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unagrant's Journal

unagrant's Journal

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Talking of Annuals

25 January 2012 15:54:15
From my wild flower area last year

From my wild flower area last year

Jemo mentioned about annuals seeds to grow and I went through seeds I collected from the garden last year and was quite suprised how many I had. Here are some that I wouldn't be without now.

Cosmos the colours are just beautiful and easy to grow from seed I found the ones I grew in April seemed to do better than the seeds I grew earlier in March.

 Marigolds so so easy from seed.  I put them into a border quite close so they nit together.  They flower non stop till the first frost and I very rarley even dead head them.  They really look after themselfs.

Nicotina great for late colour in the season make sure you get the scented variety.

Sweetpea wouldn't be without this climber again make sure you get the scented variety and the more flowers you pick the more flowers you get.

Impatiens I found  not as easy but still sucessful. This year I have brought them indoors to over winter.  They are still flowering now.  Not easy to over winter as they need alot of looking after, but it's worth it as I will have lovely big plants to put out in the summer.

Pelargoniumn easy from seed as well but always a better plant the follwing year.  Easy from cuttings.  I also over winter these.

Begonia seeds I always do but not one I would recommend in a hurry.  Not always easy from seed but whats worse is the pricking out. Theirs hundreds of them tiny tiny little seedlings.  I have also over wintered these and they are lovely bushey plants now. 

 Poppies I grew these direct in the ground can't get easier then these so beautiful as you can see from picture.  I grew these with a mix wilf flower seed last year and it was a great sucess anyone who came into the garden had to talk about them.

Lobelia great for baskets and tubs again quite easy.  I use to cut the tops of it seemed to make them bushier.

Godetia came with the mix seed last year and bless it just kept on flowering.

Cerinthe really easy from seed and can self seed as well.  I feel this one needs it's own space but it's beautiful.  The bees just love this one.

Well I have more but I'll go now before I bore you all to death.

Sorry did I mention Antirhinums, Calendula, Petunias Candytuff, Nasturtium........ 

 


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Jacinta Jacinta 25 January 2012 16:43:12

Ha ha nice one, Una. I would agree will all of your choices.


Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 25 January 2012 16:54:56

Wonderful picture Una. I have been trying to grow these  red poppies for years without success. If by any chance you remember the supplier of the wild flower mix I would love to see if I could get the Poppies to grow.


HeadGardener HeadGardener 25 January 2012 17:03:01

Thanks Una great list.. bore away :-)


unagrant unagrant 25 January 2012 17:47:35

Thanks Guys, Elizabeth they came from seedaholics a supplier I would readly recommend.  


Scrubber Scrubber 25 January 2012 18:10:19

Thanks Una that was very helpful indeed! Elizabeth did i not give you poppy seeds in Johnstown? If not and you wish send me your snail mail address via contact and i will send some guaranteed to flower! They did for me!


Joybells Joybells 25 January 2012 18:14:55

Great selection Una, not one bit boring on a rainy day ... just a lovely look into the Summer :)


Jemo Jemo 25 January 2012 18:49:00

What a marvelous list,thanks Una, and thanks to all who responded to my post.


Jemo Jemo 25 January 2012 18:50:40

Una how did you keep it so weed free,its hard to distinguish the flower seedlings from the weed ones


ladygardener ladygardener 25 January 2012 19:19:51

Thanks Una I'm definately going to try the marigolds as they're meant to keep aphids away from my veg.


fran m fran m 25 January 2012 20:28:16

Great journal Una.


unagrant unagrant 26 January 2012 14:48:36

Jemo it was weeded really well before we put seed down.  It is hard to distinguish between weed and seedling but I just pulled a few that I was sure were weeds at the early stage. After that just left it to do it's own thing.  The plants ended up been a weed suppresser.


chilipepper chilipepper 29 January 2012 14:15:46

Interesting journal Una and a lovely photo.....


ladygardener ladygardener 30 January 2012 17:33:10

Una I was looking at the Marigold seeds today and they said 'half hardy' annuals.  Does that mean they have to be started indoors?


unagrant unagrant 31 January 2012 17:30:56

Hi Anne, you would have to grow them indoors as there only half hardy.

  Generaly if it's says HALF HARDY they will stay going till the first fost.  If it says HARDY ANNUALS you can direct sow them in the Spring. 


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