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This year I planted seeds indoors
quite early (Mar 20th) with the intention that they would be
planted out into containers.
Previously I've planted much later and directly into the container.
So the question is, was there any advantage in planting so early.
Now previously it was a different year
and a different location further south, so the comparison can only be taken so far.
Looking at pictures from this day in 2012 and the days
around about, I can see that the zinnias had just started
to flower and the Californian poppies had been out for
about a week. The lobelia didn't start flowering until the
Back to today, and the zinnia have just started to flower,
the poppies have been out for about 2-3 weeks and the lobelia
have already got a few flowers.
So there has been no advantage for the zinnia, maybe a week for …
So we are now at about 16 weeks for the chilli plants.
Two of the chillies have now turned red. It was a very quick
process, one day they were green, as they have been for weeks,
and the next morning they were distinctly turning red and
by the end of the day they were fully red.
The chillies range from 3-4 cm in length.
Flowering has maybe slowed down a bit as there are very many
developing chillies on the plant.
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I'm going to join in the garden meme of
The Propagator blog -
well at least for one week.
I did do a trial run
3 weeks ago but was a bit late by the time I actually got around
to publishing it.
I should mention that I am in the North Tyneside area,
so the flowers may be a little behind those further South.
1 Salvia greggii "Radio Red"
I bought this last month so it is still quite small
but there are a few new flowers opening.
The red is a welcome change to all the yellow at the moment.
After I got it home I noticed that the label said it was half
hardy, so we shall have to see if it survives the winter.
I was about to take a picture of a Zinnia
and saw this caterpillar on one of the leaves.
After looking …
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It seemed to be quite a quiet
month for flowers as there is still a lot
Two very wet periods at the beginning and the end of the month - on
the sixth the gravel at the back of the house was partially under
water. Can't recall that happening even in winter.
There was one foxglove flowering, there are many plants at the side of
the house that I believe are foxgloves in their first year, but only
this one flowering.
This is one of the Gazania plants, it is the best
of the six, at least during the month as the others
have not flowered much.
Three Geraniums: the first one is a second smaller
clump of the pink one that appeared in May.
This second one started flowering later than the
others, but also is almost now finished.
While is was out it was by far …
So I decided to harvest the largest chilli to see how it was doing.
It was about 3-4cm (didn't actually measure it - I'm just going by
others) and it didn't appear that it was going to get any larger.
I could tell it was going to be good as soon as I cut into it.
It was very tastly and quite hot enough already.
This is week 13.
This is the main patch of yellow loosestrife.
To give a better idea of the scale,
the tallest one is about four and a half feet tall (1.4m).
This is taller than usual - most sources have the height
up to 1m.
There is some of the variegated "Alexander" variety
as well has the regular one too.
In the bottom right corner there is a Salvia.
This was another mystery plant.
When I first arrived there were just
the dead stalks which I thought were just another
patch of the yellow loosestrife.
However when it started growing, it was clearly something
Now that it has flowered I am fairly sure that it
is a Lychnis chalcedonica. It is very different from the other
Lychnis species that I am familiar with as it is tall with a thick
It is inconveniently situated under the Pyracantha
so you have the flower heads reaching up through
The tree does provide support which it might otherwise need to
stay upright in the strong winds that we have been getting recently.
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I'm starting with this, as the first two flowers just opened today in the
lovely sunshine we have been having.
A couple of weeks ago I was down south for a wedding and saw a
Hypericum that was just starting to flower, so here we are about 2
When the leaves first appeared I had no idea what this was.
However I recently saw Eryngium planum in the garden center that had
similar roundish leaves, which are different to the Eryngiums that I
am familiar with, such as the
Neptunes Gold variety that I bought
Anyway, it has now put up flower stalks and it is definitely beginning
to form into the distinctive Eryngium flower formation although it is
still small and green.
This is a Geum "Totally Tangerine".
It has masses of flowers and is providing a bit of …