What flower seeds could I sow outside now to flower this year?

Hello, I found a packet of calendula seeds (art shades) in the cupboard and thought I might make a little flower bed outside the front door with them - is it too late for them to flower this year now?

Any ideas for flowers that I could sow outside now would be lovely - I have run out of money for plants but could stretch to a few more seeds!


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 5,494

    Calendula would do fine now. As would cornflowers and nigella and a far few more.

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  • Pretty much any half hardy annuals will flower this year, and should not really have been sown yet outside yet anyway (wait till last frost date)

    Try here http://higgledygarden.com/products-page/seeds/flower-seeds-to-sow-in-may/

    I've bought seed from them before so can recommend

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 45,161

    Your timing's absolutely perfect for any half-hardy annuals.

     Nasturtiums will be great sown just now - you can eat the flowers and leaves in salads and sarnies and pickle the seeds to use instead of capers. http://www.herbalgardens.com/archives/articles-archive/nasturtiums.html 

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  • Thanks for your replies - I'll have to get some more seeds! image

    Dove, that's interesting about nasturtiums. I know you can eat calendual petals, but I had no idea about these.

    Andy there's a few on that list I've got already (but thought it was too late for) so I can get going with those just as soon as i've done some weeding...

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