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What hardy annuals are you sowing now?

Mary370Mary370 Limerick, Ireland Posts: 2,003

I'm curious as to what you are planting now. ....looking for inspiration 

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  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120

    I will be sowing  seeds late September 

    Ammi Majus, Scabiosa, Cornflowers, Larkspur, Calendula, Euphorbia oblongata, I'm also sowing several lots of hardy perennials for future planting, rudbecki, geums, heleniums, echinacea, heliopsis, echinops, and more. Just hope I don't run out of space!

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,679

    Brightstar, do you keep them in a coldframe or in a sheltered positon outdoors ? I have an unheated greenhouse, but don't know if that could get too warm in late winter (she said optimistically image)

  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120

    Hi AnniD, I have a cold frame and an old open bookcase that I've covered with some thick polythene. The front is just a flap that folds up and down with a strip of wood at the bottom to give it some weight. I use loops of fishing elastic wrapped round the whole frame to keep the flap closed in bad weather. I usually end up covering the plants with fleece if frost is forecast. That is against the house wall for a bit of protection. I put a few bricks on top to keep it stable in the wind.

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • Bright starBright star Wrea GreenPosts: 1,120

    I do tend to open the cold frame and flap every day and close them at night even on the coldest days. 

    Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 9,679

    Thanks Bright star, I have some room to spare in my cold frame, so I'll sow some at the end of this month & see how it goes!

  • I am lucky enough to have a cold greenhouse too (a lean too against the big house).  I overwinter all my seedlings in there, and if we have a warm sunny day during the winter, I open the doors or windows, depending on the temperature which does drop down below freezing sometimes. By March most of the seedlings go outside on sunny days, bringing them in at night until perhaps late April when I plant out in their final position.

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