Wallflowers

LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014

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I love the scent from Wallflowers on a warm Spring day - now is the time to plant themimage

I buy our plants bare rooted as it is a much cheaper option for us - this year I phoned to see if the plants were available and was taken aback to be told that all the plants had rotted in the field due to the weather and the only plants available were in pots image

Luckily I managed to source some from elsewhere - these plants are quite small but I am hoping they will grow away quickly image

I haven't grown Wallflowers in containers but can't see any reason not to - dwarf varieties would probably be more suitable than the really tall ones  image

Here are some flowers from last year image

Pam LL x

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  • Gary HobsonGary Hobson Posts: 1,892

    I agree that wallflowers are a very useful plant. They flower throughout the Summer. Some varieties are very attractive to bees and butterflies. I only have a few, and have normally bought them as plugs in February. The plants are beginning to wane now, but still have some flowers on them. This snap was taken two days ago...

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  • LokelaniLokelani Posts: 112

    I'm still trying to prune my erisimum bowles mauve, but it won't stop flowering!  

    I can't deadhead a single stem as they all have flowers at the tips, even though they're really long & floppy.

    They have been absolutely amazing this year. I took cuttings rather late, about a month ago, I just hope they'll work, as well as the main plants surviving. I guess it all depends how cold the winter is....

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    Pam and Gary great photos and thanks for sharing the tips.

  • LokelaniLokelani Posts: 112

    Ah that's interesting. I was going to treat it like lavender. Just give it a bit of a haircut, just this year's growth & spent flowers. Maybe I should just deadhead & leave it at that.

    It will have to stay in & hope for the best as it's very hard to put things in & out of that border as it's full of bulbs & roses. I guess if it does die I hopefully can see where to put replacements without slicing through too many bulbs!

     

  • figratfigrat Posts: 1,619
    I put black plant labels to remind me where I've planted bulbs in the borders. They aren't obtrusive, but are very effective markers.
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  • LilylouiseLilylouise Posts: 1,014

    The only place we could grow from seed and plant on is on the allotment but we suffer badly with club root image 

    Pam LL x

  • LokelaniLokelani Posts: 112

    Figrat, labelling's a great idea. Just not in this case as I know where they are, they are everywhere!

    We planted over 1000. Because it was going to just be a rose border, I wanted something other than bare stems in winter. Other than some lavenders I wasn't going to put anything else in. 

    It looked a bit bare, so I grew some annuals & bought a few plants each time I saw ones I liked. The intention was to just replant any bulbs I disturbed, but I always manage to slice one massive bulb or another. 

    Must not let myself put any more plants in there. Trouble is they're all so tempting! image

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