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Bellis prematurely blooming?


 
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:08 pm    Post subject: Bellis prematurely blooming? Reply with quote

Hi,

First off I'm a novice gardener and this is my 1st posting on this site....

In May this year I planted Bellis seeds in pots and let them germinate and grow on outdoors in a semi-shade position. Recently I have noticed they are starting to bloom, which is a surprise considering they are expected to first bloom next spring. So is this normal for such a perennial and will I still get blooms in spring '08?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 10, 2007 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you sure it is Bellis perennis, the biennial daisy, growing one year and flowering the next. The seeds may actually be the annual daisy, Bellis annua

Bellis = pretty (Latin);
annua = annual, lives for one year, flowers in one year.

What are the flowers like?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 13, 2007 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, the pack of seeds says perennis and the instruction on the back say to plant seed in May/June for flowering the following spring. Maybe they put in the annual seeds into the perennial packs.

Here are some pics taken at the weekend:
http://img408.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0818pg7.jpg
http://img249.imageshack.us/my.php?image=img0819zh1.jpg



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