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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 24th February 2011, 9:19 am

Lottie, my little flower petal

I have a newly cleared patch on the allotment and want to grow some more flowers this year, but ones that are good for cutting to have in the house. I already do sweet peas but wondered what else is good - something scented and lasts a long time and, if possible, something flowers again and again so cutting them doesn't kill them off altogether
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Post by Jaded Green on 24th February 2011, 9:50 am

Yes, I want to do the same, but it my small back and front garden
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Post by Dandelion on 24th February 2011, 11:20 am

Chrysanths could be good - they should survive the winter hopefully to flower next year, and the blooms are long lasting when cut.

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Post by Compostwoman on 24th February 2011, 11:35 am

Sunflowers are good, especially the ones with lots of side flowers rather than one central one. And you get to have some bird food as well, after blooming.

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Post by mr_sfstk8d on 24th February 2011, 2:38 pm

Agree with the Sunflowers. Gorgeous huge blooms, if not scented. Putting in "Autumn Beauty" this year. Supposed to be prolific blossoms. I'll keep you posted. Oh, and we're forcing some of our forsythia indoor, so we'll have some lovely, and faintly fragrant, greenery a few weeks early. Budding already! Yay!
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Post by Lottie on 24th February 2011, 5:19 pm

Why hello, my lil pumpernickel... Laughing
I agree completely with wot others said, there are sooooooo many wonderful colours you can get now for sunflowers, yellow, browns, oranges, reds, short and tall.... and chrysans are lovely too... Very Happy

I do love a good Dahlia, can't help meself, the colours are just amazing and they last a good while and the more you cut the more you get. You can get dwarf ones too if you don't have space.

I also use annuals, which will also keep flowering. So last year I had cornflowers, ragged robin and corncockles. I also grow alot of marigolds, they don't last amazingly well, but they do keep coming and coming and coming... Very Happy plus roses, how could I forget roses... scented, mind you, Ooooooooo and Choisya as a background to the flowers too, and Myrtle, Oh and Holly too.. OK all.. Laughing

The best bit is, if you leave them out when the frost has got them, then the birdies come and have a blast nicking the left over seeds.. I've had no end of finches this year, including beautiful golden ones...and the sunflowers were chokka with ladybirds hibernating, plus they'll all drop their seed for more colour next season... Very Happy


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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 25th February 2011, 8:46 am

I can see another seed list being compiled Very Happy
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Post by Lottie on 25th February 2011, 9:10 am

Laughing

Don't forget winter too...! Winter sweet and Viburnum Bodanense "Dawn" (ignore spelling, it's early.... Embarassed ) Witch hazel, many don't look much but the scent is over powering beautiful in a lil vase on a windowsill , Ooooooooooo and Daphnes, mine are now flowering, JB and wow... Very Happy

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 25th February 2011, 12:48 pm

Forgot all about Daphnes. I used to have one but it died off for some reason

I've always wanted a witch hazel and never got round to getting one. Maybe I will now for the garden and another Daphne
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