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Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« on: June 01, 2009, 08:40:19 »
Hi

I've noticed everyone elses Honesty on our site, a real bee attracter  :D and would like some for my plot. Is it best from seed or could I take a cutting?

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Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« on: June 01, 2009, 08:40:19 »

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2009, 08:53:42 »
I was given one once a few years ago and now spend most of the spring weeding out all of the self-seeded plants... It seems to me that it grows very easily from seed!

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2009, 09:05:39 »
Aaahhhhhh  ::)

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2009, 09:23:10 »
it comes as two species -Lunaria annua, which is biennial, with the dark flowers, and Lunaria rediviva, which is a perennial, with lighter purple tinged flowers

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2009, 09:39:47 »
 just been googling again and come up with this photo looks great http://www.mooseyscountrygarden.com/flowering-annuals/honesty-plant.html

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2009, 10:10:50 »
it comes as two species -Lunaria annua, which is biennial, with the dark flowers, and Lunaria rediviva, which is a perennial, with lighter purple tinged flowers

Thanks rhubarb thrasher its the Lunaria redivia that I've seen around the site, and as I said the bees seem to love it, almost more bees than visible flowers the other day

Dialeg - the link was interesting, so many out there !

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2009, 16:28:03 »
Our Honesty stopped flowering some weeks ago, main interest for bees now
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www.british-wild-flowers.co.uk/.../Phacelia.htm


There is a very pretty varigated honesty, gives a bit more interest, between seedling and flowers.  Also try Sweet Rocket, flowers a little later. Flowers similar to honesty, also a bit of a weed.  Nice smell in the evening.


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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2009, 16:32:06 »
Sorry link does not work try this one
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phacelia

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2009, 16:36:28 »
Thanks Digeroo,  the phacelia and sweet rocket are lovely, I'm in the process of organising a couple of small permanent flower beds up on the plot, so these will get added to the list.
I was going to put the link in again for anyone else interested so thanks!

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Re: Honesty - cuttings or seed?
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2009, 10:49:53 »
I put in white dead nettles as, though it is just finishing flowering, it starts flowering really early, and is one of the few food sources for bumble bees.