This deal was on last weekend and was extremely popular…I have made up some more sets and am offering the collection again for those that missed out when we ran out of stock on the Sunday….
I have compiled a collection of fifteen varieties of flowers which offer a great variety of form and colour and will give the grower a fantastic cutting patch that will go on producing flowers all summer until the first sharp frosts of Autumn.
FAQ; “What’s The Deal Higgers You Old Codger?”
*I have reduced the price of the collection by one third so it now comes in at under £20.
*The collection is FREE of any shipping/delivery costs.
*Further to this I shall also be throwing in an extra FREE Higgledy Bonus Packet of our delightful Calendula ‘Indian Prince’.
This is a plentiful amount of seeds…why not go Dutch with a chum…there’s enough for two good sized flower patches…at less than £10 each! …oh my life…pass the Epsom salts…I’m having an attack of the Vapours…
The varieties included are…
*Nigella ‘Persian Jewels’
*Eschscholzia ‘Orange King’
*Candytuft ‘Crown Mix’
*Nicotiana ‘White trumpets’
*Scabiosa ‘Ping Pong’
*Salvia ‘Blue Monday’
*Sunflower ‘Vanilla Ice’
*Snapdragon ‘Cheerio Mix’
Have a great weekend.
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I’m a huge fan of cornflowers…’Blue Ball’ were amongst the first flowers I ever grew for cutting and I wouldn’t consider being without them in the patch. They are both handsome and prolific.
Some I sow directly into the soil when it has warmed up from mid April…others I sow under glass from the beginning of April.
‘Black Ball’ is also another great cornflower to grow if you are looking for something perhaps more contemporary….tall, dark and mysterious…much like myself…well….without the tall bit….and swap ‘dark’ for ‘mousy brown’…..and…….
The third variety that I’m fond of is ‘Classic Romantic’…it is a bi-coloured…frosted type creature in pale pinks….tres belle….
All these cornflowers are easy to grow and can be sown in Autumn as well as spring. From a spring sowing you should have the first ones in flower in twelve weeks. Don’t bury the seeds too deep…a light covering is fine.
*The first of the annuals seed went into the lotty plot this morning. Each bed is three feet wide…three rows to a bed. It is mild down here in Cornwall, so sowing this early is fine…I would leave it a little longer if you live further ‘up country’.
*I have sown a collection of annuals that prefer a direct sowing as opposed to being sown in pots and then planted out.
*I will leave them to get on with it for a month…then thin the seedlings out to a little under a foot apart.
*In the gaps where nothing has germinated I shall plant out other annuals that I have grown under glass….this way the beds will get a funky mixed meadow look, which I understand has really taken off in Scunthorpe and some of the surrounding villages. Party on, Scunthorpe!
*Of course native weeds will grow too…..less said about them the better….we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Seeds planted today were…Amaranthus, Ammi, Bupleurum, Larkspur, Daucus carota, Dill, Echium, Eschscholzia, Godetia, Gypsophila, Nigella, Phacelia and Weld.
…more on the plot at the weekend.
Cobaea scandens is relatively rare in the British gardens despite being easy enough to grow and spectacularly splendiferous. This annual climber (..well…tender perennial) will cover a large area if grown in the right position.
Cobaea like a little heat to get them started I have discovered…this is easily achieved on a sunny windowsill. Sow seeds on their edge just below the surface of your compost. I like to sow into 9 cm square pots. They MUST be carefully hardened off before planting out after the frosts have finished frostifiying. If you sow later than mid April the season may not be long enough for them to flower…especially if you live north of the border…(The Tamar River.)
Cobaea will need support….trellise is good….as it taught, strong wire….these chaps can climb up to 20 ft in a summer.
Inventive florists can do wonders with Cobaea scandens….frankly I need to up my game on the floristry side of things but nonetheless I will always have this plant in a sheltered part of the Higgledy Garden….it rocks.
I will keep you posted as to how these plants fair over the season.
I sell Cobaea Scandens seeds at £1.95 for 10 seeds.
Ammi Visnaga is the less well known, chunky sister of Ammi Majus. Clusters of dense white flowers make up very defined domes…about the size of an hemisphere of a cricket ball…perhaps a fraction bigger. They have a architectural majesty of their own…very striking in the flower patch…very striking in the vase. They make the perfect foliage filler and will set off almost any other flower you wish to show with them.
Ammi visnaga seeds are best sown direct into the soil…as are (Ammi Majus seeeds)…I sow mine in straight drills about a foot apart. The seeds only need to be very lightly covered. Keep the bed lightly watered. Seeds should germinate within three weeks.
Thin your seedlings out to about a foot apart…don’t try and transplant the excess…it’s futile…they will keel over. You get heaps of seeds in a packet…you will have plenty…perhaps save some for an autumn sowing as they are hardy annuals.
For a guide on direct sowing try: ‘Sowing Hardy Annuals Directly Into The Soil’
I sell Ammi visnaga seeds at £1.95 for 500ish.