Category Archives: Growing Flowers from seed

Sowing Sweet Peas

When it comes to sweet peas it really is all about the scent after all the only way we get to smell them is to grow them as they have no essential oil so the scent can not be extracted and use in perfume.

Over the years I’ve grow numerous varieties and my favorites would be

Albutt Blue        Elegant and unusual pale-lavender-blue flowers on a white background, very strong scent Raised by Harvey Albutt
Jilly                         The perfect creamy white Sweet Pea with good scent Large frilly cream flowers raised by  F.C. Harris
Painted   Lady   Bi-coloured pink and white blooms. Very old fashioned glorious scent  but shorter stems
Just Jenny          A dark blue nice perfume  but not as strong as some  raised by Eagle Sweet Peas
Charlies Angel     An outstanding pale blue  sweet pea with good scent raised by Charlie Hamner.
The other option is to sow a collection of scented sweet peas
the older fashioned ones tend to have better scent

How to “pot on” Hollyhocks, Biennials or Perennials

Potting on seedlings is one of the basics of growing,In this film I pot on the Hollyhocks we sowed a couple of weeks ago.There are some tips on what compost works best with these stunning flowers

The french call them  Rose Trémière and they were first grown after being collected in southwestern China during, or possibly before, the 15th century


This film shows and is a great technique for most Biennial or Perennial  vegetables or flowers

How to sow Hollyhocks



How to sow Hollyhocks

Hollyhocks are one of the quintessential cottage garden plants but the can also add drama and colour to more modern and even “Exotic” plantings.

The  techniques used for Hollyhocks work perfectly with most biennial or perennial vegetables or flowers

Hollyhocks can add height to most plantings and can be planted under,and Bees love then for there simple flowers.

You can save your own seed and they will once established self seed ,the ones I am sowing I collect while filming on the ILe de Re of the coast of France

They are easy to grow and if you follow these simple tips will give you great results



After about 3 or 4 weeks you will need to transplant your seedlings and How to “Pot On” shows you the best way

Hollyhocks-2015-5This shows the wonderful rich colours Hollyhocks have and why the French call then   Rose Trémière

They were first grown after being collected in southwestern China during, or possibly before, the 15th century so have a long history of cultivation


Sowing and growing Biennial flowers

Biennials differ from annuals – which flower and set seed all in one growing season – in that they grow fast from seed and develop strong roots and foliage in one season, before flowering in the next.

For most, this means that they germinate and grow without flowering in summer and autumn, remaining dormant over winter, then

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