Alina W

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My sunflower carked it

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 21:09

I think the problem was just the wind, too - in fact, I had a five foot one break a few years ago in the wind, even though it was in a sheltered spot and supported. They can be rescued if you're lucky - there needs to be at least a quarter of the stem still connected, and you need to be very quick - but there were almost more sticks than sunflower by the time I'd finished.

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Harvesting scabiosa, iris and lupin seeds

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 14:34

Lupins self-seed enthusiastically in my (rather cold) garden, so I think they like being sown fresh. Leave the spikes to mature completely on the plants and collect as them as they are about to fall.

If you collect seeds of other plants to store, then I find that paper envelopes kept in a plastic bag in the salad drawer of the fridge work well.

Indoor potted lilies

Posted: 13/07/2016 at 00:34

Also, many lilies are a metre or more tall - cats can't reach them anyway.

Nuisance Birds...

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 23:00

I think a cat is in order in that case.... 

 Which will hunt every bird in your garden....


What's wrong with my Pieris?

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 20:51

Once it starts growing well you can also prune it to clothe the bottom part. Take out the longest and straggliest branch to within a few inches of the ground every year; if the plant is happy, it will replace it with fresh shoots low down.

You could start your feeding by using some sequestered iron plant tonic (e.g., Doff), as the sand you have planted it in will be alkaline.

Confused primrose

Posted: 09/07/2016 at 16:29

Primulas and primroses will flower twice a year if they have enough water. I have some in tubs which are watered over summer, and it's a regular event.

Over loaded rose

Posted: 02/07/2016 at 18:40

Young roses sometimes have thin stems that take a year or two to stiffen up. Other roses are meant to be more informal in appearance, and the branches are supposed to bend a little. Do you have any idea how yours should be?

There's no need to remove buds unless you think the branch is going to break or be damaged; if you do have to, take the whole bunch of buds off back to a leaf junction. If you remove just a few buds from a group, you'll channel the energy into the remaining ones and probably make the flowers even larger.

Rather than cutting off buds, have you considered constructing a temporary frame around your rose to stop it splaying out and offer some support?

A final point is that if you have planted te rose in a mixture of a fibrous compost and well-rotted manure, you might want to think about changing that next spring - roses are better inb a heavier compost such as a mixture of John Innes 2 or 3 and a fibrous compost if you intend keeping them in a tub for long.


Posted: 30/06/2016 at 20:47

Yep, I find the gravel drive fantastic for cowslips :D

With the primulas, do remember that F1 hybrids won't come true from seed, and may not even produce viable seed. With them, you'll need to split the plants when they've produced offshoots to get more.

Parvinia hydranger pest

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 23:40

Here you go:

When buying any spray, make sure that it actually contains the chemical you need - formulations can change from year to year.

Plants for hanging basket in shade

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 20:34

You can use ivy-leaf geraniums. They won't flower as well as in sunshine, but they do flower. If possible, rotate them into a sunny spot for a couple of weeks to give them a boost.

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