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Here is one of my plantings. The fence is 1.7m tall.    

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2 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Yes.  Whenever a message shows up.  I usually get a notice saying there is a message or reply.

 

Nothing there at present.

 

There should be, I inquired about the echium seeds 22 hrs ago.  It appears in my sent..

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On 1/05/2019 at 5:43 PM, yesbut said:

There should be, I inquired about the echium seeds 22 hrs ago.  It appears in my sent..

About echium seeds you sent me .

I sowed some in spring and none came up so I sowed the whole lot in a tray and left them.

About a month ago they started  sprouting .

Some I planted as seedlings straight from tray but they do not much l like being transplanted .

So I pricked out the new seedlings at the 4 leaf stage into  6 plant cell packs .

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Nothing like bugloss they are Echium candicans, Pride of Madeira, etc.....do be careful they do not like composty stuff. They are a coloniser and as  dead leaves and other droppings build up underneath after a few years they'll  carc.

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5 minutes ago, yesbut said:

Nothing like bugloss they are Echium candicans, Pride of Madeira, etc.....do be careful they do not like composty stuff. They are a coloniser and as  dead leaves and other droppings build up underneath after a few years they'll  carc.

So. You are saying that they are the plants that you sent me.  There are dozens of them.

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3 minutes ago, yesbut said:

@Trevor Gillbanks and @kaihoka ....how did the Echium/s go over summer ?

Very well in the end.  I did not think it was going to germinated.  Then i found i had hundreds of seedlings.

I transferred them into the areas that i wanted them and more than enough grew.

None flowered this season, but I expect a large flowering for next season.

As a side issue I found that nothing likes to grow under them.  So great weed control.

 

I thought I had sent you a message way back when I did the transplants.  Sorry if I forgot.  Old age.

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1 hour ago, yesbut said:

Once they're established they're great. and you're never short of a seedling !

 

I will certainly post some photos next season with the bees on them. (if they flower for me)

The largest are about 1.5 m tall.

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5 hours ago, yesbut said:

@Trevor Gillbanks and @kaihoka ....how did the Echium/s go over summer ?

I have lots of plants around the garden .

They have not flowered yet .

I have tried to put them in the most well drained spots , next to cistus and grevillia etc.

They do not like wet in any form , rain or soil .

 

5 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

Very well in the end.  I did not think it was going to germinated.  Then i found i had hundreds of seedlings.

I transferred them into the areas that i wanted them and more than enough grew.

None flowered this season, but I expect a large flowering for next season.

As a side issue I found that nothing likes to grow under them.  So great weed control.

 

I thought I had sent you a message way back when I did the transplants.  Sorry if I forgot.  Old age.

I sowed seeds in spring and nothing happened .

Then one day I looked in the tray and there were lots of plants .

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6 hours ago, Sailabee said:

I tried to grow them from seed, and the few that did germinate did not grow beyond 40 cms high before loosing the will to live - think it was the cruddy yellow clay.

 

A few of mine have got black edges on leaves .

They are certainly not 1.5 mtr tall .

I have clay too .

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Thanks Kaihoka, perhaps I should give it another go, as I love the plants in mass plantings. I didn't even get a particularly good germination rate, so may have to splash out on another packet of seeds, and a few hail Marys.

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3 minutes ago, Sailabee said:

Thanks Kaihoka, perhaps I should give it another go, as I love the plants in mass plantings. I didn't even get a particularly good germination rate, so may have to splash out on another packet of seeds, and a few hail Marys.

The king seeds dwarf echium does well for me and self seeds .

I think its called blue something .

I will look and post link .

1 hour ago, Sailabee said:

Thanks Kaihoka, perhaps I should give it another go, as I love the plants in mass plantings. I didn't even get a particularly good germination rate, so may have to splash out on another packet of seeds, and a few hail Marys.

Echium blue bedder .

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