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Do you grow from seeds, cuttings or split plants to augment your stock? If you do may I share my passion with you. I admired a little primula growing in a friends garden. Her husband is a doctor and he finds gardening is a great way to relax. He pulled off a non rooted cutting in full flower and said to pop it in our north facing rockery where it would grow beautifully. This was my first attempt at propagating. I thank him for sharing his knowledge. It does feel good to be successful.

I bought one bulb of Galanthus ‘Springstone Surprise’ I chose this one because on the day it was cheaper than another yellow snowdrop which I did buy later. I dk if it is situation but this one has done much better in propagating itself than the other. It was discovered at Spindlestone in Northumberland in 1997 by Ron McBeath and Jim Jermyn

I used to open my garden to fund raise for the local school and the pensioners club. The plants donated by local residents included a tray of seedlings of Bronze Fennel plants. I bought one and love it. It has lovely bronze plumes of new foliage in spring followed by large flat bright yellow multi flowered heads in the autumn. It self seeds gently. At six foot plus it is great for both the herb and perennial borders.

A Goy friend sent me an alpine dainthus. I liked it so much that I decided to grow some different ones from the SRGC Seed exchange list. I have been successful and will add those to ‘My Garden’ as I cannot show you them in flower yet. I will add websites where I know of them to let you see what they look like in flower The following are all on
Dianthus glacialis is fragrant, white-throated, pink flowers on very short stems, open on compact cushions of narrow green leaves. Growing at up to 10,000 feet in the Alps this rare and tiny plant is perfect for rockery, scree or pot in the alpine house.
Dianthus alpinus require full sun and sharp drainage and prefer neutral to alkaline soil. Flowers are a really strong, vibrant, cerise-pink, produced in quantity from dark buds in late spring / early summer. It has the typical, nice, glossy-green foliage and is a good grower.
D. arenarius
Above dense clumps of slender grassy green foliage arise thin stems of fragrant, one inch white flowers with deeply fringed, almost feathery, petals. Plants prefer a sandy well-drained soil in full sun but will tolerate afternoon shade and thrive for many years in a rock garden with virtually no care and little soil. It often self-seeds into tiny crevice in rocks.
D. deltoides common name pink maiden This is the wild form of this very easy and popular rockery or container plant carrying masses of deep pink flowers over clumps of green leaves. It positively thrives in a hot spot!
D. deltoides ‘Flashing Light’
A very easy and rewarding form of this popular rockery or container plant carrying masses of deep crimson flowers over clumps of dark green leaves. The hotter it gets the better it thrives!
The next one is on
D. deltoides ‘Artic Fire’ A spectacular first year flowering perennial Dianthus that is quick to flower. Dwarf plants of deep green foliage, are smothered with dainty white serrated flowers complemented by an attractive fiery red eye. These delightful ‘Pinks’ are long flowering, and look stunning as ground cover in borders or added to rockeries. Height: 15-20cm (6-8in).
Culinary note: Use the clove like tasting petals for adding to cakes, either for flavour or decorating, suitable for soups, salads and sauces too. For more details about edible flowers
This one is on
D. ‘Supernova’ is compact, cushion-forming, evergreen perennial with linear, grey-green leaves and stiff, erect stems bearing fragrant, double, dark pink to reddish-pink flowers with paler, fringed petal margins and dark red centres.

I am looking forward to seeing these in flower.

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Oh I share your passion SG for propagation. I take cuttings/split plants and twin scale bulbs as well as growing from seed. My greenhouse and back path are full of plants. As you probably know I sell them to raise funds for our local hospice. This blasted virus has put paid to at least 5 plant sales I was booked in to do. But as everything is perennial they should be ok for next year. in fact bigger so I should be able to ask more for them.

I love dianthus, they are such good doers arnt they?

18 Mar, 2020


That Primula was the start of something! My favourite propagation method is slicing plants with a spade. Its quick and easy, and requires no patience or nurturing whatsoever. My second favourite is chopping the heads off succulents, leaving them to dry on the bench for a few days and then sticking them in new compost. You can see a pattern developing here....visciousness! Lol!

18 Mar, 2020


Love your Aline Dianthus!
I have two projects on the go just now. One, a bit silly really, is "pipings" from some lovely scarlet Tesco carnations. Silly because I expect they are greenhouse carnations and I don't have a geenhouse (too windy). The other is hopefully lots and lots of Hartshorn ferns to cover a very shaded bank which is now bare. Its a long wait as it can be two years before anything is big enough to plant out but what there is up to now (just little moss like clumps) is looking healthy. They get a good coat of looking at every day but that doesn't seem to hurry things along any. I'm waiting impatiently for the first true frond to appear but they only started last October so it will be a while yet.
I don't propagate garden plants much because there isn't really room for them...They have such an amazing life cycle but if you want a fern right now best go to the garden centre...(Sorry I've gone on a bit again...)

18 Mar, 2020


Such an interesting blog - I like taking any cuttings that will do ok in a non-heated greenhouse or cold frame. Also like growing plants from seed, though not always successful! Propagation by division is an easy, simple and effective way of making new plants too.

19 Mar, 2020


I used to grow lots of seeds at Willow Cottage but only have a small greenhouse here which keeps getting damaged by the storms we have had.
I had the Bronze Fennel too and you have just reminded me of it. I will have to see where I can buy one from!
I have not heard of a yellow snowdrop before. That's unusual.
Your alpines are so pretty.
Look after yourself in these trying times we are having now. x

19 Mar, 2020


Easy to see why so many of us enjoy Goy. Lovely to feel so in tune with people you consider friends although you might never meet. Sgb Scottish and I attended a lecture on twin scaling bulbs. I might get around to it eventually. She did try it but she has almost disappeared from the site. Having met you Karen I would never have guessed at your streak of viciousness, Ha Ha. Stera I have rooted cuttings of shop bought carnations but never managed to keep them for more than one season. My sister who lived in Dunbar was very successful and hers always survived far longer. Shirley and Rose I can see from your blogs etc. that you are both old hands at propagating. There are several 'yellow' snowdrops although it is only the marking on the petals and the seed pods which are yellow. I also have Wendy's Gold which has leaves which are wavy at the edges. Galanthus Lady Elphinstone is a very pretty double.
Stay safe everyone and enjoy your gardens.

20 Mar, 2020

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