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Sowing seeds for colour next year

August 6, 2017

It is common belief that once summer comes we can relax and enjoy our garden, avoiding anything more taxing than watering and the odd bit of weeding and dead heading. The thoughts of sowing seeds may be the last thing on our minds, taking comfort in the seasonal routine of frantically planning what to grow as spring approaches. This however, can be easily avoided. Sowing perennial and biennial flower seeds now (late summer into Autumn) will not only prove less stressful next year but means that what you do sow will flower earlier and last for longer in your garden, creating the most vibrant of flower borders and hanging baskets well ahead of the rest.

 

Although a colourful garden may be the desired effect it is wise to put some thought into which colours to choose. Opting for primary colours can be a safe bet to create a plenitude of shades but seeing as there is plenty of planning time why not analyse the specific colours needed to get the most out of your outdoor space. Blue and white flowers will create a sense of distance, while pastel colours are best suited to low light conditions. Orange and red can be perfect to warm up an otherwise cool corner. Advanced thought can give your garden that je ne sais quoi with only matching furniture and lighting to worry about come spring. Calendula seeds come in a variety of eye-catching colours. Some of the varieties Kablouana and Snow Princess can be sown September, kept in a cold frame and their stunning double flowers will complement the dullest of borders early next year. With violas offering a magnificent choice of colours from red with blotch to sky blue they are a perfect choice to sow now. Other species to sow late summer are Lupins, Hardy Geraniums, Hollyhocks, Aquilegia and Verbascum. And if a Victorian cottage garden is your desired look don’t hesitate to sow some biennials seeds and overwinter until spring.  Sow outdoors Ammi Majus, Poppies, Nigella and Delphiniums to name but a few.

 

Whatever your preference, all the seeds can be sown in the same way. Half fill a tray with good quality, peat based compost. Avoid using potting compost when sowing seeds as it contains high levels of fertiliser that can damage young roots. Clean all pots and containers thoroughly as old compost can harbour diseases. Sow the seeds in rows, cover lightly with compost and water gently. Pots containing very small seeds should be surface sown and should be watered from the bottom by being left to soak only until the surface is evenly wet and then removed and allowed to drain. You may wish to cover the tray with a transparent cover for the initial stages of germination and if sowing during the summer months store the seeds in a cold frame. You may even be able to find some seeds in your current garden that have been blown from the flowers ready for harvesting. If these are gathered be sure to hang them in paper bags to dry out completely and then store them in manila envelopes until you are ready to use them. Avoid too much handling of these young seeds and maintain the key standard of hygiene when sowing.

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Vegetable seeds and Flower seeds

December 20, 2016
Available from Nickys Nursery  the following interesting
varieties are listed as new for the coming season. Chilli seed varieties includes the world’s hottest
chilli pepper Trinidad Scorpion Butch T. Capsicum chinense, Originating from Trinidad this scorpion is the pure strain, it was tested at over 1,460,000 SHU, making it hotter than the Bhut Jolokia which is the hottest commercialy available from seed.
Chilli seeds over 200 varieties include
the Carolina Reaper, Naglah a capsicum chinense and is a cross between Bhut Jolokia and Douglah
measured at over 1,000,000 scoville heat units, Habanero Black Stinger a hot
chilli pepper with a unique short tail similar to the Trinidad Scorpion, Bhut
Jolokia is an old favourite along with
Trinidad Scorpion. Chilli Basket
of Fire a capsicum frutescens is a medium heat compact chilli ideal for growing
in hanging baskets or containers. Vegetable
seeds
include Aubergine Pot Black a baby vegetable with almost black fruits
and ideal for containers, fruits can be harvested young making them ideal for
baby veg. Brussels Sprout ‘Bitesize’ a unique hybrid baby veg Brussels sprout
with small dark green buttons that are approximately half the size of normal
sprouts. Tomato Peardrops this is a hybrid, high yielding trailing tomato with
a mounding habit. It produces golden yellow
peardrop shapes fruits that are sweet and delicious, ideal grown in hanging
baskets and containers. Tomato Tumbling Tiger is a compact trailing variety
that produces both red and green striped fruits, they are plum shaped. The
plants are ideal for hanging baskets and containers. Some of the many new flower seeds
that are being stocked this year include the cut flower Lisianthus or also
known as Texas Bluebell Arena series in Baby Pink, Blue Flash, Blue Picotee, Champagne, Red and Rose. These varieties
have been selected for their high quality double flowers and strong tall stems.
Lisianthus Vulcan series in Blue Picotee, Deep Violet, Pink Picotee and White. New varieties are added to their online
catalogue throughout the year.

New Lisianthus Varieties

November 22, 2016

A selection from our new Lisianthus to grow from seeds

Lisianthus Advantage Cherry Sorbet

70-90cm
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus, middle to late flowering fully double dark rose pink flowers on strong stems. Ideal for cut flowers 70-90cm

Arena Baby Pink

80-100cm
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus Arena series, selected for its high quality and double flowers, an abundance of soft Baby Pink flowers approx 8cm in diameter on tall strong stems. Good branching habit make it an excellent cut flower & border plant. Mid to late flowering. Pelleted seed.
Lisianthus. Arena Baby Pink 30 pellets

Arena Blue Flash

80-100cm New & Unique Colour
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus Arena series, selected for its high quality and double flowers, a unique colour with an abundance of white blue veined flowers approx 8cm in diameter on tall medium strength stems. Good branching habit make it an excellent cut flower & border plant. Mid season flowering. Pelleted seed.

Lisianthus. Arena Blue Flash 30 pellets

Arena Blue Picotee

80-100cm
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus Arena series, selected for its high quality and double flowers, Blue Picotee flowers approx. 7.5cm in diameter on tall strong stems, thick petals and a top flowering variety. Good branching habit make it an excellent cut flower & border plant. Mid to late flowering. Pelleted seed.

Lisianthus. Arena Blue Picotee 30 pellets

 

 

 

 

Croma Green

80-100cm
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus, Excellent rose type flowers, elegant flower formation and high doubleness of its petals, strong sturdy stems and thick petals make it very attractive to florists and versatile in arrangements. Pale green rose like 6cm double flowers approx 6cm in size, good branching habit ideal cut flower, short plant and early flowering variety

Lisianthus. Croma Green 30 pellets

 Croma Snow

80-100cm
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus, Excellent rose type flowers, elegant flower formation and high doubleness of its petals, strong sturdy stems and thick petals make it very attractive to florists and versatile in arrangements. Early flowering cream/white fully double 6cm wide flowers, good branching habit tall plants with strong stems, an excellent cut flower

Lisianthus. Croma Snow 30 pellets

Croma White

80-100cm
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus, Excellent rose type flowers, elegant flower formation and high doubleness of its petals, strong sturdy stems and thick petals make it very attractive to florists and versatile in arrangements. Fully double rosy like pure white flowers approx 7cm in diameter, good branching habit and plant height, good hard stems. Ideal as cut flowers or in an arrangement with greenery and gypsophila for the perfect table decoration.

Lisianthus. Croma White 30 pellets

Falda Salmon

80-100cm New & Unique Colour
Eustoma grandiflorum
Hybrid Lisianthus, salmon coloured single petal 5cm fringed flowers on strong sturdy stems. An abundance of flowers per stem, the fringed flowers make voluminous bouquets especially when many flowers are used in one vase, ideal in a mixed arrangement or as a single colour display, a unique colour – thick petals.

Lisianthus. Falda Salmon 30 pellets

Buy seeds online – visit our new website

August 17, 2016

Our new website is now live https://www.nickys-nursery.co.uk/

Nicky’s Nursery Online shopping for all your favourite, rare and unusual seeds, garden games and garden sundries. We are dedicated to bringing our customers the highest quality products

 


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