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Adam Pasco

Latest posts by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas traditions

Posted: 24/12/2012 at 23:30
Thanks Oldchippy, and a very Happy Christmas to you and all Gardeners' World readers. Look forward to talking to you all in the New Year! And remember to sow your onions!

Talkback: December gardening jobs

Posted: 10/12/2012 at 23:55
It just takes a cold snap to really appreciate the value of feeding garden birds. I've managed to position my feeder so I can watch it from the comfort of a chair, and the birds have been flooding in. I even had a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker on it today, but it didn't stay long enough for me to be able to take a photo!

Talkback: Dealing with a waterlogged garden

Posted: 09/12/2012 at 19:55
Thanks Birdwatch2, but the problem is having somewhere to drain the water to. Unfortunately my garden is very level, so no slope to take the water down to a lower level. No, I think the problem is too much rain, and a water table that has reached the soil surface!

Hippeastrum (amaryllis)

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 18:32

As with so many things in gardening, there is more than one way of doing things, so more than one answer!

I remember visiting bulb expert Rupert Bowlby once and being reminded that Hippeastrum are actually an evergreen bulbous plant, so can be kept in leaf all year round. With this in mind it's best to keep them growing strongly through summer. Grow in good light, and keep watering and feeding.

Bulbs then need a cool period to help iniate new flowers inside the bulb.

I've just checked teh web link given by Norm2 above:

and teh advice here looks pretty good.

Tree Lily

Posted: 26/10/2012 at 22:04

These lilies are quite hardy, but compost in pots can get quite waterlogged and cause bulbs to rot. I prefer moving the pot to a sheltered position, such as an unheated greenhouse or frame. The compost can be allowed to dry out completely.

Water again in about March to start the bulb back into growth, and it will develop and flower again next summer. Provided you feed teh pot I wouldn't bother repotting into fresh compost next year, but you can if you prefer (repot in March, then water).

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 10:39

I've been impressed by the performance of Garvinea hardy gerbera (grown from plugs), with plants carrying a continuous supply of daisy-like flowers all summer, and still continuing.

A star performer this summer has been one grown from seed – Begonia 'Apricot Shades' from Thompson & Morgan. It has to be sown early (in warmth), and takes a while to get large and established, but the flower display has been stunning.

There are still plenty of flowers on it now, but with an Arctic blast forecast for this weekend I'm wondering for how much longer. Well, providing colour until the end of November is surely good value from a packet of seeds costing £3.79.


New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 12:47

Wow! Thanks Liliylouise. Lovely pictures!

Other ideas from everyone welcome, and although pictures are nice please don't think you have to send them. Just the names of the flowers and reasons why you like them would be fine.

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 12:12

I must try 'Prairie Sun', Gracie. How great having something you've grown from seed still flowering well into October.

The compact Buzz varieties of buddleia are bought as plants (not seed), and these compact plants are perfect for small gardens, or even patio pots. You'll find 'Buzz' varieties in Red, Sky Blue, Magenta and Ivory, and I think I recall hearing that new colours are coming along in future, too. 

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 10:06

Thanks Gary, and great to see your pictures too. I'd love to hear from everyone about the varieties they've grown, especially new flowers from seed. 

I'm a great fan of Cosmos, and have always enjoyed 'Seashells'. I've had the pleasure of growing a new colour in this series this year called Cosmos 'Seashells Red'. Each petal develops as a complete trumpet, forming a ring of these round teh central golden eye. It's new into the seed catalogues to sow and grow in 2013, and I'd thoroughly recommend it.

What's everyone else been growing?

New flowers to recommend

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 23:08

New flower varieties are introduced every year, and we feature many exciting ones in Gardeners' World Magazine. I've been trialling some new ones ahead of their launch for 2013, including a striking free-branching dwarf sunflower called 'Solar Flash'. It's easy to grow, and great in a patio pot. But what about those you've grown this year?

Have you grown any new varieties from seed this year? How did they perform? Would you grow them again?

Whether your favourites were sweet peas, hardy annuals in pots or something to attract bees, let me know which flower seeds you'd recommend to other gardeners.




Discussions started by Adam Pasco

Talkback: Christmas chilli

I've just found a recipe for Brussels sprouts with chilli, garlic and lemon. Has anyone tried it? 
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Last Post: 06/02/2014 at 17:10

New flowers to recommend

Can you recommend a new variety of flowering plant to others? 
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Last Post: 25/10/2012 at 10:39

Talkback: Glow-worms

Now that's one creature I've never had the pleasure of discovering. How exciting. I've stood for many an hour in the past looking upwards i... 
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Last Post: 21/08/2012 at 21:50

Talkback: Feeding garden birds

Good advice, Kate. And it's not just bird feeders that must be kept clean, but bird baths too. Possibly it's even more important to keep bir... 
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Last Post: 09/02/2012 at 20:15
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