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Philadelphus coronarius variegatus

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 01:20

Have found both the variegated and yellow forms much weaker growers and both prone to scorch in full sun.

If you want the scent but not the height and something a little different in the Philadelphia world I would go for Manteau D'hermine. which has beautiful double flowers or if that's perhaps a little too small then Belle Etoile with her splash of purple in the throat is another of my faves.

What are good quality tools for beginners

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 01:00

Hi Norton 

I garden for a living so put my garden tools through hell most of the time.

The tool I couldn't be without and I always spend the most on is secateurs. I can make do with rubbish hand forks and trowels. I can work with bent tines on my garden fork. I can dig gently with a cheap spade but I cannot prune with a crappy pair of secateurs! 

Up until now I too would have said Felco but this year I was bought a pair, as a gift and they are now my favourites.

They are fairly small which makes them so easy for us ladiees to use but so tough. Their shape is really comfortable too. I have had them since around July/August time and as yet have not had to tighten anything which I always seemed to be doing with my Felco's. Only drawback...the colour...why green?! I have lost them so many times already.

if you do decide to buy secateurs then this is the best stocking filler to give her yet not needed for secateurs but always using it... 

Bought mine at my local carparts shop for just £1.50 



Overwintering pelargoniums-how often to water?

Posted: 07/12/2014 at 00:11

I have a large pelargonium that I am overwintering too. Never got round to taking cuttings so its leggy,  woody and on a lean too!

I have it stood on a low table in front of a window a couple of feet away from the glass so it doesn't get chilly. I took off all damaged, furled, curled, blotched leaves and in the process made about 6 caterpillars homeless lol. So now I am left with an ugly, woody but very healthy looking plant. I can see if a leaf yellows or wilts and can act accordingly. I let the compost dry out completely between watering.If the leaves start to wilt I water until it starts to appear in the saucer. That's enough to keep it going through the winter. You are far more likely to kill it by watering too much than not enough. 

Hope that helps. Am itching to take cuttings but know if I do most will fail at this time of year. Must be better organised next year!

Salvia UFO

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 23:52

Bit like me  


Salvia UFO

Posted: 06/12/2014 at 13:21

Yes! Sorry very very very very late reply 

Salvia UFO

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 09:46

Thankyou thought they might be yours.

So me looking for UFO was pointless then lol. I have spread the to speak and they are now growing in most of my gardens so will happily return seed when I get some.

I do lurk here quite often just don't post much as don't have time to follow conversation. I am ridiculously busy...not complaining! 

I think the Polemonium I have grown came from you too? Took longer but looking good now x



Salvia UFO

Posted: 09/08/2014 at 00:39

Hi all

Last year someone sent me these seeds and I now have 30+ seedlings. Cannot find any info online about them. Is it because whoever sent them meant unidentified flowering object lol.

Please any info on hardiness, colour etc would be great!

Bringing back the Annual!

Posted: 21/12/2013 at 20:33

Nemophila a fave of mine along with Cerinthe and lets not forget the humble sweet pea. Really dislike anything "pompom" or double marigolds 

Mysterious happenings

Posted: 14/12/2013 at 13:01

The berries are poisonous to most but foxes and squirrels eat them. Could either of those be the culprit? 


Posted: 12/12/2013 at 16:20

Right caught up on everything I've missed over the last couple of months. Glad you are on the mend James now off to read your blog 

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