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Your favourite Sweet Peas

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:54

I like the "ripple" series from T&M - "blue ripple" is an extremely good grower, and "fragrant ripples" is a lovely blend of colours and very nicely scented.

For whom do we garden .............

Posted: 20/04/2013 at 11:49

To keep the wildlife happy, of course

Can daffodils drown?

Posted: 17/04/2013 at 10:10

Yes, I agree with nutcutlet. Some of mine have definitely drowned in the wet (good excuse to buy more!), but any survivors will be left to recover.

If your soil is normally very wet, you might want to consider raising your daffodils in a pot, if you can manage the watering.

What happens when you leave your boyfriend unattended!!

Posted: 29/03/2013 at 00:56

I think you should think up some more garden jobs for him - he's obviously keen!

Pot bound house plant

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 00:46

The African violet will sulk if the roots are disturbed too much. Take some leaf cuttings as insurance - a healthy leaf plus its stem. These can be planted in a pot and covered with a plastic bag, or put in a glass of water until they produce roots and baby leaves.

A staghorn fern in a hanging basket.

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 22:29

Do you mean a solid plastic one? I would have thought so - there's nothing magic about a wire one. Just make sure it's a decent size.

Feeding Bulbs That Have Gone Over

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 20:01

You should plant them out immediately they've finished flowering. I know there's talk of cold shock and the frost harming them, but believe me, I've been doing this for years and all the bulbs have thrived - and my windowsills haven't been cluttered up with sad, dying, bulbs. Feed with a high potash fertilizer outside.

How To Care For A Baby Cactus!

Posted: 10/02/2013 at 13:07

My cacti are over 20 years old and have always been watered with tap water - I don't think that was your problem, Brian.

Baby cactus - make sure it's in very free-draining soil (water should run through almost instantly) in as light a position as you have. At the moment, make sure it's not too cold - 15C or so will be fine. With regard to watering, give it about a tablespoon of water every few days on top of the compost near it - try not to get the base of the cactus wet unless it's warm enough to dry quickly.

They are actually quite easy to care for in summer, but you've picked a more difficult time to get it started. Good luck!

what to do with paper whites now

Posted: 08/02/2013 at 22:26

Paperwhites aren't really hardy, in spite of Becca's experience. The other problem is that they need a lot of sun - I did keep mine for a second year once, but only got two or three miserable flowers out of them - a complete waste of time. And I hate the smell!

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 18/01/2013 at 20:09

Snowing heavily in N. Yorks.

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