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Seeds and cuttings now in bloom

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Since having a small Greenhouse erected I have taken cuttings of some plants from my garden, some successes, some failures.

This is an unknown variety of a Lacecap Hydrangea which I am quite fond of …

These are cuttings of Fuchsia ‘Snowcap’ … only two of the five ‘struck’ …

From packets of seed sown in the Spring are these Cerinthe purpurascens (Honeywort) … hopefully the Bees will be attracted to the flowers

A brightly coloured Dahlia … must remember to look after the tubers as I lost a few to the wet Winter last year … lesson learnt!

One of a few ‘Russian Giant’ Sunflowers … mainly grown for collecting the seed for birds to eat in the Winter

A couple of Sunflower ‘Harlequin’ variety … shorter than the normal Sunflowers … but interesting colour and patterns

Finally, the mauve Buddleia from a cutting give to me a few years ago, seems to have grown to the size and shape of the Bay tree in the next garden. Purely by accident, not design on my part!

We still have not had rainfall for some time, the grass is turning brown and some plants are just beginning to wilt, so I really hope the forecast of rain later today bears true.

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Super...love the way the bud is mirroring the Bay!

23 Jul, 2013

 

All Lovely Shirley, well done on the cuttings they look really healthy.

23 Jul, 2013

 

Good for you Shirley.....Lovely plants.....

23 Jul, 2013

 

Great photos, I do love those sunflowers! It's so satisfying to grow from cuttings or seed, I've done quite well this year too:)

23 Jul, 2013

 

Looking lovely Shirley . . . did you get the rain? We had a terrific downpour in the early hours this morning: such a relief to have cooler air :))

23 Jul, 2013

 

Well done Shirley, I never have any luck with cuttings taken properly and yet if I just pop a twig in the garden it usually works for me, how weird is that??
We've had mega storms here, done the gardens a power of good and the grass is green which is so much nicer than brown, its a relief to not have to cart the watering cans about, I do like your Harlequins, had lots last year but none of the seed I collected was any good and I left it too late to sow more, I do have a couple of the huge ones though so my birds will still get their treat, mine are way behind yours though......
Lovely pics Shirley.....

23 Jul, 2013

 

Thanks Karen, S'lad, Motty and Louisa ... :o)

Sheila - our forecast was for rain at 3pm so the lawn (more weeds than grass) was mown and edged at 2pm ... about half a dozen spots of rain by 4pm and nothing since! I am fed up of filling watering cans .. both water butts are empty ... :o(

Lincs - it seems most of the South and South East had downpours, apart from our area! The temps are lower today which is just right for me, but the rain would be a bonus. The way some folk are using their sprinklers on their lawns amazes me - the cost must be so high! I never fret over brown grass as it usually returns to green eventually. Would you like some of the Harlequin seed later in the year? Let me know and I'll make a reminder note to myself!

23 Jul, 2013

 

Yes please Shirley would be very much appreciated, my lawns were very brown up near the house and they are green now and thats with less than 24hrs of rainfall, I had been pouring my waste water over them which admittedly did help a bit as the rain was able to penetrate in those areas instead of running off the top, I needed the other water for the g;houses, pots, baskets and suchlike, have to say I'm bee friendly this year as I have huge areas of clover and daisies, the first time in donkeys years that I have had clover, ironic as none of that suffered, I'm wondering if its from my birdfeeders, couldn't treat the lawns whilst it was so dry and now I haven't got it in me to get rid as the bees are showing themselves more so obviously enjoying it...

23 Jul, 2013

 

Well done to you Shirley, we have no rain, really could do with some.

23 Jul, 2013

 

They all look good Shirley, I find growing from seeds and cuttings fsscinating, its hard when pruning not to start taking cuttings. :0)

as to seeds well, I now have a magnolia stella from seed, too many cordylines......I gave some away, and calla lilies now flowering too.
All from seeds collected in the garden. Its really interesting when you get into it, some seeds need sowing immediatly others need 'scuffing' while some tree seeds need a period of cold before they germinate......
I bought a packet of heuchera seed and it said they took a while to germinate, well! Weeks and weeks of nothing until tiny little seedling, I now have four, not many but still a result, I'm now wondering about saving the seed from my plants but its so fine, like dust!
Have fun x

24 Jul, 2013

 

Congratulations on your successes :o) ... especially the Fuchsias. I think they are one of the most difficult plants to take cuttings from (or is it just me being hopeless lol)

I hope you have some rain soon then ... we had a lovely cool(ish) day yesterday, and over night there was a heavy shower. I don't know what good it's done because the sun is relentless again this morning, and probably drying it all up !

24 Jul, 2013

 

Love the sunflowers in all their mighty glory and also the delicate pink of your hydrangea!

I shall try hard to keep our few dahlias through the winter - trouble is, then the slugs get them!!!

24 Jul, 2013

 

Well done Shirley. I love your Harlequin Sunflowers and your Buddleia is looking great,, its made a lovely shaped standard tree! Hope you get rain soon its so difficult having to keep watering, we had a Huge Thunderstorm early Tuesday morning, with torrential rain. the lightening did quite alot of damage in Manchester town centre, but the rain has at least helped to revive everything again and showers forecast for to night too, so hope it visits you too;0)

24 Jul, 2013

 

Glad your cuttings have taken ok, must be great to have a greenhouse to potter about in....
We had heavy rain last night smells fresh today...

25 Jul, 2013

 

Lincs - we had a little rainfall during the night but only about 6" in one water butt and the four garden trug/buckets had a small amount ... now we are due to have rain all of Saturday which is no good for those who work all week! Like you, I have Clover in the lawn and have seen Bees buzzing around it ... it's only the weeds that show green as the grass is so brown. Have made a note to save the seed for you ... :o)

Thanks Dotty - did you have slight rainfall last night?

Well done on your propagating Pam ... :o)

Hywel - I thought you always took cuttings from your Fuchsias ... don't know what made me think that!

Wildrose - I probably shouldn't say this ... have not seen slugs or snails for a while ... perhaps the resident frogs are disposing of them!

Carole - I thought of you earlier this evening when I cut off some of the browned Sweet Williams, which have been flowering for weeks. Should I take cuttings some time soon?

Holly - I stood by the open back door at 6.30am today and just breathed in the lovely fresh, rained on scent of the garden ... sad or what!!

25 Jul, 2013

 

Lovely pictures Shirley!Particularly the sunflowers, brilliant!
We had a real downpour early this morning(filled my water butt back up) I think most of the south/south east will get some at the weekend!!

25 Jul, 2013

 

Love the Sunflowers Shirley, the red one especially! I take cuttings all the time from Fucshias, even took them from the one I'm training as a standard, got 3 plants already... dead chuff! Carnations are another easy plant to take cuttings from. I nearly always buy a bunch every couple of weeks and have at least 4 different carnations in the garden at the moment. I've never taken seeds tho, I have some Sweet Williams this year, will I be able to take seeds from them, or is it cuttings? Never been able to keep Dahlia tubers.... my neighbour tells me each year what to do, but they never survive....Dumbo or what?:-( Love the Lace cap as well

25 Jul, 2013

 

Lol shirley, I love the smell after the summer rain :))))

27 Jul, 2013

 

Thanks Ptg - the rain started falling at about 2.15 this afternoon - perfect timing as I had just finished in the garden ... :o) Footie started here today so OH is running the line for a friendly ... let's hope it is a friendly match!

Gralew - why is it that my cuttings of Dianthus rarely 'strike'? Tell me the secret of your success! I'm hoping Pansypotter will enlighten me re propagating Sweet Williams .......

Holly - dreadful forecast for torrential rain coming up from France later today ... just a steady light rainfall at the mo ... :o)

27 Jul, 2013

 

You've done very well, Shirley. Apart from aquilegias I wasn't very successful this year, foxgloves, cosmos, sunflowers all completely failed. Even the marigolds were feeble :(

27 Jul, 2013

 

Sorry to hear that Gee - I wonder what went wrong? Lack of warm, sunny weather perhaps? After a rain shower this afternoon I found three snails climbing up the Sunflower stems - no way are they going to eat my propagating efforts! They were promptly sent to the brown bin .....

27 Jul, 2013

 

Shirley I usally cut off all the brown stems and also cut off a few green ones and just stick them in a pot. once you have Sweet william Ive found he sticks with you lol

27 Jul, 2013

 

Absolutely fell down here Saturday evening/night! thunder Lightning...and, Shirley, I've been to a few friendlies this season which really didn't live up to their name.Last Thursday one of our players(who was diving quite a bit )and one of Brentwood's defenders seemed to have a running battle most of the match!!!

28 Jul, 2013

 

Thanks Carole - my kind of propagating is 'just stick them in a pot'! :o)

Ptg - similar weather here last night so I found many fallen Cordyline leaves all over the place this morning ... saves me trying to remove them! The match was a friendly in every sense of the word yesterday ... and there had been a Veterans game in the morning so lots of faces from the past meant lots of 'catching up' ... all good fun ... :o)

28 Jul, 2013

 

Yes we had the heavy rain, and last night rain too, the plants certainly needed it... :)))

29 Jul, 2013

 

I love it when the heavy rain falls through the night .......

29 Jul, 2013

 

It's rained here all day!
And more forecast for tomorrow!

30 Jul, 2013

 

No secret Shirley, but its carnations, will try Dianthus if I can find some side shoots worth taking. I'm new to seed sowing...Pam whats "scuffin".Will definately get some Harlequin seeds for next year.

30 Jul, 2013

 

Dont like to hear it to heavy, as I worry about flooding after last year... hopefully last year was a one off.... :)

31 Jul, 2013

 

Ah, Carnations Gralew - I should have read that comment properly! Regarding 'scuffing' - I searched for 'scuffing seed' and it came up with 'scuffing Marijuana seed' but I'm sure Pam isn't cultivating that ... lol! It seems some seed benefit from being rubbed with sandpaper to promote germination - you learn something new everyday ... :o)

Holly - I hope we don't have heavy flooding again for a very long time ... lovely today so we walked to West Beach at L'hampton ... tide was right out though and the seaweed 'ponged' a bit!

1 Aug, 2013

 

Been a bit pongy here as well.... :)))sometimes think theres a strange smell in the house when its outside in the wind....

2 Aug, 2013

 

Lol Holly! ... :o)))

2 Aug, 2013

 

:)))))))

5 Aug, 2013

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