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Looking back at Verbascums......

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…I think and feel that this is a plant I really would like to grow more of! They never did well in my last two gardens, but they love this sunnier spot.

I’ve already planted three lovely purple ones called ‘Violetta’ in the blue border for next year, and I’m going to be looking out for more colours as well. Has anyone grown them from seed, and if so…how easy are they please?

Verbascum ‘Gainsborough’

Verbascum ‘Clementine’

Verbascum ‘Flush of White’

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Sounds like a good plan, Karen. I'm looking forward to a visit to the GC tomorrow - hope to find a Hellebore or three (new planting opportunity where a tree used to be!).

28 Dec, 2015

 

Great plan(t) Sheila! I had a quick look around GC today but they only seem to have the leathery Hellebores nowadays. Luckily, I managed to get a good selection of young ones online earlier in the autumn and gave some to Rachel and kept some for myself. I just love Hellbores....can't get enough of them. But I do wish mine would flower at the right time. Lots of mine have flowered since August and are now over and going to seed which means I shan't be able to enjoy them in the spring.....or in other words, I shall have to buy some more in the spring to enjoy! ;) Have ordered seed of Verbascums, Geraniums and Campanulas from Plant World Seeds just now, so no GC visits for me till next year....tee hee...not long to wait.

28 Dec, 2015

 

p.s. one of the new babies has just flowered. It was labelled 'single white spotted' but it has a pure white double flower, which is perfect and a lovely surprise!

28 Dec, 2015

 

Hi Karen, the seeds of biennial and perennial species should be sown in late spring/early summer, in a cold frame, although if you sow the biennial species in early spring, you may get them to flower and die in the first year, but you need to put them in a heated propagator, between 55 & 64f, you can take root cuttings of perennial species in winter, or divide them in spring, you can take semi ripe cuttings of the shrubby species in late summer, Derek.

28 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks Derek. Thats ever so helpful. I went to plantworld seeds website and chose the vars. they say are reliably perennial (though short-lived). They say to sow at any time, but I think I'd rather wait a couple of months as there's no point having them sitting in cold wet compost all winter. I've got a propagator, so I'll follow your advice. :)

28 Dec, 2015

 

I love Verbascums Karen but the perrenials tend to be very short lived.

28 Dec, 2015

 

I know Paul...which is why I'm hoping to start growing from seed...then I'll have plenty of stock to replace. I cant rely on my plants to set their own seed with our wet weather here, but they are easy enough to buy.

28 Dec, 2015

 

I loved the Verbascums when I saw them in Beth Chatto's gravel garden but I have never had much luck with them myself. I think I'm not attentive enough to them. I expect them to just get on with it & for me they don't - hope you have more joy.

29 Dec, 2015

 

You have quite a collection and to see anything in bloom now is a bonus.

29 Dec, 2015

 

I would grow more Verbascum but they can get so big. It is a good job most don't last long you. I grow V chaixii which seeds itself very easily and is super. Usually I cut the lower leaves off to stop them overhanging the lawn.

29 Dec, 2015

 

Plant World seeds are a good company - I'm sure you'll have used them before? 'Ray' kindly sent me a new batch of Malva 'Gibbortella' seeds when the first ones bloomed the wrong colour.

Btw, my old creamy white Hellebores have just been in flower for a couple of weeks . . . seems quite early.

29 Dec, 2015

 

Thanks everyone. Yes, I have looked at them before Sheila...not sure whether I've bought any seed though. My H. niger are just starting to flower now.

29 Dec, 2015

 

We grow chaxii which I love but the other varieties are always a problem, Gainsborough is a beaut but would be enormous here, as it grows like a weed....

29 Dec, 2015

 

I've not grown many Verbascum, I had a self set one once but one of the big ones. I've had seed from Plant World Seed too, Simbad put me on to them, so many seeds to choose from.

Do you guys grow Lenten rose (Helleborus orientalis). I've been reading about them but was wondering what you think about them?

3 Jan, 2016

 

Dawn, I have grown loads of them. Wouldn't be without them for gorgeous colour in shady spots from February to May. But mine are flowering in late summer and autumn these days, which is very annoying. Having said that, the expensive ones I bought from Ashwood haven't flowered yet. I shall be buying another one from them soon, as they are such beautiful plants. They are fully evergreen, and the only problems they pose are excessive self-seeding and a hellebore blackspot which discolours the foliage. Lovely plants. Have a look at Ashwood......drooooool!

3 Jan, 2016

 

Thanks Karen. I dont know the difference between Hellebore and Helleborus x hybridus - or are they all Lenton Rose?

Ashwood - thanks Karen, will look now.

3 Jan, 2016

 

Helleborus orientalis and its hybrids are all lenten roses Dawn.

3 Jan, 2016

 

Karen.....We lived a few miles from Ashwood Nurseries, which we visited every Sunday, for well over twenty years........😐 all but a few of our plants came from there, the owner John Massey is the most knowledgeable gardener I know, and the Nurseries are the best in this country......fabulous tea rooms also......his garden is open to the public, which is fabulous, you can view it on his website..
Whenever we go back to the Midlands, we make point of popping in to buy a plant, and a bite to eat!! We still miss our Sunday visits even after fifteen years!!😕

7 Jan, 2016

 

Goodness Angela! You must have spent an absolute fortune! lol! No, seriously, the website looks wonderful, I must visit there one day. I don't know how I'm going to do it, but I am going to have more holidays in the UK. OH is not keen at all, as he likes heat and sun on his holidays, so they will most probably be 'solo' trips...or with my daughter perhaps.

8 Jan, 2016

 

Yes Karen you must.......it has always been expensive but the quality was there, it has grown over the years, we knew it when it was just a shack!! but John always ploughed the money he made back into the business, which is why it is the success it is today...if you google John Massey Ashwood Nurseries and read his profile, you will be quite surprised!! and amazed, because he is just a regular bloke!!

8 Jan, 2016

 

I will! :)

8 Jan, 2016

 

What an amazing guy. He has truly lived for his passion hasn't he. That garden goes straight to the top of my must-see list! Thanks Angela. I would just love to go on one of his open days this year....it looks like heaven!

8 Jan, 2016

 

The gardens are beautiful from what I've seen on the web, an amazing achievement in itself let alone all his RHS Golds & trophy's. The nursery plants may well be great quality but far too expensive for me, I will have to seek out those less precious ones.

8 Jan, 2016

 

Yes, I think I will too this year GF. I've had a look at the Hellebores and they are so beautiful..I couldn't choose one! But there are usually some lovelies on sale at the snowdrop festival at Cambo in Fife, so I might get a nice one there. I love the apricot and lilac ones. I had some beauties in my last garden. I miss them.

9 Jan, 2016

 

I'm a fan too, Karen. I have the wildies which will bloom and grow anywhere...the only determining factor for their size and hardiness is the fertility of the spot their seeds happen to land on!...I've seen them growing in pure sand and in areas of foot traffic! The ones I planted near my pond (close to an old domestic tip) in black sandy soil grow to tremendous size. A rosette of about 6 inches across becomes a plant with basal leaves of 18 to 24 inches long and a flower stem of 6 - 8 ft. tall. They are all the common yellow and their copious seeds are a favourite with woodpeckers and nuthatches. They branch like saguaros and continue to bloom for a very long time and when the blossoms are spent they look like popcorn on the ground! My fav var. is one called "Sixteen Candles" it is a low growing type, compared to the chaixii. It's flowers are a soft butter yellow with orange and purple stamens! The bees go into feeding frenzy when at their height. They are excellent "architecture" ..but at the end of their cycle the basal leaves tend to die and go to scruffy looking. I like mine so much that I've decided to let them establish how they will... I'm slow at developing my garden..I have beds yet to dig and age is taking it's toll... I have plans for a much larger veggie patch next year so I guess my perennials will have to tough it out on their own.

10 Jan, 2016

 

Lori, thanks for that lovely description. Sixteen Candles sounds lovely...just what i love about them..those contrasting purple anthers. Take your time, and take care! :)

10 Jan, 2016

 

Just seen this Karen......yes I grew the Phoenician ones about 8 years ago and still have some in the garden today.
I don't remember finding them difficult, only that I couldn't wait for them to flower the next year. They were mixed colours, from deep purples through the pinks to whites. No yellows or oranges though. Also a bit like foxgloves, if you cut the main stem when it's past it's best, side spikes will grow giving you lots more flowers.

28 Jan, 2016

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