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19/10/2013 at 19:33

Thank you Panda.

Can anyone tell me if I can keep Gerbera for next year and if so what is the best way to do it please

19/10/2013 at 19:37

Is the hardy sort of gerbera?  I can keep mime outdoors ... 3 years now.....but if in doubt pot it up and keep in the GH.  Remove dead flower stems and clean off debris amd water it.  

19/10/2013 at 19:40

Thank you Verdun. I've got some hardy ones but also got some plugs of ordinary ones. I'll get them into my mini greenhouse and keep my fingers crossed.

19/10/2013 at 19:51

 Gaillardia 'Arizona Sun'

Has not stopped flowering since I planted it in July. One of the best plants I have purchased this year

29/10/2013 at 12:33

I think my star at the moment must be my grapes.  They are so,


so very sweet this year.

29/10/2013 at 19:11

What a great harvest - are they outside?  Ours have never produced more than tiddlers...and mildewed tiddlers at that

30/10/2013 at 13:43

The black one is on the front wall of the bungalow, facing north and the green - pink dessert one is on the wall between me and the first neighbour next door (i have five on that side), facing west.  I get tons and eat loads straight off the vine.  The front garden ones are a great favourite with the wrens.  I like to use the leaves in casseroles, made into rice and mincemeat parcels and cooked in a rich sauce.  I also cook the grapes in lamb stews like the French and make grape juice,  Used to make wine when the family were here.  Four hours of lovely work done in my garden this morning has given me quite an appetite.

30/10/2013 at 17:40

Hi Marion, I'm waiting for a perennial poppy to open, new this year it was a gift. Half open looks white & pink ?  It was covered by the leaves from something and sadly forgotten .  I've had to stake it in all the recent wind and I check it each day, I want seeds from it. Fingers crossed that it opens and then I'll post pic.

31/10/2013 at 14:56


31/10/2013 at 15:06

Don't know if it will be a star but my tree peony has two buds on it. October??


31/10/2013 at 15:13

That'll be lovely if this mild weather holds KEF. I've never had a 2nd flowering from a tree paeony

31/10/2013 at 16:10

Kef - is that middle picture of miscanthus zebra grass?

31/10/2013 at 16:16

Yes Forester2.

Hope it does open Nut.

31/10/2013 at 16:23

Kef - I nearly bought one today at Ross on Wye market but hesitated.  After seeing yours I wish I had bought it.  I hesitated as I wondered if it is a bit of a thug.  Could you let me know how you get on with it.  Thanks.

31/10/2013 at 16:55

Forester2  It's been in that spot about 9 years, it's the first time it's flowered. It has spread this last year, maybe because I 've grow veg behind it and soil was enriched. Underneath it is the remains of an old path, that's why the Phormium and Cordyline are ok, near to it, it free drains.

 I cut it back to about a foot/ 18' each March / April. Next year I will didvide it, doubt the transplant will do as well where it's going, but I'll give it a try.

Hope that helps.

31/10/2013 at 17:15

Thanks KEF that does help.  I'll go to Ross market next Thursday and see if they have another one as I think it looks very attractive.

31/10/2013 at 17:51

We had a frost this morning -2°, but dahlia "Pooh" is still in full flower!

31/10/2013 at 18:30

The start in my garden today is my brand new composter that arrived this morning before I got up! Can't wait to start feeding my new chum!

31/10/2013 at 19:31

KEF - love that poppy - worth the wait !!

31/10/2013 at 19:44

Sure is Chicky, I'm now sitting outside with an umbrella over it