SOWING SEEDS - 2021

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    Another year for sowing new plants.
     
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      I'll be trying Mexican Sunflowers for the first time this year and wondering when's the best time to sow them. Perhaps @NigelJ can give me some advice
      And are they really attractive to butterflies?
       
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      This year I am going for all grown from seed - so no plugs if I can help it. Garden centres are shut and on line prices have sky rocketed. I can't stand this blatant profiteering by the online sellers.

      Luckily, I've a tin full of free flower seeds from the front of Garden Answers magazine - so have planted a load of these today.

      I have ordered some blue and white Lobelia for the urns/hanging baskets and of course some Night Scented stock to plant outside the bedroom window. These stocks were recommended to me on this ere forum when I joined in 2013. Have planted them every year since then. 2013 - has it really been that long..
       
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        @Scrungee I sow Tithonia mid April which can still be too early. They are one of those plants that likes to keep growing and will sulk if there is a cold spell after they have been planted, sometimes it can be July before they start moving.
        As for butterflies, unfortunately my garden is a bit of blank for them, even the Buddlejas and Sedums don't attract them, bees, hoverflies, fliesand other insects yes, but few butterflies.
         
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          Maybe not quite as strong as night scented stock but I'm growing Zaluzianskya capensis again, not grown it for a few years, but its another plant that comes alive after dark on warm evenings.
           
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            Thanks, I think a diary note to sow in May and be prepared to keep some under cover for a 2nd planting out.
             
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              Did some sowing myself 10 days ago. Don't have recent pictures yet, but there is a LOT of green now

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              My personal favourites to sow are sunflowers and beans. Reason being I like plants with seeds I can actually see and feel. I always get anxious if there are a few specs of dust to see but the packet says "100 seeds". Most of the time I end up growing them everywhere but the place I actually want them to....
               
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                At last - Lobelia seeds that are easy to sow. The Suttons Lobelia seeds are 'Supa seeds' - which means that each seed is coated and easier to handle. Take a look at these pictures from this morning.

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                  I would have expected Suttons to get it right. Does nobody check these things?

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                    Indoors I've planted Honesty (Lunaria annua) for a shady corner. They are off to a good start. Nasturtium milkmaid (purchased) and some red nasturtium seeds collected last year from a plant that was a gift. Planted the Nasturtium 12 days ago and only one of each kind is growing. Patience I guess! Going simple this year and last years seeds that are now plants in the ground should also flower this year.
                     

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