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Flower power

Flowers delight the eye and should be grown alongside vegetables as companion plants and cut flowers for the home. Share your love of them here!

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Latest Activity: Dec 29, 2016

An introduction

Hello and welcome to Flower power which I started as I love flowers.  

On my allotment I find space to grow lots of them including californian poppies, cosmos, love in a mist, nasturtiums, poached egg plants, pot marigolds, sunflowers and sweet peas.

All these are important for bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects which is another good reason why flowers should be grown alongside vegetables on the allotment or in the garden. 

Happy gardening...Flighty!

Discussion Forum

Flowering For Wildlife

Started by Andrew Goodall. Last reply by Andrew Goodall Jan 10, 2014. 8 Replies

Hi everyoneI  would say that at least 95% of the flowers in our garden are their for the benefit of wildlife. Lots of single blooms, ideal for bees, hoverflies, butterflies etc. Also berries and…Continue

Herbaceous Perennials in the snow

Started by Melinda Que_Linda. Last reply by 0gqzffoiaqun4 Jan 21, 2013. 3 Replies

Hey everyone,Its nice to be back in the country in time for snow! Things have changed around here- new logo and background, no Gillian!Anyway, my garden reacted to the warm weather over Christmas and…Continue

Dahlias for the cutting garden

Started by elaine rickett. Last reply by Melinda Que_Linda Jun 27, 2011. 8 Replies

Has anyone put their dahlias out yet - mine are still in the greenhouse and are over a foot tall now.  I haven't hardened them off yet as the winds have been too strong and I am afraid that even in a…Continue

Tell us about your Roses!

Started by Melinda Que_Linda. Last reply by Melinda Que_Linda May 23, 2011. 5 Replies

]BLACKSPOTI almost certainly jinxing myself but I wanted to say that I seem to have arrested the spread of blackspot on my roses so far this year.About a month back when I noticed my first marks on…Continue

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Comment Wall

Comment by Zoë on August 17, 2010 at 12:49
I certainly found growing French Marigolds with all my aubergines, toms, and peppers worked a treat. The Hoverflies went bonkers for them, and as a result, I haven't seen a single aphid on my vegetables, or my roses all summer! Result! Worked well at the allotment too on all the various beans, no blackfly, just masses of hoverflies and ladybirds.
Comment by Damo on August 17, 2010 at 21:18
My greenhouse is stuffed full of french marigolds around the tomatoes, cucumber, peppers and aubergines. Not a pest in sight, the power of companion planting!
Comment by Carrie Gault on August 28, 2010 at 18:01
yipppeee, i love flowers :) must post lots of pics
Comment by Carrie Gault on September 4, 2010 at 10:59

Comment by Carrie Gault on September 4, 2010 at 11:00
:) Happy insects at our plot...
Comment by Damo on September 5, 2010 at 19:42
Great photo Carrie, lovely colours.
Comment by Damo on September 26, 2010 at 8:26

Dahlias have made excellent cut flowers this year. After the sweet pea debacle it's a relief to find I'm not allergic to them!
Comment by Damo on September 27, 2010 at 19:38
Thanks Flighty, Hayley Jane, one of my favourites from this year.
Comment by Damo on November 7, 2010 at 18:27
Wow Flighty that's a lot of sunflowers! It's nice to think about next year, there's not much colour left now. My last Gladioli flower finished so I've lifted the lot and they are drying out in the garage. Bit sad really, still the promise of bigger and better things next year will keep us going through the winter!
Comment by Jan Willetts on December 1, 2010 at 23:06
I'm missing my trips down the plot to pick fruit veg and flowers, so spent the morning stripping the heads off dried lavender stems to make pot pourri-the smell reminds me of summer(and a little bit of my granny!). I've poked a few stems into a jar of sugar so I can make some lavender shortbread in the new year too.

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