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my first seed catalogue!!


Right so i received my first catalogue i ordered and got chance to have a proper look, i was in awe at all the amazing colours and shapes and just wanted them all! is this normal?! so i managed to narrow it down to one from each page and here are a few, i would welcome any tips or advice if anyone has these :o)

prunella freelander blue,
zinnia blackcurrant cordial,
dahlia cactus flower,
penstemon chocolate drop- amazing ‘sinister’ dark burgundy colour
veronica scrophulariaceae-cant even pronounce that one!

im assuming if i order these they would be for next year or are there that i could plant now, the catalogue didnt show much info so kind of researching each one by myself.

i cant wait till next year but suppose thats the fun of it :o)

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First of all, were these plants or seeds? which catalogue was it?

20 May, 2012


theyre seeds, plants of distinction catalogue :)

20 May, 2012


It should give some information about the plants on the seed packet. I hope you can sew them this year. Maybe some will flower later on :o)

21 May, 2012


I dont know much about these things but penstemon needs a lot of sun so i cant have it in my garden
dahlias seem to be available in two different ways, bedding dahlias and the perennials [which are the more spectacular] that start off as a tuber.
zinnias and aquileas should be easier i think???

maybe have a look at a different catalogue leighleigh or go online to a company that gives a bit more helpful information

good luck!!

21 May, 2012


I've grown aquilegias, penstemon, helianthus and dahlias from seed before, all really easy, may be a bit late to sow the dahlias for this year though and they're not hardy so maybe best to sow them early next year,and protect from frost, they are sooo easy from seed Leigh I filled all the gaps in my borders with one called dahlia 'Bishops Children' last year,think every seed germinated I had so many, lovely dark foliage and the flowers were all bright oranges and reds, even the seed grown ones form a tuber you can dig up and overwinter, they just won't be named varieties, you can just pick the ones you like best and store them for the following year, have fun with your seeds :-)
Some penstemon aren't completely hardy either but you can take cuttings from them to overwinter.
Aquilegias easy seed around and cross pollinate so lots of different colours'll pop up.
May be too late for the helianthus too depending whether its an annual or perennial?
As Hywel says sowing times will be on the packet :-)

21 May, 2012


i agree with Simbad There too, most are quite easy.. good luck and happy growing....

21 May, 2012


They must be sports or crosses from the ' Bishop of llandaff' deep red with dark leaves.....

You do have to do a bit of research as to what you can grow, do you have a greenhouse

It can be a little overwhelming rather like a child in a sweet shop.......they all look lovely.....

21 May, 2012

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