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  • #61
    Planted out lupins and dahlia seedlings. Still got cosmos to plant out. I used to think nicotiana was half hardy, but last years plants are beginning to flower again. They had no winter protection, so I'm quite impressed with them.
    Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
    Endless wonder.

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    • #62
      After being so organised earlier in the year I am now way behind.
      On Sunday I finally got round to sowing my Zinnia, Cosmos, Nasturtiums, Ipomoea, Tagetes, Marigolds, Linaria and Borage.
      Some Zinnia, Cosmos and Ipomoea are already poking through.
      Nestled somewhere in the Cambridgeshire Fens. Good soil, strong winds and a Giant Puffball!
      Always aim for the best result possible not the best possible result

      Forever indebted to Potstubsdustbins

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      • #63
        Mothhawk, same here.
        Grew nicotiana lastvyear for the first time.
        They are flowering again at the moment.

        And when your back stops aching,
        And your hands begin to harden.
        You will find yourself a partner,
        In the glory of the garden.

        Rudyard Kipling.sigpic

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        • #64
          Interesting comments on nicotiana which I have just planted out. Mine are the tall variety and I have some on the sunny and some on the shady side of the garden so will compare and contrast. Most cosmos now planted out and the first dahlia is in its pot. I am still trying to grow some nasturtium to add variety to the self seeded ones but so far only the row I sowed direct is responding.

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          • #65
            My nicotiana died back over winter but must have self seeded as came back last year and signs of it again this year. Can’t remember the name but it was the one with the green flowers. All my zinnia, sunflowers, cosmos and dahlias out in the bed. Just growing in my nigella and a few leftovers in the cold frame until a bit bigger.

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            • #66
              Mine's the green one too. Nicotiana alata "Lime Green". The RHS website actually says they are short lived perennials.
              Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
              Endless wonder.

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              • #67
                I have a trayful of calendula seedlings and nowhere to put them. it was really old (5+ years) self saved seed so I sowed the lot, and I think every blooming one germinated! I've planted out quite a few where I wanted them. I'm thinking maybe I'll plant the rest in all the gaps in the small veg bed I have. I hate to discard any seedlings.
                Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
                Endless wonder.

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                • #68
                  Sowed sweet William for next year. The ones I grew from seed last July, overwintered and then planted out in spring, have not flowered although they have bulked out and look really healthy. Maybe they will flower later this year - or next?

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                  • #69
                    The ones I sowed in July 2020 are flowering for the first time this year, so yours probably won't flower this year, SS. They are treated as biennials though they are short lived perennials, so need to be two years old before they will flower.
                    Location - Leicestershire - Chisit-land
                    Endless wonder.

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                    • #70
                      I've sometimes found foxgloves take two years to flower, even if they've been sown in good time. Always wondered why.
                      Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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                      • #71
                        I've sometimes found foxgloves take two years to flower, even if they've been sown in good time. I've always wondered why.
                        Mostly flowers, some fruit and veg, at the seaside in Edinburgh.

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                        • #72
                          Sweet Williams up and pricked out. Thanks for the explanation Mothhawk. I had been expecting that they would behave like my honesty does but know now I just have to be more patient!

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                          • #73
                            I sow Sweet Williams in May and they flower the following year. The plants generally survive and flower again the year after.
                            Having said that, the ones I sowed this May are still very small. I blame the compost! So I expect those won't flower very well in 2023 but will put on a really good show the next year.

                            They often die off after the second flowering, so I generally compost them at that point.
                            My gardening blog: In Spades, last update 30th April 2018.
                            Chrysanthemum notes page here.

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