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  • Martin H
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    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.

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  • Sweet savory
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    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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  • Babru
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    I've sometimes found foxgloves take two years to flower, even if they've been sown in good time. I've always wondered why.

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  • Babru
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    I've sometimes found foxgloves take two years to flower, even if they've been sown in good time. Always wondered why.

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  • mothhawk
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    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.

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  • Sweet savory
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    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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  • mothhawk
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    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.

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  • mothhawk
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    Mine's the green one too. Nicotiana alata "Lime Green". The RHS website actually says they are short lived perennials.

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  • annie8
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    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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  • Sweet savory
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    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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  • bramble
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    Mothhawk, same here.
    Grew nicotiana lastvyear for the first time.
    They are flowering again at the moment.

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  • peanut
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    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.

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  • mothhawk
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    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.

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  • Sweet savory
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    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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  • mothhawk
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    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.

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