Success with Salvia seeds

Success with Salvia seeds

Thanks to customer Roman for sending in a photo of his Salvia seedlings today, less than one week after sowing.  25 seedlings from 26 seeds is a good result and I like to celebrate the green fingers of our lovely customers!

He has sown Salvia 'Victoria Blue', and the seedlings grow into plants with beautiful blue flowers next summer.

 Salvia 'Victoria White' is another in the same series, with plants looking great growing together in drifts or blocks of colour.

Created On  18 Sep 2020 12:58  -  Permalink

Plants at the Veryan & Portloe Store

Plants at the Veryan & Portloe StoreWe have a small number of spare plants available in our local shop.  We normally put them out from March to when the bad weather sets in (mostly October).  This year we chose Monday 16th March to get started - the sunniest day of the year so far, and the first dry day for a month!  Drop by the Veryan & Portloe Store to have a browse.

Alongside us you will find the beautiful flowers and vegetables produced by our local Calendra Collective.

Created On  17 Mar 2020 8:57  -  Permalink

Find our seeds and trays at the Veryan & Portloe Store

Find our seeds and trays at the Veryan & Portloe StoreA reminder to our local customers and visitors that PlantGenesis seeds are available at the Veryan & Portloe Store here in The Roseland, Cornwall.  If you can't find what you are looking for, please visit our website for lots more seeds, which are delivered free to TR2 postcodes in The Roseland.  Remember to select the 'Free Delivery' option when checking out.

Alongside the seeds are Steve's sturdy wooden seed trays for those of you wanting to reduce the use of plastic in the garden.  Made here in Cornwall from larch.  Get one here.

Our 'polyhouse' delivers a few plants each year raised from germination tests and cuttings.  They are mostly grown by us, but not all, as some are handed on from friends and fellow plant enthusiasts, so we have quite an eclectic range at times!  They will appear in front of the shop in the next few weeks.  Watch our blog, Facebook and Instagram for their arrival. 

Created On  6 Mar 2020 17:50  -  Permalink

Spring is on the way! Wild Primroses are in flower

Spring is on the way! Wild Primroses are in flower

You know for sure when spring is on the way when the wild primroses start to flower.  It may be cold, it may be raining a lot, but it is a wonderful sight and I know some warm weather cannot be far away.  The main photo is the wild primrose (Primula vulgaris).  It is a hardy plant, growing widely across the UK and will always start flowering as early as February, especially here in Cornwall.  I let them grow in my garden as they are such beauties.  This one is quite pale, with many wild plants flowering in a stronger shade of yellow.  Sometimes they flower in pink.  There are lots of colourful cultivated forms available in garden centres.

It got me thinking what reliable and versatile plants Primroses can be.  These early flowers are followed by other species that flower well into the middle of summer.  Many are worth growing from seed.

 Cowslips (Primula veris) follow shortly after from March to May, with bright yellow flowers on taller stems.  Also a wild plant, they look good in borders and even gravel gardens.

 Vial’s Primrose (Primula vialii ‘Miracle’), a cultivated form of Primose, has unusual and appealing bi-coloured flowers in June and July.

 And the Candelabra Primroses (Primula x bulleesiana), which are cultivated hybrid plants, sit tall, with whorls of very colourful flowers, also in June and July.

Primroses are good plants for the UK as they like damper soils and can cope with part shade.  On this rainy and cloudy day, they somehow feel perfect for our sometimes soggy islands!

Created On  21 Feb 2020 17:32  -  Permalink

Mediterranean garden perfect colour combination

Mediterranean garden perfect colour combination
I visited Abbotsbury Sub-Tropical Gardens with a friend last year in Dorset.  It’s a really fantastic garden and well worth a detour to get there.  We went in high summer on a very hot day and the Mediterranean garden was looking truly wonderful.  I was particularly taken with the combination of silver, yellow and blue planting, contrasting so well with the dry landscaping.

The silver and yellow colours are from the Curry Plant (Helichrysum italicum) and the blue from English Lavender.  I’m not sure of the Lavender variety in this case, but Lavender ‘Munstead’ would be a good choice.  Or Lavender 'Hidcote Blue'.

 Curry Plant      Lavender 'Munstead'   

This is not a difficult look to re-create in your own garden.  You need to find a sunny position, with well-drained soil.  Plants grow best if the soil is not too fertile, so heavy duty composting is not required!  Try and find space for groups of plants placed in drifts and this is where growing from seed is so helpful, as you can raise a large number of plants in one batch at low cost.  Allow the first year to germinate and grow the plants, plant them out in the summer or early autumn and in the second year you will have a lovely Mediterranean display.

Created On  13 Feb 2020 18:09  -  Permalink

Tithonia or Mexican Sunflowers - How did they pass me by?!

Tithonia or Mexican Sunflowers - How did they pass me by?!

Sometimes I am guilty of living on my own ‘plant-bubble’, only admiring and growing plants that I like.  So when I was asked for Tithonia seeds several times last year, it forced me to look into this plant, and to find some seed.  This year, we are selling Tithonia ‘Goldfinger’.

Tithonias come from the hotter parts of North America and grow big daisy-like flowers, in bright orange.  Growing over a metre tall in a single season, they are a great plant for a border and a vase.  I see they prefer a warm sheltered garden, and not-too-rich soil and deliver months of late colour flowers. 

I particularly like the orange and blue colour combination, so try growing Tithonia alongside Salvia ‘Victoria’ (main picture) or Verbena bonariensis.   

 Tithonia and Verbena bonariensis

Orange with green looks good too, so Dill and Nicotiana ‘Lime Green’ would work well together. 

Tithonias are not frost tolerant and grow as annuals in the UK.  In their natural climate they are perennial plants and live for many years in frost-free sunny gardens.  They die down naturally in winter, so don’t be too hasty in removing apparently dead plants in winter if you think they may survive in your garden.  They are easy to grow from seed, and are worth the effort of sowing fresh each year.

  Tithonia 'Goldfinger'

Created On  12 Feb 2020 13:09  -  Permalink