayan balsam, a summer annual flower, which has escaped from gardens and is nowproliferating to a damaging extent by slow-moving rivers and streams.
problem with sweet pea
Do sweet pea need to have their center tips removed to make them spread out more?
herb, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary Posted: 07/04/2016
Yes, they are usually pinched ut at about 10 to 15cm to make new side shoots grow. But it is not essential.
Plant identification please
The plant in the picture grew from seed which I think fell from our bird feeder. It's about 2ft tall and has just pridudes blue & white flowers. Any idea what it is? Last year we got some Nyger seed plants!
Greatdown Gardner, Mullingar, Co Westmeath Posted: 27/09/2015
This is shoo-fly, or Nicandra.
It is likely that it came from the bird feed as this is common.