Growing Bells Of Ireland Flowers From Seeds
Veggie & Flower Garden Seeds Blog
by Rebecca Shelley
1M ago
Bells of Ireland - Moluccella laevis, what a wonderfully unique flower. Also known as Shrek and shell flower, it has a scent a bit like sour apples. These tall green spikes make a wonderful feature piece in a flower bouquet or a standout statement as one big bunch! Germination Tips The seeds can be sown in early Spring, once all risks of frosts have past. Direct sow or raise seedlings in a greenhouse, press the seeds on top of the soil and do not cover seed as light is required for germination. For the best germination, chill seeds for 1-2 weeks at (1.7-4.4°C) before sowing.  Ge ..read more
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How To Grow Billy Buttons, An Australian Native Wildflowers From Seed
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by Rebecca Shelley
1M ago
Billy Buttons Pycnosorus globosus are such an iconic Australian native wildflower, also known as sun balls and drumsticks! Once established these perennial native flowers do not require huge amounts of water. Billy Buttons are very hardy, heat + frost tolerant. They have beautiful silvery green grassy foliage and look amazing en masses. They can grow 60cm tall, florists love their straight very long stems and can be dried, a perfect cut flower. Germination Tips The seeds can be sown in Spring, Summer + Autumn and sown in warmer climates all year round. Raise seedlings in a greenhouse, p ..read more
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How To Grow Viola Flowers From Seed
Veggie & Flower Garden Seeds Blog
by Rebecca Shelley
1M ago
This sweet biennial can be sown late summer, autumn and winter in warmer climates. Grown in containers and as a border plant they flower over a long time. This hardy flower will tolerate light frosts. Sowing + Germination Tips:  Raise as seedlings, sow 6mm deep, darkness is required for germination.  Bottom watering or misting will avoid dislodging the seeds. Germination should take 4-28 days @ 17-21°C. Once the seedling is about 5cm tall they are then ready to be transplanted outside into the garden. Planting Tips: When planting out the seedlings, leave about 20c ..read more
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Lemon Olive Oil Cake with Poached Rhubarb By Michelle Crawford
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by Samuel Shelley
1M ago
This is my go-to cake when friends visit, it’s super quick to rustle up and delicious served as it is like an Italian breakfast cake with coffee or for something fancier, with poached rhubarb (or any fruit really) and extra yoghurt. Ingredients 250g plain flour 250g caster sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 150ml olive oil 150g Greek yoghurt Grated zest of two lemons 3 eggs, beaten Icing sugar for dusting Method Preheat the oven to 180C. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line with a strip of baking paper placed widthways. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar and baking powde ..read more
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The Avant Gardeners Podcast Interview
Veggie & Flower Garden Seeds Blog
by Samuel Shelley
1M ago
Recently, we caught up with Madeleine and Emily from the Avant Gardeners podcast, a podcast by two self-confessed gardening beginners interviewing gardening guns - all done with a drink in hand.  These two are gardening tragics based down in the Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania. Their number #1 podcast is a must listen for any gardener. How did you guys meet? Our friendship really flourished when we were both on maternity leave, with young kids and time on our hands. We’d frequently meet up at a mutual friend’s house (Pip, from The Garden at Moorfield) because she had a ..read more
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Styling Using Flowers & Interview with Michelle Crawford
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by Samuel Shelley
2M ago
Can you introduce yourself? My name's Michelle Crawford. I live in the riverside village of Franklin in the Huon Valley, in an old bank known as the Bowmont (accomodation, studio & event space). I work as a stylist, a writer, cook, whatever. I guess a freelance creative.  What are you cooking for Christmas? I like to keep it simple. A really beautiful ham, raised by some friends who are free-range organic pig farmers. Probably will do it with a whisky marmalade glaze. Plenty of pink eyes, plenty of cherries, and maybe a tomato and burrata salad if there's any ready to go. But it's ..read more
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How To Grow California Poppies From Seed
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by Rebecca Shelley
4M ago
California Poppies (Eschscholzia Californica) are wonderful silky flowers that bloom over a really long period with whimpsical ferny green foliage. These California wildflowers are extremely low maintenance, can tolerate light frost, are drought-tolerant, and can cope with poor soil. They can be sown from spring to early summer.  California Poppies are well known for their medicinal purposes. Its leaves and petals are used to help conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, and nervous tension. We have some new additions to our California poppy collection, including the absolutely st ..read more
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How To Grow Calendula From Seed + Its Benefits
Veggie & Flower Garden Seeds Blog
by Rebecca Shelley
4M ago
Calendula, also known as pot marigold is well known to have many benefits in the garden and medicinal treatments like healing ointments and edible flowers. Calendula is an easy and fast growing annual flower to grow. Bringing in the beneficial pollinations and keeping away the nasty pests such as aphids. Calendula is a great companion plant for tomato, cucumber, beans, eggplants and squash. Calendula is an edible flower and can be used as an anti-inflammatory in ointments and teas. It can be sown in Spring and Autumn and can be sown Winter in warmer climate. You can see when to ..read more
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What Flowers To Grow In Shaded Areas
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by Rebecca Shelley
4M ago
This is a question I get asked at least once a week! So I thought I would make life easy and pop together a list of what you can grow in shady areas. These areas are not full shade, you will need some sunlight coming through for growth. Aquilegia- also known as Columbine thrive in a dappled light.  Borage Nasturtium Viola Hydrangea  Hellebore Forget Me Not Alyssum - a great ground cover that flowers in clusters of tiny purple, white and pink. Ageratum  Evening Primrose Bells of Ireland Purple Bell Vine  Native Ginger Kangaroo Paw- an Australian Native, that prefers full su ..read more
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What is the difference between open pollinated, heirloom and hybrid seeds?
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by Rebecca Shelley
4M ago
Each type of seed has a special place in your garden. Most of our seeds are mostly open pollinated, a few heirloom and a couple of hybrids. So what is the difference between them? Open pollinated seeds a non-hybrid type of seed that can reproduce itself to have similar traits the parent plant from one generation to the next. If you are saving the seeds, as long as pollen is not shared between two varieties of the same species, the seeds should remain true to type year after year. Heirloom seeds have been grown for a long time, often for generations. They are known for staying th ..read more
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