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in The potting shed
I've got mine in the kitchen in one of my plastic Gh's, there's only myself and the cat and dog but they don't complain at least they have germinated this year but it seems every one has ! so the more the merrier to prick out and pot on ho hum.
Now is the time I trim off the dead top growth on any perrenials etc., which I always leave on plants as protection against frost.
I also check "dead" pots for new growth. I found two today which I was going to throw away, but there are new leaves appearing so the plants have not died.
I'm going to have to be very careful this year as I'm growing from seed some Hellebores, the first few weeks I need to keep them at about 15c - 20c then after that around 4c so they can go in the GH outside but it does say on the instructions that it can take upto a year before they germinate, so I need to remember not to chuck them out as they have't germinated
Monday morning's trek into the garden has revealed some wins and some losses.
Sorting through my borders, I was very happy to discover that one of my clumps of alliums has expanded from seven last year to twelve new shoots this year, all looking very substantial in fatness. Yet to see if all of the shoots will flower but I am delighted and shall be planting more this coming autumn.
Also, I counted the breaking buds on my Eremurus to discover twenty on each plant, that forty potential flower spikes! Since last year was twenty-one and the year before was seven, I guess these might need splitting in the summer months of dormancy?
So, to the losses so far this year...
I dug up three clumps of Heleniums from my purple garden, in order to move them since erm, they are not purple. They have always suffered in that spot anyways and I wanted to give them a bed with better soil and more light, but what I pulled out the ground was rotten mess with only the tiniest plants attached to the outer edge, so these have been potted up and I now gain one gap in the full sun border looking for a new plant
I'm also gravely disappointed with my Bottle Brush shrub which I thought was dead last year after the snows flattened it. So I dug it up to take it back to the GC that had labeled it hardy, when I realised it was not dead. It went straight in a pot and I nursed it through the summer month until it had a lovely crown of leaves and looked vibrant once more.
To save the same this year, I left it in the pot so I could move it into my cool room through the winter without success. Once again, all new growth has died, despite light and water and I am at a loss as to how I might treat this beautiful but troublesome plant that survives neither cruelty nor kindness!
Hello Wintersong. Here they label Bottle Brush shrubs as being tender in the winter.
Yes, Busy-Lizzie, I was already aware of the tenderness of this shrub and researched this particular variety Callistemon leavis on the net post-purchase, trusting in B&Q's Verve label standards that did not state the need for any special protection in the colder months!
Bottle brushes are excellent garden plants, which flower in early spring and will be covered with the bright red blossoms. The flowers can be spectacular and are irresistible to nectar feeding birds and insects. They can tolerate damp conditions and will tolerate drought and limited maintenance. They grow well in a wide variety of soils. Plants growth in full sun produce the best flowers.
Aftercare Water regularly during the growing season. Top dress in spring with soil improver and bonemeal.
That's exactly why I was about to return the plant last year with great dissatisfaction in the company until I realised that it was still alive. I Feel strongly about labels not stating the truth, but felt less able to complain if my plant was not actually dead.
Normally, I know my tenders from my hardys and ummed and arhed before I made the purchase based on my humble knowledge, but I remember my parents owned one that survive many years in their previous garden, so I naively thought, you know what, maybe they have hardy versions now and I can trust the label!
Shame on Verve @ B&Q!
Well I spent a whole day up a lilac tree cutting out the dreaded tree ivy the other day, most of the time I just wanted to throw myself out of the tree but I got there in the end.
Excellent job Dave.
Wow, fantastic job!
Good job Dave,
Amazing the difference
that really does make a differenceDave
Ever thought about getting a job as a tree trimmer Dave, sorry can't think of the proper name at the minute
Tree surgeon Rain.
BTW why Hellebores inside? They are totally hardy. I'd just tuck the pots next to a wall outside & leave them be. They do take for ever to germinate, but best from fresh seed. So if your dont want to show this time perhaps try again with some seed from this yrs flowers? I've got a few pots of 'babies' from my Ashwood plants. Wonder what they'll be like? J.