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A firm favourites for many years, these tough and endearing bedding plants are easy to grow and will flower for several months from late winter to late spring. They are resistant to the heat, cold and rain and come in shades of red, rose and white (as well as bicolours).
get 60 plug plants for £14.99 from Crocus.co.uk
Every Autumn a job I look forward to doing is planting out Sweet William plants...because then I can think about next summer.
(Planning ahead with sweet william)
Sweet William is a biennial plant, meaning you sow it this year and it flowers the next. I adore it, I grow it in pots, borders and in amongst rose bushes in my own garden. Here we're planting a bed full of Sweet William, Foxglove and Harlequin Flowers. this will give us a great show from late spring and onwards through the summer...all for a about a quid....not bad!!
Heres a few wee seeds we're sowing just now for next year, this one is Lagurus ovatus, a wonderful little grass plant which produces these wee 'bunny tails'....a real interest plant for the container or garden. Its only an annual so you'll have to re-sow it each year but wonderful all the same
another wonderful decorative grass is this Briza maxinia, another grass with decorative seed heads and like the Lagurus its an annual grass. Growing about 2' high its a nice grass for swaying in the wind and works well planted in a wee drift along a paths edge
In contract to the 2 above Cleome Violet Queen is a fabulous flowering plant, growing 5' in height it produces these bright scented flowers in the summer.
Sweet William are a garden classic, lovely scented flowers in summer months. Ideal for filling gaps inbetween roses and in borders, it makes an invaluable cut flower
another great fragrant plants are these Wallflowers, tragically very unfashionable but wallflower are great to bring beneficial bugs to the party, these flower in spring and early summer and are a welcome food source for bees early in the year
the Sweet William seeds we sowed back in August of 2012 are in full flower, and giving me vase upon vase of flowers for the kitchen table (and lots of brownie points with Leanne)...
Sweet William is a Biennial- so you sow it this year for flowers next. I'll be doing likewise this August, sowing a few hundred plants for using out and about next year.
A lot of the plants I used as fillers between my floribunda roses in the front garden, they add to the perfume and help to fill the gaps between plants - a wonderful compliment plant to Roses. We also have them planted in pots in a courtyard in the North West Regional College.
the big tubs of sweet williams planted last autumn in the courtyard of North West Regional College are looking great and full, I cannae wait until they start to flower, this will fill the wee courtyard with scent all summer!
Planning ahead...sure we're all good at it...right??...Wrong, we all get carried away in the here and th e now and we always forget to plan ahead, well Sweet Williams don't come in the here and the now and you have to plan ahead for these bad boys. As old as the hills, most folks will mind they're mams or dads growing these, or even grandpa but they're magical and well worth a try...why? beacause they're wonderfully scented and provided great colour in the garden in early summer....but you'd wannae get the finger out....
Sweet Williams make a great cut flower, and are great at attracting beneficial insects and polinators to the fruit and vegetable garden....Get a packet of seeds (in any gardend centre) and sow a coupel of seeds to a cell in a seed tray (we've some here sown 2 weeks ago by a city and guilds level 2 class), the reason we sow these fellows now is that in their first year they grow into wee bushy plants and then in their second year they flower on and on and on...
After 8 weeks you'll have plants which look like these (these have been potted into bigger cells and then bigger pots this week), these will be ready to plant out in a few weeks , they'll sit handy in the garden or in pots all winter and then flower next April-June in the garden, and if we cut the flowers regularly they shoudl flowers for 3-4 years before they become exhausted...so 70 plants for a £1.29 pack of seeds....happy days!!
a classical example of a good or beneficial bug is the humble ladybird....seen ehere amongst some lettuce...each ladybird equals 2000 less greenfly....so good bugs are great to have and save you a lot of hassle...so its well worth planting or sowing a few seeds for plants which will help bring these wee guys (or ladies) in the garden...enjoy!
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