Flowering at BBHQ

We finally have some lovely colour here at BBHQ with several varieties bursting into flower ūüôā

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AUBRIETA Red Cascade 190516

AUBRIETA ‘Red Cascade’

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CALENDULA ‘Fruit Twist’

CALIFORNIAN POPPY 'Golden West' 190516


GERANIUM Wargrave Pink 190516

GERANIUM ‘Wargrave Pink’

NEMESIA Poetry Mix Pink 190516

NEMESIA Poetry Mix Pink

NEMESIA Poetry Mix Purple 190516

NEMESIA Poetry Mix Purple


Everything off eBay

I made the decision yesterday to take all the plants I was selling on eBay off.

I have received some wonderful feedback for the plants I have sold¬†so far and due to the fact that I am struggling to keep up with everything, the heat and sun of late is drying everything out and a lot of the plants are looking ‘tired’, I have decided to remove them to give them some TLC before re-listing.

eBay feedback

I want to be known for selling quality plants and in order to do this, I have to take my time to get things right.  I would be really upset if the standard of my feedback fell from that detailed above so I know I am doing the right thing.

I’m hoping to get some plants back on there (including new varieties) in the next few days so will keep you posted!!

Nursery Update at BBHQ

Things have been rather manic here at BBHQ and I apologise for not updating you sooner.

The warmer (and drier) weather has been playing havoc with some of the plants, yet others are simply thriving!

My hands feel like leather, are full of callouses and I have broken 8 out of 10 nails, but the plants are looking great!

So, what’s occurring? ¬†Well, the¬†ANTIRRHINUM ‘Liberty Classic’¬†and¬†‘Tom Thumb’ varieties are doing extremely well in their 40 cell tray homes.

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I have these advertised locally for £5 per tray as I could not fathom for the life of me how on earth I could post these.

The¬†ASTER ‘Duchess Yellow’ plants that I have been concerned about for months have done me proud. ¬†After transplanting them from 40 cells into 9 cm pots a couple of weeks ago they are doing REALLY well and are looking fabulous (apart from that one on the right ;))

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I’m chuffed to bits with these as at one stage I genuinely thought I was going to lose the lot.

The¬†CLEOME ‘Rose Queen’ I potted up last week (not sure if I mentioned this) have gone off like a rocket and are looking great in their new 9 cm pot homes.

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I had intended to grow these and sell them as plug plants, but when I realised that they can grow to 150 cm tall, I thought it best to give their roots a chance to ‘ground’ in a deeper pot to aid stability as they mature. ¬†These will be going onto eBay in the next couple of weeks.

The¬†BIDENS ‘Golden Eye’ have gone mad in the last week or so. ¬†Having never grown these before, I am chuffed to bits with how they are looking right now.

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These are a great perennial and I will be selling these on eBay once they fill into their pots a bit more.

The¬†ECHINOPS ‘Ruthenicus’¬†are growing a bit slower than I would like, but nevertheless, they are finally coming along now.

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Having never grown these before from seed, it has been a bit of a pleasing experiment.  Once I am happy with their growth, these will be placed on eBay also.

The handful of¬†OSTEOSPERMUM ‘Akila Mix’ I managed to germinate are slowly coming on now.


I will be keeping these to collect seeds from for next year, sorry guys, it’ll be another 12 months before any of these are available for sale.

The¬†CAMPANULA ‘Carpatica Blue’¬†are also finally looking fabulous. ¬†I sowed these from seed last Autumn and by the end of the Winter, I have to confess they weren’t looking like they were going to come to much. ¬†I’m not sure the wet and mild winter we had did them any favours to be honest.

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Once I am happy with their sizing and quality, these lovely perennials will be going onto eBay.

Onto¬†ANCHUSA ‘Blue Angel’ which if I am honest, aren’t looking as great as I would like them to. ¬†Their roots are coming along beautifully, but I think they need an extra couple of cycles of feed to perk them up a bit.

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Once I am happy with them, these stunning perennials will be going on eBay.

The¬†PRIMULA ‘Denticulata Mix’, TRADESCANTIA Mix¬†and¬†SEDUM ‘Spurium’ all finished their first cycle on eBay and have all become ‘too big for their boots’ so I have re-potted them into 1 Litre pots.

These will all be going back on eBay once their roots systems fill out adequately in their new homes.

The¬†DAHLIA’S are finally on the move. ¬†I was getting ¬†little worried to be fair, and thankfully apart from the one I mentioned in a previous post, there has been no further damage from the frost.

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I currently have¬†‘Decorative Mix’, ‘Cactus Mix’ and ‘Dinner Plate mix’ in stock. ¬†Some of these will be going onto eBay.

The¬†CALIFORNIAN POPPY ‘Golden West’ which I transplanted into 9 cm pots a couple of weeks ago are thriving.

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Once they fill out a little more, they will also be going onto eBay.

And finally, NEMESIA ‘Poetry Mix’. ¬†These have been grown outside all winter and are now full hardy.

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They are filling out beautifully and should be on eBay in the next 10 days.

Don’t worry, this isn’t everything….. another update to follow ūüôā

Complete Disaster!!!!

Yesterday, the tunnel got up to 48 degrees.  Now baring in mind, I had watered everything the night before and in the morning, yesterday afternoon I found the following in the tunnel.

MARIGOLD Durango Mix

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Dried to a crisp, genuinely not sure if any of these are salvageable.



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Look completely destroyed, again, don’t think they’re going to survive.


PANSY Giant Fancy Mix

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These are the ones I spent hours pricking out last weekend, gone.


PAPAVER Seriously Scarlet

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These are so destroyed, there is literally no sign of them in the tray any more.


PAPAVER ‘Candyfloss’

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At least with this batch, I can still see evidence of death!


LAVATERA Trimestris

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I am hoping to salvage SOME of these, but I have lost the majority.

To say I am angry and disappointed is an understatement, but I can’t let it get to me (although to be honest, at this point I do feel like giving up on everything).

I had both doors open on the tunnel, but the warm air and sun just got the temperature up to such epic proportions that the plants simply baked as though they were in an oven ūüė¶

More Antirrhinums!

This morning has started with pricking out more¬†ANTIRRHINUM ‘Liberty Classic’.

The tray above has just come on leaps and bounds this week so I knew I had to crack on with the transplanting before the roots became too entangled.

Armed with my fork and freshly sieved compost in 40 cell trays, I managed to get a further 200 seedlings out of this one tray. This takes my total for this one variety of plant to 520!!

I’m chuffed to bits with the germination rate of these seeds as they were ones I had harvested myself from my own garden plants ūüôā

Again, a really healthy selection of seedlings!

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eBay Discounts Cont.

CAMPANULA Medium Double Mix

CAMPANULA ‘Double Blue’ CAMPANULA ‘Double Pink’ CAMPANULA ‘Double White’

As promised I wanted to give my “followers” the best deals when it comes to buying my plants off eBay.

As already mentioned, I have discounted the price of my AUBRIETA plants from £8.99 to £6.99 for my followers as they are basically getting too big for the packaging I need to use.  I now have several other varieties of plants which are also on the verge of becoming too big for their packaging.

I will be reducing all of the following plants on eBay tonight from ¬£8.99 to ¬£7.50. ¬†However, if you are interested in purchasing any, please leave a comment of¬†“WPBB”¬†in the order details and you may have them for¬†¬£6.99. ¬†Request an invoice and I will send you a bill for the revised amount.

AQUILEGIA ‘Black Barlow’


AUBRIETA ‘Red Cascade’

CAMPANULA ‘Double Blue

CAMPANULA ‘Double Pink’

CAMPANULA ‘Double White’


I cannot express how much your support and advice has meant to me since trying to start my fledgling business. ¬†My ‘followers’ will always come first!!

Germination Concerns :(

In my quest to do a full stock take, it has raised more concerns than it has done answered questions. ¬†I appear to have an¬†APPALLING germination rate of some seeds and I am concerned that this is going to have a severely negative impact on my ‘business’ moving forward.

For example, on 13th January, I sowed 149¬†CLEOME ‘Rose Queen’¬†seeds. ¬†Today, simply because I am literally running out of 40 cell seed trays, I decided to decant all of the seedlings into one or two trays of each type (i.e irradiating all of the gaps and minimising the number of seed trays I am currently using). ¬†It turns out that of the 149 seeds sown, I have managed to successfully germinate only 35 seedlings (23.4% germination rate!)

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This just isn’t good enough and although I have followed sowing and growing instructions to the letter, I am obviously ‘cocking up’ somewhere.

Another example is the¬†BIDENS ‘Golden Eye’¬†I transplanted today from their 40 cell tray homes into 9 cm pots. ¬†I originally sowed 80 seeds, but only 22 have successfully germinated (a germination rate of 27.5%) CRAP!

This wouldn’t be a problem if they were annual plants, but these are perennials, which as any grower knows, is you bread and butter when it comes to sales.

And finally, just to prove a point, MARIGOLD Durango Mix. On 1st March sowed 120 seeds, of these only 21 (!!) have germinated.

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I know this must sound trivial to some people, but when you are trying to build a business and a new life, it’s important to get it right.

It is a little disheartening, but as long as you learn from these, things, the next tray of seeds will always be more successful ūüôā

Oh and one more thing. ¬†In EPIC FAIL news, not a single¬†PEPPER grew ūüė¶

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