Nothing Occurring :(

I am still waiting with baited breath and my fingers crossed that something germinates from the following seeds in the next few days. ¬†They are all well within their ‘germination window’ and as yet, nothing is occurring ūüė¶

You’ll notice some familiar Nemesis’ in the list below – GRRR!

DELPHINIUM Blue Bird 110516


DIANTHUS Kiwi 110516


ERIGERON Azure Fairy 110516

ERIGERON Azure Fairy

ERIGERON Profusion 110516

ERIGERON Profusion

PLATYCODON Blue Pygmy 110516


SWEET PEA Soulful 110516





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.

CALIFORNIAN POPPY 'Golden West' 080516

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.

NEMESIA 'Poetry Mix' 080516

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


After my “Complete Disaster” post of yesterday, I wanted to quickly update you on the state of some of the plants.

There was no coming back from any of the POPPIES, but after putting the rest of the plants outside yesterday and watering them 3 times and with the magic of rain from an epic thunderstorm, there is now hope!

HELIANTHUS Autumn Time 080516


LAVATERA Trimestris 080516

LAVATERA Trimestris

MARIGOLD Durango 080516

MARIGOLD Durango Mix

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PANSY Giant Fancy Mix

So pleased I haven’t lost them all!!

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

PANSY Giant Fancy Mix 060516

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’

PAPAVER Candyfloss 060516

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


LAVATERA Trimestris

LAVATERA Trimestris 060516

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¶

Dahlia help please!

I have a¬†‘Decorative’ DAHLIA¬†currently growing in a 2 litre pot, well, actually I have 10 of this variety and this one has, by far, the most growth on it.

I noticed this morning that it was looking a little ‘flat’ and on closer inspection it appears that all of it’s leaves and shoots are filled with fluid. ¬†I have never seen anything like it.

DAHLIA Decorative 290416

I would really appreciate some help in determining what could be the problem as it looks so poorly ūüė¶