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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    Yes, keep us informed

  • Tip for foxgloves, don't sow all your seeds this year. They are biennials, so they won't flower this year, but will next, then they should self seed, but those won't flower for a year, so you'll have a year gap (if that riddle made sense)..

    Therefore so half seeds this year, and do the same again next year so you have both 1 and 2 year old plants in the garden. After that they should get their own flowering/seeding cycle going.

  • Thanks for that Andy - I will certainly follow your advice.
  • Hi everyone - I still only have my six oxeye daisies and they're doing very well

    now in individual pots, but still too small to plant out yet. A question I need to

    ask which will probably sound very silly (bearing in mind I'm new to all this)

    is - would it be o.k. to plant celandines and/or buttercups in my wildflower plot,

    or are they too invasive? I love the bright yellow of both of these but would be

    very grateful to hear from those of you who know about these things, if it would

    be unwise to plant them. Because of my apparent inability to grow things from

    seed I have bought several healthy plug plants to get things going, so will let you

    know how they go on shortly.
  • Hi All,

    Just to let you know I have a lovely patch of wildflowers in full bloom now in

    my wildflower patch. I have cornflowers (in bud) oxeye daisies just opening,

    red campions looking lovely, cowslips (now more or less over - do they self seed?).

    Just waiting for the sneezewort (ha ha!) ladies bedstraw and clover to get going.

    Nutcutlet, I was sorry to see your cow parsley has gone rampant in another post.

    Having some of that in flower right now (only one plant) should I be scared? I didn't hve much success with growing seeds in seed trays, but the ones I put

    straight into the ground are coming on a treat - mostly poppies, cornflowers,

    clover etc. I covered them with fleece so the pigeons couldn't eat them and

    they seemed to really like it. Will let you know how it goes in a few weeks.

    On the subject of bees (the main reason I'm growing the wildflowers) I haven't

    seen more than two or three in my garden, even though the apple blossom is

    lovely. I feel it's a bit like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted,

    but I do hope this isn't the case.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    Hi WoF, that's good to hear apart from thelck of bees. Don't be scred of the cow parsley.When it stops looking pretty take most of the seed heads off. The hogweed is worse, it has such bigleaves.

  • Thanks Nutcutlet - I'll do that with the cow parsley! Good luck with the

    hogweed - it sounds a bit of a nightmare so hope you can stop it spreading!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    I can stop it spreading further if I don't let it seed but i should have done that years ago. 

  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 8,877

    WoF - sounds like your meadow is really coming along - great news.

    Nut - I took your advice last year and planted patches of yellow rattle seed to try and subdue the grass in my meadow.  These have all taken (yippee image) so am expecting the yellow flowers very soon.  The question is, what next ?  Do i plant plugs of wildflowers in the rattle patches, or do I leave them to get going and not plant anything else til next year ??  I know you are the expert - sorry for nicking someone else's thread - but it is wildflower related !

    We did not inherit the earth from our grandparents.  We’re borrowing it from our children.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,107

    Hi chicky

    I'd start some plants for the meadow now and grow them onto something larger than a plug to plant out after the last mow. The YR will seed itself but you can collect some and spread it to exactly where you want it. 

     

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