We are almost at the end of another month and it is again time to review the cuttings bed.
Julie has said that she won’t be posting this month as sadly she can’t get out into the garden; so if you would like to leave your links here, I’d be very happy to coordinate and host for this month.
I returned home very late last Friday, well early Saturday really and was thrilled to see so much still flowering in the cuttings beds. With the olive harvest and work commitments this week this is the first opportunity I’ve had to pick some of those flowers for a vase and to assess what has been happening in October.
Firstly I think I have learnt something which may be important to any of us growing Cosmos.
I have been commenting all summer that the self-seeded Cosmos from last year’s plants were much stronger than my plants from new purchased seeds this year; well those have also now self-seeded and surprise, surprise those plants are also much stronger and have much thicker stems. So why might this be I asked myself and the conclusion I’ve come to is that my usual way of growing the Cosmos just doesn’t suit them, so it is all my fault. My usual method is to sow into a small (one fifth size) seed tray and then prick out into individual modules to grow on before planting out. I am sure now that Cosmos don’t appreciate all the root disturbance and this is why they are such weak plants. My plan for next year is:
1) To sow one or two seeds into individual modules, and
2) Try direct sowing, which usually I don’t have all that much success with.
What do you do?
I think the Rudbeckia need richer soil than they had this year, I will try again.
The Chrysanthemums haven’t had a fair chance to show what they can do this year. I bought plants at about this time last year and took cuttings which all grew into plants, but I was very late finding a spot in the cuttings beds to plant them (I think it was September) and even so they have been a bit over-shadowed by taller plants around them. I’m not sure they will earn a place; it will depend on how long their flowering season proves to be. I think that like some vegetables it may be worth just buying pots of them when they come into the shops (there are always masses because everybody takes them to the cemetery for the Day of the Dead). Other plants are so much more generous – the Zinnias for instance have been flowering since the 10th June and are still going strong – that’s four months of vases from one square metre of ground, great value.
I used white Chrysanthemums, white Cosmos, Thai basil stems and olive branches for a vase today.
What are you picking from the garden this month?
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