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Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!

  • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!

Calling all GreenPlantSwappers! National Gardening Week launches today. We thought we'd celebrate with a little photo call for snaps of the baby plants you've got growing right now on windowsills, in greenhouses or freshly planted out. Do share what you're growing and why.

If it's your first time using Talk Gardening (not surprising as it's only a few weeks old!), we thought this might be nice way to break the ice and say 'hello'!

Here are two of ours: a romanesco broccoli, for the fabulous swirly flower head, and a capsicum chilli from the New Mexico village of Hatch, the self-styled 'Chile Capital of the World'. They don't look much just now, but they sure have promise!

Comments (7)

  1. Grower

    David McCrum

    Hi - I’ve got calabrese, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lettuce, and one miserable cucumber out of the 41 planted!

    They’re all fairly small still but coming up well (apart from the cucumber, which is looking like it would rather go back to bed).

    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  2. Grower

    Helene U Taylor

    Hi Jeremy,
    Thanks for this invitation, of course I’d love to show off my babies, they are my pride and joy and I must admit I am feeling horticulturally broody all year, not just in the spring!

    I don’t have a greenhouse or a conservatory and my dark and dingy Victorian house with radiators under every window is not very suited for growing much green stuff at all, so what I grow has to stay outside all year, nothing gets lifted or dug up, no pampering, no fussing about. What dies dies and what survives gets stronger every year.

    Photo 1: My nursery shelves are groaning by the weight of all the cuttings and seedlings I have at the moment.

    Photo 2: A lot of these plants are going in the flowerbeds eventually, but I also need to do some sale and swapping soon!

    Photo 3: I have even had to take use of the path in my garden this week for all the pots and seedlings, as the shelves are all full.

    Photo 4: One of the many babies waiting to get to toddler stage so they can get a space in the garden are these Lilium regale, grown from seeds harvested in 2012. They will take another 2 years to flower and 4 years to become fully grown. I have around 100 Lilium regale in my garden, all grown from 3 bulbs I got as a present in 2004.

    Photo 5: The baby lettuce is ready to harvest, this cut-and-come-again lettuce tastes at its best when eaten at this size.

    Photo 6: I have 20 named varieties of Fuchsia in my garden and last November I took cuttings of some of them. They spent the winter outside even though they are all considered tender or borderline tender, but I have not had any frost this winter.

    Photo 7: The result is that all of the fuchsia babies, despite having been outdoors all winter, have retained their leaves from last year and many of them are already in flower – in April! Now that’s a bit….mad, isn’t it?!

    Take care,
    Helene

    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  3. Grower

    Ali Blackburn

    Here's some plant babies from home and school, more on the way......the tiny ones are kale, and the school has grown 3 different varieties of tomatoes. Sunflowers are just up too.

    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  4. Grower

    Karen Hillman

    Here are some Adenium Obesum (Deaert Rose) and some Plumeria (frangipania or Temple Tree) that I am growing for my conservatory and for swap or sale.

    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  5. Grower

    Karen Reina

    Look at my seedlings!! They are stocks and antirrhinum or snap dragons which I love as they remind me of when I was little! I am looking forward to a colourful garden this year!!

    • Show us your babies ... for National Gardening Week!
  6. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    These are all great. Wow Karen H!, the Plumeria flower looks like a Catherine Wheel. I'd love to buy one of those when you have them ready. Challenge is where to grow it, keeping it above 13C. Frangipani get rather big!

  7. Grower

    Karen Hillman

    Hi Jeremy, thank you, I am sure I am going to have a few for sale or swap. There are are six different varieties. But as they are grown form seed you never know 100% what the flower will look like. With careful pruning and root pruning you can grow a manageable sized plant....... That smells amazing! No need for air/room sprays when you have one of these, but you do need a nice warm conservatory/ Orangery.


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