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    Default The Flower Seed Sowing Thread 2015 - 2017

    I thought it would be nice to have a thread for sowing flower seeds, separate from the seed sowing thread already running, which is more of a veg specific one.

    Veggiechicken is doing an alphabetical one Sowing an Alphabet of Flowers, but I'm not organised enough for that and come spring quite a lot of seeds are just broadcast.

    So today I have sown indoors:

    Heliotrope
    Cerinthe
    Sweet peas (4 varieties)
    Cupid's Dart
    Verbascum

    I don't hold out much hope for the sweet peas or verbascum as they are T&M and I never seem to succeed well with their seed.
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    Good idea, MH. Maybe a friendly mod could sticky...

    So far this year I have sown
    - Sweet Peas in paper tubes, 8 varieties in January
    - Delphinium "Pacific Giants" sown in January and left in the cold, moved to the heated prop this week
    - Coreopsis "Early Sunrise", last week
    - Antirrhynum "Rust Resistant Mixed", last week

    The sweet peas were from seed freshly collected last autumn, but the others are all old seeds that have been hanging around in my seed box for years. I don't have much hope for the Delphiniums, notoriously bad from old seed, but the others might be okay.

    Lots more to sow in the next two or three weeks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin H View Post
    Good idea, MH. Maybe a friendly mod could sticky...
    I stuck it as soon as MH started the thread.
    Excellent idea - we need more Flowers
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    So far this year I've sown-

    several varieties of sweet peas
    yellow aquilegia (self collected seeds)
    datura ballerina

    Delighted to notice today that the datura have all germinated, they look a bit like morning glory seedlings at this stage. I've never grown them before, so will probably mollycoddle them a bit.
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    Today I sowed some annuals into pots in the greenhouse. Just a few seeds of each...

    Calendula "Orange King"
    Cornflower "Blue Ball"
    Eschscholzia "Orange King"
    Godetia "Crown Mix"
    Gypsophila
    Limnanthes douglasii
    Nasturtium "Tom Thumb"
    Nigella "Light Blue"
    Sunflower "Giant Yellow"

    I've only ever sown these direct up to now, so I'm interested to see which ones survive the pricking out process. But it's nice to have got started, even if I have to re-sow later!
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    Put some Morning Glory seeds to chit (Kniola's Black Knight - a rather lovely deep cerise) - the packet said soak overnight.

    The cerinthe I put to chit were showing no sign of life, so had a pick at them. The seed cases are like sweet peas - rock hard - so split them open carefully. Some were empty inside, but I found 3 or 4 viable looking seeds, so hopefully they'll start to sprout in the next day or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mothhawk View Post
    Put some Morning Glory seeds to chit (Kniola's Black Knight - a rather lovely deep cerise) - the packet said soak overnight.

    The cerinthe I put to chit were showing no sign of life, so had a pick at them. The seed cases are like sweet peas - rock hard - so split them open carefully. Some were empty inside, but I found 3 or 4 viable looking seeds, so hopefully they'll start to sprout in the next day or two.
    Crikey, by the next morning the morning glory were all well chitted, so popped them into compost straight away. Only 2 cerinthe chitted, but it's a start.

    Today I sowed:-
    cosmos "Purity"
    larkspur
    echium
    hyssop tricolour
    hyssop anise
    nepeta
    betony
    calendula
    mallow
    centaurea
    clematis vitalba (old man's beard)
    borage
    oregano

    You may notice a theme developing. I'm sowing all bee-friendly flowers this year.
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    As soon as I've drunk this nice cup of tea, I'm going into the greenhouse to sow:

    Cosmos "Purity"
    Rudbeckia "Irish Eyes"
    Dahlia "Cactus".
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