Unseasonal Flowering

I've been writing this week about the unseasonable flowering of a childhood favourite and its implications for the future. I'd be really interested to know how long other people's snapdragons lasted around the country, especially in colder areas.

My new blog post is at:

https://dogwooddays.net/2017/11/13/snapdragons-of-autumn-twilight/

Do your snapdragons overwinter, and if so, how long have they done so? Do they self-seed as mine have done for the first time this year? Do your overwintered and self-seeded plants flower well or not?

Please do leave me a comment on the blog so I can get a sense of how my experiences in Hertfordshire fit in with the rest of the UK. Thanks very much :)

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  • Just noticed the Calendula are still flowering too and there's a random sweet pea still hanging on despite a couple of frosts. Anyone else's plants super-hardy this year?

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,771

    I've still got snapdragons in flower (note to self: the dahlias behind need to come up now)

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    and the calendula are also going great guns still.

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    Oriental poppies are throwing up buds sporadically

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    and I've got a lupin in flower. OK, it's not the greatest specimen but it's definitely there

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    There's also a rather pathetic foxglove trying to shine 

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    Weather, eh? You just can't rely on it

    You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
    Know when to walk away and know when to run
  • Thanks for the fab photos - the foxglove made me smile!

    Your snapdragons look much like mine - it's this the first year they've lasted so late? Are they perennial with you? What country/area are you please? 

    Thanks Raisingirl! image

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,771

    I'm in East Devon, 200m above sea level on the south eastern edge of Exmoor (outside the National Park boundary). This is the first year I've grown this snapdragon so I'll tell you in the spring if they are still there (assuming I don't murder them when I lift the dahlias image ). 

    You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
    Know when to walk away and know when to run
  • Lol! image 

    What a lovely part of the world to garden in ? 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,771

    It's cold and windy with heavy clay, very acidic soil. So I would go for 'challenging' rather than 'lovely' but it's no fun if it's easy, is it?

    You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
    Know when to walk away and know when to run
  • Very true! We also have heavy clay soil, very alkaline. And live very far from the sea ? 

  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 3,771
    dogwooddays says:

    Very true! We also have heavy clay soil, very alkaline. And live very far from the sea ? 

    See original post

    Ah, yes I like to be close enough to the sea for it to be day-trippable but not so close as to get overrun with tourists in the summer. This is a quiet corner of the country and it suits us very well. At least with acid soil I get to grow blueberries and azaleas in the ground image But lavender plants are a waste of money image

    You've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em
    Know when to walk away and know when to run
  • Yes, my lavender self seed, but have to grow blueberries in pots... 

  • ZenjeffZenjeff Newcastle Upon Tyne Posts: 549

    My snapdragons grown from seed this year are still going strong and we have had 3 or 4 frosts here in the north east .

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