Biennials

Flower Growing is a year round enterprise………

There is never a downtime where we do nothing at all, just sometimes are less frantic than others!

Its July and I’m turning my attention to my Biennial crops.

Normally I would have made a start on these in June but with the baking heat I was worried my seedlings would get frazzled.

Biennials flower not this year, but next.
They are best planted outside in the autumn
so they can get well established over the winter.

Why Biennials? Well they flower much earlier than Annuals and most don’t mind a bit of part shade and even the poorest of soils and the flowers are so interesting giving a real unique look to your flower displays.

I’ve just snapped up the Biennial Seed Collection from Higgledy Garden, you get a lovely had written note from Benjamin and I even got a gift of Daucus carota which you will know from my previous post is a new favourite and the seeds so very welcome, thanks Benjamin!

So what am I going to sow?

*Foxglove ‘Alba

*Foxglove ‘Excelsior’

*Foxglove ‘Apricot’

*Honesty

*Hesperis (Sweet rocket) Purple

*Hesperis (Sweet rocket) White

*Wallflower ‘Fire King’

*Sweet William ‘Auricula Eyed’

*Sweet William ‘Nigricans’

Sweet William ‘Alba’

and of course *Daucus Carota

 

Digitalis Alba (Foxgloves) grown at Swan Cottage Flowers
Digitalis Alba (Foxgloves)

 

Daucus carota, Wild Carrot or False Queen Anne's Lace
Daucus carota, Wild Carrot or False Queen Anne’s Lace
Hesperis (Sweet rocket) White grown at Swan Cottage Flowers
Hesperis (Sweet rocket) White
Digitalis Sutton's Apricot (Foxgloves) grown at Swan Cottage Flowers
Digitalis Sutton’s Apricot (Foxgloves) grown at Swan Cottage Flowers

 

September is the perfect time to plant them out.
The idea is you plant them while the soil is still warm so the roots get away but the air temperature is cooler so they don’t put on too much height.
You can put them up into 9cm pots and keep them in the greenhouse over winter either works for me – I sometimes hedge my bets and as long as they go in before April they are just fine.
Seed compost or coir pots will have no nutrition in them so if they start to look a little yellow I would sit them in a tray of Seaweed Plant feed, Wilko do a good one and the dilution is on the back of the bottle. This is better than anything else for seedlings

Zoe

Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers
Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers

 

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