How to grow spinach from seed

It has been estimated that a 10m (30ft) row of spinach supplies just about the right amount for a family of four during the summer months. But one sowing is not sufficient. Fresh young foliage is demanded and where spinach is much appreciated, successional sowings should be made fortnightly between late March and mid-July. For later autumn supplies and for […]

Winter Garden Clean Up

As winter approaches, it’s tempting just to sit back and put your feet up and not have to think about the garden until springtime. However, just a bit of extra work at this time of the year can save you a whole lot of hassle come planting time. Garden clean-up, the last big chore for gardeners, is often overlooked, especially […]

Echinops – Perennial Plant, How to grow

How to grow Echinops Echinops (ek-in-ops) From the Greek echinos, a hedgehog, opsis, like, referring to the spiky appearance of the flower heads which resemble a rolled-up hedgehog (Compositae). Common Name: Globe thistle. Hardy herbaceous perennial and biennial plants for the border. Species cultivated (All perennial) E. bannaticus, 2-3 feet, violet-blue globular heads of flowers, summer, Hungary. E. humilis, 3-5 […]

Self Sowing Annuals

Self Sowing Annuals   ANNUALS WHICH USUALLY SELF-SOW Browallia (Browallia) California Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica) CallioPsis (Coreopsis tinctoria) Cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) Cosmos (Cosmos bipinnatus) Four-o’clock (Mirabilis jalapa) Gypsophila (Gypsophila elegans) Larkspur, Rocket (Delphinium ajacis) Morning-glory (Ipomma purpurea) Petunia (Petunia hybrida) Pot-marigold (Calendula officinalis) Rose Moss (Portulaca grandiflora) Sage, Mealycup (Salvia farinacea) Snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia marginata) Spiderflower (Cleome spinosa) Summer-cypress (Kochia trichophylla) Sweet […]

Echinops – Globe Thistle, Perennials Guide to Planting Flowers

Echinops – Globe Thistle The Globe Thistle is very interesting if one likes thorny, prickly plants. The leaves are large, deeply cut and very prickly. The stems are silver-white, while the flowers are either white or a grayish metallic blue. The flower heads are round like a ball and are entirely covered with needle-like thistles All of the species bloom […]

Aquilegia ( Dragonfly Columbine Hybrids )

Dragonfly Hybrids are strong stemmed with leaves that are 3-ternate that grow from 1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long. They also have terminal flowers up to 3 inches across and spurs to 4 inches long. Columbine is a clumping perennial found in meadows, woodlands and mountainous regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Leaves are finely divided, ternate, bluish-green, divided into leaflets […]