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so many weeds in the average seed trays

I planted hollyhock seeds I collected in these seed trays but I see lots of seedlings that are not hollyhocks. The hollyhocks are the large-leaved seedlings. I'll see what the others grow into.


The tray below seems to have less weeds, maybe as I used new compost which hasn't been in the garden receiving lots of weed seeds being blown in.


I have loads of green tomatoes but no sign of them turning red.

green tomatoes

The Wonder of Weeds

I've seen this before but when I noticed it on iplayer today I thought I'd watch it again. Provides some food for thought.  For example, stachys macrantha which isn't in my weed guide as I didn't know it was a "weed", but as it self-seeded I guess it makes sense:

stachys macrantha


The agastache anisata's flowers are continuing to grow taller. The unknown weed in that pot (on the right) still has not bloomed; so far looking like a willowherb. I'm finding it difficult to be patient waiting for it but I'm determined to figure out what it is once and for all. I'd have more weed flower pics in my weed guide if I wasn't was desperate to pull the weeds out and not give them a chance to flower and spread.

agastache anisata

The cold, cold spring meant my sunflowers (and other seeds) got a very slow start. This is one of my few sunflowers in bloom.


Some very handmade terracotta pots  - so much more character than black plastic.

handmade terracotta pots

My first lupin is looking good and attracting bees (although I didn't manage to capture a pic of any)





Echinops, lurking in the background.











I was surprised to see a flower on one of the lupins I planted this year. I thought they generally did not bloom until the second year.  I don't know that it's going to fully bloom but it sure is trying.


Scabiosa Barocca

This plant is really amazing - 4 different stages of development for the flowers on the plant.

These agastache anisata are finally bloomining.

agastache anisata

terracotta pots, updates to the New Garden page, new Nigella page, updates to Weed Guide

The nigella have really blossomed - and not just white as initially but lots of blues now as well which I love.  I decided to create a separate gallery of the photos my husband took of them at Nigella Flowers.

I try to mostly grow from seed so don't buy many flowers at the garden centre but when I saw this scabiosa Barocca at the garden centre yesterday I couldn't resist. Those tightly packed buds look so ripe and ready to burst and such a rich colour and I know bees love them (or did when I grew some before, have not tried this variety before).

scaffolding next door is down!
I finally started planting next door and have updated the New Garden page.

Yes, this is lesser knapweed (previously an unknown plant as I'd forgotten what it was!), more obvious now that it's in bloom.

Terracotta pots

As I wrote about repairing the terracotta pots with contact adhesive back in May - it just doesn't work. After week's of being out in wet weather this one has fallen apart. I have discarded most of the others before they collapsed.

pansies and violas

viola floral powers

I still find these beautiful viola Floral Powers popping up unexpectedly - one of my better results with seeds. I first planted these two years ago. I see they are described as perennial and although I have them self-seeding I wouldn't call them perennial.

I love pansies (and violas) and find them not too difficult to grow from seed BUT the colours all seem to be the same - all I seem to get are reddish and yellow. Last year I had the same and these are from packets of mixed colour "Swiss Giants". Most of my nigella flowers are boring white (pic to follow) so I'm beginning to think the seed suppliers are filling out the mixtures with the most boring colours. I'm going to try some single colour selections of pansies next time.


Some things do seem very difficult to grow from seed so I'm grateful for the odd easy packet of seeds such as these marigolds that came free with my seed order. It's reassuring I can grow *something* from seed. As usual with just about every pot in my garden, something has self-seeded itself in it, in this case aquilegia.

ox-eye daisies

I often hear gardening advice that one should cut back fading flowers to encourage a new flush of growth but I rarely get around to it. This time I did and it worked beautifully. These daisies were completely wilted and I cut them back and a week or so later I was rewarded with the new crop of flowers.

ox-eye daisy


Hollyhocks are one of those plants that are so reliable and resilient like hyacinths. This one has survived the building site.


This one has survived being on the edge of the building site.

This one self-seeded in the "weed garden" next door.


unexpected auricula

I'm keen on period style flowers so wanted to create an auricula theatre for the spring. Knowing how hit and miss growing from seed is I thought I'd buy some plants to ensure I have some at the right time. I saw plants at the garden centre recently which had obviously already bloomed earlier this spring but I thought I could get them now and I'd have them ready next spring. I was very surprised to see this plant in bloom today. I didn't think auriculas bloomed at this time and I don't know what I've done to encourage them to bloom again.


buying perennials when sowing from seed is difficult

These veronicas are one of those perennials very difficult to sow from seed. I bought the Royal Candles variety a few years ago but they didn't come up this year and I do love them so decided to invest in a couple more plants. The garden centre also had Ulster Blue Dwarf which looked very attractive so I bought one of each.

Veronica Ulster Blue Dwarf

veronica ulster blue dwarf

Veronica Royal Candles

veronica royal candles

This was in my Weed Guide under mystery plants but now that buds are appearing I think I had a few flowers on this last year and it's either greater or lesser knapweed which I had forgotten. I don't seem to have any pics of it from last year - very remiss of me especially if I'm not taking better notes.




This suddenly appeared in the garden next door. It looked a lot like a foxglove before the flowers opened this morning. Now I can see it looks like a verbascum which I don't see anywhere around here so I have no idea where it came from. I don't know much about them so don't know if they are a known self-seeder.


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