Hardy annuals can be sown in September with good results. Sowing in Autumn will give you earlier…stronger…and bigger plants in the spring. I make a spring sowing too and thereby extend the season of my flower patch…because I am clever, and smug with it….
I spotted this cracking butterfly on the cornflowers this morning…it’s always a great feeling when pollinators visit the flower patch…they are having a tough time of it lately and it is great to be able to offer them some assistance. (The ‘Complete Cut Flower Patch Collection’ encompasses my ‘Bee & Butterfly Friendly Collection’ by the way…yes… shameless plug but a chap has to pay the rent and all that…
Even last night’s rain failed to spoil the beauty of this cracking Nigella….they are very alien creatures…
Nigella have a fairly short flowering period…so I sow some in August/September…April…and then late May.
Scabiosa is always a winner in my book…’Crown’ comes in whites…pinks…purples…this is another flower the bees go potty for.
Ammi Majus rocks…autumn sowings will give you six foot plants that sway a samba and generally enjoy themselves.
These took a bit of a kicking in the storm…but they will live….their flowers are super delicate…and super pretty. I should have staked them as in the rain they get heavy and can flop over…making me look very unprofessional.
Another really easy to grow cornflower that is ace for cutting….strong stems…good vase life…amazing colour.
Others to think about sowing in autumn would be Calendula…Larkspur…Borage…Cerinthe…Eschscholzia…Malope.
…oh yes…and not forgetting corncockle…
Take a peak at my ‘Seeds to sow in late summer and autumn collection’
Have fun one and all….any questions then please fire away. :)
Equinox Sowing Of Hardy Annuals. | Higgledy Garden
September 24, 2013 @ 6:48 am
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August 25, 2013 @ 7:44 pm
Knowing that the winter here ( Denmark) is a little bit colder I would like to know of all those flowers can stay outside all winter. Would it be good for some flowers to stay in a greenhouse (without heating but free for wind)?
Looking forward to my garden with a touch of Higgledy Garden.
August 27, 2013 @ 6:16 pm
Hi, they should be fine in Denmark…though perhaps a covering of fleece would help….it’s not expensive….also remember that ALL the seeds can be sown in April too…so why not just sow half…then you can resow if they fail… :)
August 11, 2013 @ 4:11 pm
Thanks for this Benjamin! I have never tried sowing seeds in autumn before so I will have a go with some of them. I have just bought ‘black ball’ cornflower among some other seeds from you. I am really looking forward to receiving them!