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  1. Cherry
    May 17, 2012 @ 12:51 pm

    I’ve had Salvia Patens in my garden now for several years. It has proved to be hardy, even in last winter’s very low temperatures – possibly because I planted fairly large plants so they would already have had large tubers. I do mulch it well in Autumn to give it a bit of protection and it is in a bed that is partly protected by a large tree so does not normally get very wet. The colour is divine and it flowers for months and months, though it is slow to appear in Spring so I always wonder if it has succumbed to the winter.

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  5. Belinda Norrington
    February 14, 2011 @ 10:55 pm

    Do use the hellebore pics, very happy for you to use flowery pics as long as you link back.

    That blue is awesome, I grew a handful last year, but they never made it into a bouquet last year for some reason.

  6. Jason
    February 14, 2011 @ 9:53 pm

    What an amazing blue, I must have missed those when looking through the SR catalogue; there is so much amazing stuff in there that it’s not difficult to overlook things. Not sown much myself yet, just Lupins, Nicotiana, and Broadbeans. I’m expecting a delivery of Dahlia tubers next week from Peter Nyssen, can’t wait for those. I hope you spirit of adventure with the early sowing pays off!

    • Ben
      February 14, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

      Thanks Jason…rest assured if it doesn’t pay off you’ll all know about it! I shall be growing some Dahlias from seed…certainly SR’s ‘Bishop’s Children’ despite them having a creepy name. What Nicotiana did you sow?

      • Jason
        February 17, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

        I’m trying Nicotiana Affins this year; this is a good tall variety which I’m trying after being disappointed by a shorter variety I grew last year. I’ve never tried Dahilas from seed, do you know how long it will take for them to flower?

        • JW Blooms
          February 22, 2011 @ 11:44 am

          Excuse me butting in on your conversation but when I grew dahlias from seed they flowered the same year (in the polytunnel). Jan

  7. Karen - An artist's Garden
    February 14, 2011 @ 9:30 pm

    I love this plant – I grew Salvia patens “Blue Angel” from seed last year, it was in flower by the end of the year. Late Autumn I took the tubers indoors (unheated grrenhouse) – same as dahlias and I see that one of the three is sending out shoots. I also have sown more seed as I want loads of it this year – the colour is divine.
    K
    PS I have allready sown gazzillions of seeds – early I know but it does wonders for my mental health.

    • Ben
      February 14, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

      Ha! Yes…very good for mental health…perhaps I should sow my ‘five a day’?
      …Blue Angel….nice name.
      Love the photo’s on your site.

  8. Flowergirl
    February 14, 2011 @ 7:21 pm

    Salvia Patens (Gentian Sage), or, in other words…

    A giant valentine’s passage…

    xxx

  9. JW Blooms
    February 14, 2011 @ 6:36 pm

    Nope, never grown it but it is a gorgeous colour. There was something difficult about it, if I remember rightly, which meant I decided not to grow it but now, of course, I can’t remember what. Let me know how you get on. x PS Every bloke I meet in the pub claims to have been in the SAS – no wonder the Defence budget is so high…

    • Ben
      February 14, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

      …what annuals ARE you growing??? ;)

      • JW Blooms
        February 14, 2011 @ 8:07 pm

        Don’t ask difficult questions! I’ll show you when you come to visit.x

        • Ben
          February 14, 2011 @ 8:55 pm

          You’re hiding things from me out of professional secrecy…I’m on to you Mizz Waters…

          • JW Blooms
            February 15, 2011 @ 10:44 am

            If only I was that clever!