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Ungrateful Wretches & Sowing Seeds

11 February 2017 11:04:42

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Hi folks.

It is quite cold and miserable here and I decided to spend some time scraping moss from my drive rather than dealing with the cold earth.

But I have been doing a bit in the borders, where I realised strobilanthes had become a thug and needed serious curtailing. Two years ago I made the mistake of putting its stems on the compost and I had lots of strobilanthes in my lasagne bed last year. Thankfully it wasn't too hard to sort. When I think of how I nursed that plant from seed and this is how the ungrateful wretch repays me!

Anyway, I've been sowing a few easy seeds. Some beautiful sweet pea that were gifted to me last year at an open day and some amazing blue China asters. Being true to form, I made videos about both and I'll post the links below.

How To Sow Sweet Pea - easiest & most rewarding of all seeds - YouTube

How I Sow Half Hardy or Tender Annuals - blue China asters - YouTube


Happy gardening!


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Jackie Jackie 11 February 2017 11:17:37

Great videos Rachel. I looked on fb and the China Asters are fabulous. It's soooo cold here today too. 


Rachel Rachel 11 February 2017 11:25:19

Thank you, Jackie :)

Yes, it's bitter here. When I was out I didn't wear gloves, as usual, because in any case the work warms you up. But this time my fingers started going numb despite it. Not funny!


Dick Dick 11 February 2017 19:03:08

Good to see your new picture, Rachel. While I was missing from Garden.ie, I have been reasonable active. The reason was problems with the computer but while I had facebook for some time, garden.ie was out of commission. I got 100+ roses pruned and my tomatoes(Alicante) are potted up. Four other varieties of Tomato were sown late in January and are doing well. Over the past week it has been feeding the robins. For some time there were two probably male and female To day when feeding, I saw three maybe four. This is surely unusual.


Rachel Rachel 12 February 2017 09:03:07

I'm glad to hear you are keeping well and active, Dick, despite the recentl lack of social media. You are ahead of me as I have not yet pruned my roses. Take care and keep well!


sallysarah sallysarah 12 February 2017 09:08:44

Thanks, Rachel for Amarylis sound advice.  Have just sowed my sweet peas.  Glorious day here yesterday (though cold) and this morning it seems the same - forecast saying we'll be getting the best of the weather in the West!!!


Rachel Rachel 12 February 2017 09:18:17

Good morning, Sally. Lucky you with the weather. I notice a strip of the roof covering has gone from my shed in last night's wind. It will be a scented summer for both of us! :)


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 12 February 2017 18:08:10

I've tried that Strobilanthes before without success. I wonder does it like acid soil? Thug or not I'd love to give it a go!


Rachel Rachel 14 February 2017 13:45:29

I'll pot you up a piece, Hazel.


TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 14 February 2017 19:29:31

Thanks Rachel!


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