Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Blue Flax Linum, Flowering Almond, Spinach seeds

My friend, Dianne gave me a starter of this Blue Flax Linum today.  What do you think?  If I water it faithfully, do you think it will make it?  It has dainty blue flowers when blooming and lacy foliage.  When hers was blooming it was very pretty!

My flowering almond bush.  I am wondering if I should trim it back when it is done blooming?

I wanted a spinach that wouldn't bolt so fast in the heat.  Empress of Dirt suggested Tyee and Bloomsdale Long-Standing.  I found the two seed packages today.  One is organic and one is not.  Do you buy organic seeds?  Neither said open-pollinated.  Do you save your seeds when it is not open-pollinated?   Do you buy open-pollinated seeds?


Felecia Cofield said...

The blue flax could use some fertilizer, maybe fish emulsion or manure, as Paul from Back to Eden suggests. After that, put down your wood chips, any chips from the tree service will suffice, according to Paul. I buy both organic and regular seeds. I save some seeds but I hope to start saving more. Thanks for stopping by! Blessings from Bama!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi Bama Girl,
I will put fish emulsion on the blue flax tomorrow when I water! Thanks for the suggestion. I really need to seriously check into getting some free wood chips! We have had quite a warm spring so far and I wonder if summer will be hot, hot, hot! I appreciate your help! Nancy

Daphne Gould said...

I buy open pollinated for things that I want to save. I don't always. I buy hybrids for some things. I tend toward the organic. If the organic is available I buy it. If not I don't. It is very much like the OP. I will buy it if there are good OP varieties, but I live in a cool climate. Sometimes to get something to grow it is better to use hybrids.

I have four varieties of onions. Only one is OP the rest are hybrids. The best of the storage onions are hybrids and since I want to store the onions so I can use them all winter and spring I need very long keepers. If there were an OP onion that kept as well I'd grow it. But I'd rather have homegrown onions all year long than stick to just OP seeds.

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Thought I had commented on your comment Daphne but I don't see it. Anyway thanks for your input and it sounds like you have a useful system worked out for yourself. Thanks for your info. Nancy

Gardeningbren said...

Nancy, I do use organic whenever possible and, yes to open pollinated. We have a wonderful seedsman here locally at Annapolis Seeds and you can google his site. Great grower.

Niki Jabbour's book, the Year Round Vegetable Gardener, advises Virofly Spinach so am trying that this year but I have grown tyee and it is very good also.

Thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. Have you blogged on your spaniel? Mine is a vegaholic...is that a word? Same as yours by the sound of it!!! Loves cherry tomatoes!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

Hi GardeningBren, Thanks for visiting me! Coco's picture (our cocker) is somewhere once or twice in our pictures. The one where I was putting grass around the raspberry bushes I think. I will have to look for the Virofly Spinach to try. I have Niki Jabbour's book on request at the library!! Hope it comes in soon. Come again. Nancy

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