christine 007 Posts: 257
As a beginner i am now bored lol, but want to do so much, all the garden mags say theres always something to do, but what? My flowers are all blooming away. Want to seed things in pots but is it not too late to do so? Want to grow colourful things and foliage, but ive no idea what i can/cant grow from seed?
Thanks in advance, pity they dont have a gardening for dummies book lol.
Also typing with no specs on as ive lost them, so sorry for any spelling mistakes.
Sit back and enjoy it for a bit christine
Have you any ideas about the type or colour of perennials you'd like to grow? What gaps do you have in your garden - do you need height? Foxgloves, for example, are easy from seed. There are lots of perennials which can be sown in the next few months for growing on and planting out next year. You can get cuttings of shrubs for foliage and structure - loads of people on here will be happy to do a few for you and send them - seeds as well
I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
I have just sown foxgloves, wallflowers, angelica, all biennials for next year. if you've got a greenhouse, there is still time to do it. Look up seed sowing on line, you'll find plenty of others, you'll have so many you will be giving them to all your friends! And sowing perennials saves you a fortune. For the price of a packet of seeds you can get so many plants, you'll have to move to a house with a bigger garden. And things look so great in big clumps. Does requite a bit of patience though.
Thanks Fairygirl, i have small gaps, i need height, i have foxglove in seed tray, but no idea when to plant out, i tried taking a cutting of fushia, put it in glass of water to root, it never did, it just went to rot. I have hostas i would love to get more of, but no idea how to take cuttings of them or if you can.
I have a hyacinth i hope its that starting to bud with wee green buds. Just anything really, as im bored lol.
Bleeding heart is dying down now, so i will have a huge gap there, and once sweet peas are going im going to need to fill whole fence.
This lattis fence is now full of lupins, sweetpeas, dicentra and 2 clematis, once has died, also honeysuckle. Also dont know what i am meant to pull up after summer and what comes back, never get time to just sit and google stuff.
Thank you, unfortunately no i dont have a greenhouse, cant even buy the plastic ones as i have nowhere to put it in the south facing side, back is north, so no good there.
This is my garden today xx
Try sowing lupins, sweet william, hollyhocks salvia's anything biennial now. They germinate quickly and if grown on can be planted in September to flower next year.
Thanks Dave, do i sow them indoors then when big enough to handle put them outdoors? what about the frost and snow in winter?
Off to look on amazon for such book lol.
Thank you, Dianthus, can i sow them all indoor and put out, i worry about the winters we have, we can go way down to -10, So when the summer flowering stops, i can haul most of them out and then plant bulbs where they were?
To be honest Christine, without a greenhouse or a cold frame you're pretty much stuffed. Could you get a plastic greenhose to stand where your bin is, along by the seat, they are only 2ft wide.
Have you a conservatory?
Most seeds sown now will need to be potted on a couple of times ready for planting out in the Spring, they will not survive the winter.
You need to deadhead the lupins, cut them down and leave them, they come back next Spring, but if you sow seeds they wont survive the winter outside. pick the flowers from sweet peas for a vase, the more you cut the more they will flower, if they go to seed they will be finished, cut and they will go on till Autumn.
Cut the Dicentra down to the ground, I doubt its dead, just finished for this year.
Fuchsia cuttings dont like heat, try again at the end of September, you will need to keep them in though.
How about putting time to your north facing garden, there are lots of plants that need shade, you could dig some beds.
Thank you Lyn, no i dont have a conservatory, wish i did. As for the greenhouse yes i would love one, where the bin is that is east facing i think, would this be ok?
So the more i cut sweet pea the more it flowers, i love that flower, one of my fav. Will cut dicentra down, right to the ground?
The north facing yes, i pulled all weeds out today and have no idea what to plant, and if i can plant out now, if they survive the winter, the back garden really needs sorted, did the lower level, filled it with white gravel and a couple of pots of blue grass, which is not doing anything, periwinkle whish is thriving but no flowers.Fuchsia ok ill take few cuttings in Sep and keep them indoors.