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    Default Flowers! Just, all the flowers!

    Me again!!

    If anyone has been reading my other threads you'll know this is my first year with a full size allotment. With vegetables I'm fairly confident, my dad is a great source of advice when it comes tout spuds, onions, carrots etc.

    However 1/3 of out plot (approximately 4, possibly even 5) of our raised beds need to be floral (part of the contract in taking over the plot, apparently there were issues with people purely growing fruit and veg for profit in the past)

    Anyway, I'm clueless when it comes to flowers, as is my dad (although has a little more knowledge than me)

    I was wondering if anyone had anyone any tips on what to grow or plant? The previous owner was Dhalia mad, so has been kind enough to leave some. I've also acquired some foxglove (a kind stranger left them for me to find one morning) I'm not sure if I'm too late to start seeds.

    Any and all information would be VERY MUCH appreciated!

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    What a bizarre condition. Anyhoo, what would you like the flowers to be/do? attracting wildlife, edible, low maintenance, cut flowers to keep the ladies happy and no you are not to late to grow from seed.

    On a really basic level you can't go wrong with nasturtiums and pot marigolds/ calendula

    Edit: stretching the rule a bit you could grow phalacia (?sp) as a green manure (does the condition say the flowers have to reach maturity) you could leave some to flower for wildlife, cutting, drying and/or seed.
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    What about herbs? Are they flowers or veg?
    Or grow a bee or butterfly bed for pollinators.
    It is a bizarre condition - I'd clarify it before you give over a third of your plot to flowers.
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    Has to be chrysanths i'm afraid.
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    Plant some Godetia, they are small and really nice for the bees. Just chuck 'em on the ground and they will germinate.
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    Never heard of that before, it's usually the other way round & fewer flowers should be grown...........anyways, flowers?................Courgettes, Squashes, Runner Beans, Strawberries, some varieties of Spuds.............
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    You forgot Cauli-flowers
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    and flower sprouts

    Edit: As an aside if you grew bindweed and other pernicious weeds (they are still flowers) that they would remove the condition?
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