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A Question of Anchusa...

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:29

No it isn´t green alkanet, rather Anchusa azurea. 

The Echium vulgare is the "Blue Bedder" one (see pic).


When and how to feed

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:25

Use fertilizer rich in nitrogen and potassium (like 12-4-18) for the cuttings. Check

the N-P-K in the granules to see if they fit. Tomato food is usually rich in potassium,

so I guess they would fit the cuttings as well.

Marigold and gazania will appreciate the tomato food as well.

The problem with chicken pellets is that they demand a long time to mature in the soil. If placed too close to the plants (specially seedlings), they will kill them, so I wouldn´t advise them in plugs or pots.

circular formal raised bed what centre piece

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:20

Wants to go reaaaaaaly formal?  A cypress! With some care (and I´ve seen it),

you can alternate buxus with some flowering shrubs like potentilla, geum, azaleas...

Or low annuals (to highlight the buxus): aubrieta, snow-in-summer, basket of gold...

A Question of Anchusa...

Posted: 27/04/2013 at 19:13

I have sown Anchusa (alkanet) seeds along with Echium vulgare ones (fool me!),

and this seedling is a bit different from Echium. Is it an Anchusa? Thank you!


Flowers in My Garden

Posted: 21/04/2013 at 03:11

Some months ago I posted a few pictures from my garden last year.

Now that my camera has gone the way of all cogwheels, I´d like to take the

opportunity to show some of my pics in 2011, rather for the sake of colour!

Please don´t mind me gatecrashing, thanks...











Ideas for Hanging Baskets

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:29

James, your house is so neat, it hardly looks real. Well done.

Clematis integrifolia - a hard nut?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 23:35

The plant looks lovely and worthy of some patience (something not much the

way I am!)

Clematis integrifolia - a hard nut?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 21:54

Thanks, Bob. Can you post any photos? I have no idea what the seedlings should

look like...

Clematis integrifolia - a hard nut?

Posted: 19/02/2013 at 21:18

Hi, I´ve bought some Clematis integrifolia seeds from T&M, and it´s been a

month since I first put them in compost in the fridge (for three weeks), and a week

since it´s in a warmer place. It has simply not budged! Should I soak the seeds

in warm water, nip some of the coat or what? Thanks for any suggestions.


Posted: 15/02/2013 at 18:10

Has it overgrown? I never prune my potted azaleas, they grow too slowly.

If you want to give it a trim, wait until it blooms (it will be soon), but be sparing.

There is a nice link here:




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