Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Will I See In The Dark?

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Growing carrots is easier than some people think, and growing them in containers is not impossible. In fact you can now buy carrot seeds that are specific to container growing because they are short and stumpy but wider than your average ‘ground grown’ carrots. The most important thing to remember with any root vegetable is that they hate being moved, because of this you should never start any rooties in one place, and then move to another when they get bigger. Where you sow, is where you will grow. Soil. Carrots like a sandy soil so that they can move easily in their ‘home’ while they are growing. They, like other rooties, are also thirsty all the time. The best way to check if your little ones need watering is to dip your finger into the soil (away from the veggies) to abou

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Saving Seeds – Flowers

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender August 16, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment No Comments

It's mid-August and an ideal time to save your own flower seeds. Lots of flowers either have or are starting to set seed. A quick walk around my own garden and I found about 20 different flower seeds to collect. Flower seeds come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are large and easily collected, like Sweet Peas, Cerinthe and Morning Glory. Other seeds can be very small and fine, like Poppies, Foxgloves and Lobelia. The best time to harvest the seed is when the pods are starting to go pale brown. It doesnt matter if the pods still have some green, but the seed will have better germination if it is mature. Poppies for example can be harvested when pale green and still give good viable seed. There are a number of ways you can collect seeds. The easiest way is to walk round the garde

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Sowing Hardy Annuals in Autumn.

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender August 11, 2012 Posted Tags: , Comment 1 Comment

By sowing hardy annual flower seeds in autumn, the flowers develop a bigger root system than plants sown in spring. A bigger root system means lots more flowers. You can either sow these flower seeds direct into the ground, or sow in modules for planting out in late Autumn if the weather is mild, or overwinter in a coldframe or cold greenhouse for planting in spring. Some hardy annuals do better if sown in modules and overwintered undercover or with the protection of fleece. Direct Sowings of flowers: Prepare your soil to a fine tilth, then draw drills about a foot apart in the soil and sow the flower seeds into these lines. This shows you which are your flower seedlings and which are weeds. Flower seeds should be sown fairly thinly and when seedlings are large enough to handle, thin to

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Easy Perennial and Biennial Flowers from Seed

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 22, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , , Comment 1 Comment

We are nearly in the last week of June and this is a great time to sow seeds of perennial and biennial flowers. If your not sure of the difference between perennial and biennial, here is the answer. Perennial means that the plant grows in it's first year,  [ sometimes even flowering ] then lives for a number years, flowering each year. They often shrink down to a low clump that lies sleeping over the winter, then grows up again each spring. Some flowers like Aquilegia, may only last a few years, others like Oriental Poppies and Delphiniums can last for decades. Biennial means the plant grows in it's first year, putting on leaves and green growth, then flowering in it's second year, setting seed, then dying. They can sometimes be encouraged to grow for another year if the flower spik

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Incredible Edible Flowers

Person Author: Helen Fowler Calender June 8, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , , Comment No Comments
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Summer is the time for salads, iced drinks and lots of cakes and deserts. All of these can be made even more special with edible Flowers. A colourful mixed salad looks great, but add blue Borage flowers, orange Calendula petals and a scattering of pink Rose petals, and you have a stunning dish. Why not colour cordinate, halved red cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion with red Monada flowers and Red rose petals, dress with a balsamic dressing, magic! Or, Sungold toms, orange sweet peppers with orange Calendula petals garnished with purple Violets or Violas would look amazing. A more spicy salad or vegetable dish can be enhanced with a mix of herb flowers, the combinations are endless. Small flowers and petals look wonderful on top of cup cakes and flower petals can be add

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