Monday, July 17, 2006

From a spring sowing

bachelor buttons
I got these flowers on my bachelor buttons (Centaurea montana) from a late January sowing this past year. Grew them in the cold sunroom and they were good stocky plants for a mid-May planting. They've just flowered and done as well as any other plant in this garden.

The only thing I have to make sure I do now is deadhead the darn things or they'll start taking over the garden next year. Great flowers, great colours but a bit of a weed. And I have enough existing weedy Campanula persificolia that I don't need to add to the problem myself.

That Campanula is on my hit-list this week.


At 12:02 AM, Anonymous Nancy G. said...

I have Bachelors Buttons come up every year in a little side garden, and love them. I sowed them once, and they keep coming back. I dead head to keep them blooming. Nancy

At 2:06 AM, Blogger Jen said...

To you Doug, keep deadheading, trust me on this one, otherwise you will have a duplicate Campanula persicifolia story on your hands. They are too beautiful to completely rid of, so what I suggest is during the first bloom, be sure to deadhead and then after the blooms are done, cut the plant back and you will get a second bloom from them shortly after.


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