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Favourite Flower 2017 – Didiscus

The growing season is at an end and after long consideration I have chosen my favourite flower from the new seeds that I have never grown before. I have gone for Didiscus for its beautiful form and colour. It is still in flower now at the end of October. This plant is aptly named as it is indeed disc shaped and both flower and foliage are lacy. The seeds I bought are mixed colours but the only one to perform for me was the beautiful blue. This years flowers are still blooming and although I scattered a few seeds in the pot I think the chickens have already taken them. I have brought the pot indoors and sown a few more seeds. After a long chicken less interval I have introduced five chickens into the garden and so must now learn to think differently about seedlings. I had sown a pot of Cerinthe too and they should be showing through but as there is no sign of life I can assume that the chickens ate those tasty new seedlings too. I look forward to many years of enjoying this self seeding gem.

 

Didiscus Lacy – Trachymene

I can’t wait to see these flowers in bloom this year. They are an annual plant that self seeds so hopefully will stay in the garden for years. I have sown twenty seeds in a seven inch pot of good compost, enclosed the pot in a polythene bag to retain moisture and I shall keep it in the warm until germination. This could be up to three weeks. Didiscus is a member of the parsley family and is related to Dill and Fennel. 29th April – I have lost these seedlings to frost so have sowed another pot today.

Sow Lace Flower seeds, Didiscus, indoors six weeks before last expected frost. Sow the seeds into moist compost and cover very lightly. Keep the compost moist until germination. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into pots and gradually acclimatize to outdoor conditions for two weeks. Plant outdoors after all risk of frost has passed. This annual variety of Didiscus will grow to a height of 90cm. The plants produce flower heads that range in colour from Rose White, Pink through to Lavender. This variety makes an ideal plant for cut flowers that appear in July / August. Another good buy from Seekay at 99p for 100 seeds.