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  • #46
    I was so proud of the 6 lupin seeds that germinated out of 18 I sowed. They grew into strong seedlings in 3" pots under a cloche. I take off the cloche during the day to let them acclimatise. Today the blackbird that is building in my hedge decided that the fine damp compost was just what she needed to finish off the nest. She pulled out 4 of the 6 lupins, and almost emptied each pot of compost. No idea how long they had been out of their pots. I've replanted them but they look awfully limp.
    Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
    Endless wonder.

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    • #47
      Sowed some zinnia that got free with my mag, resowed some rudbekia and didn’t cover with compost this time.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by annie8 View Post
        Sowed some zinnia that got free with my mag, resowed some rudbekia and didn’t cover with compost this time.
        Zinnia starting to come through already. That was quick!

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        • #49
          Re-sowed some dahlia seeds to replace the young seedlings I forgot to bring in one frosty night. Also planted out 3 dahlias from Wilk0s. By the time they start to grow the frost danger should have passed.
          Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
          Endless wonder.

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          • #50
            Convolvulus Royal Ensign (non climbing). Resowed mixed colour black eyed Susie, having waited three weeks for the last lot to germinate - old seed. New seed up in two days.
            Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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            • #51
              After getting a grand total of two plants from two sowings of cosmos, I've changed tactics and put all the remaining seeds I have (including some quite old ones) to chit on damp kitchen roll. Then I'll know if it's the seeds, the compost, or me!
              Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
              Endless wonder.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by mothhawk View Post
                After getting a grand total of two plants from two sowings of cosmos, I've changed tactics and put all the remaining seeds I have (including some quite old ones) to chit on damp kitchen roll. Then I'll know if it's the seeds, the compost, or me!
                Well, I think I have my answer. Both lots of seeds put to chit 2 days ago and treated exactly the same. The cosmos Purity seeds, on the left in the picture, self saved by me in 2018, out of 23 seeds, 17 have germinated already. the cosmos Polidor, bought last autumn, not one seed showing any sign of germination.

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                Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
                Endless wonder.

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                • #53
                  Another 3 purity have germinated, making 20 out of 23, and now 3 polidor out of the 35 seeds have started to put out a tiny root too
                  Last edited by mothhawk; 25-04-2022, 10:10 AM.
                  Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
                  Endless wonder.

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                  • #54
                    Today I sowed a tray of dahlia unwins dwarf hybrids from kings seeds & a cell tray of dahlia pompon mixed (these say sow by 2021 I hope some germinate).
                    Location : Essex

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                    • #55
                      Originally posted by annie8 View Post

                      Zinnia starting to come through already. That was quick!
                      got about 3 rudbekia coming through.

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                      • #56
                        Sowed rudbeckia, alyssum, and some primrose yellow marigolds that were self saved, so I'm hoping some will be the same colour again, though they've probably crossed with orange ones.
                        Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
                        Endless wonder.

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                        • #57
                          Originally posted by Jungle Jane View Post
                          Today I sowed a tray of dahlia unwins dwarf hybrids from kings seeds & a cell tray of dahlia pompon mixed (these say sow by 2021 I hope some germinate).
                          They all germinated & I’ve got about fifty dahlias

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                          Location : Essex

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                          • #58
                            Yesterday I sowed ten teddy bear sunflowers & potted on twenty three dahlias,twenty nine left to go
                            Location : Essex

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                            • #59
                              I sowed sunflowers yesterday too. My mum got a sunflower growing kit for her birthday last month, it contained a small ornamental pot, compost, and a packet of dwarf sunflower seeds. When I opened it, there were 40 seeds! In that one little pot? No way! So I've sown them all outside along the fence. If they grow they should look pretty good.
                              Also scattered a free packet of escholtzia seeds along the border. They can take their choice to grow or not.
                              Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
                              Endless wonder.

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                              • #60
                                Sowed another pot of nasturtium but soaked them for a couple of hours first. The first 3 pots sown about 2 weeks ago are not showing and I am not hopeful. Just want a few to dot here and there. First nicotiana and cosmos planted out.

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