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Alina W

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Dog fouling on lawn and in the soil

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 10:05

If you are sure that dogs are the problem, have a look at the sonic cat scarers available in larger garden centres. They usually have a setting that works against dogs as well.


Posted: 18/10/2012 at 18:33

How long have they been in pots? They may be pot bound, and in need of splitting.

I presume that they were kept wet enough?

Are they in the sun? Try moving them into some shade.

You might also like to try feeding them with something like chicken manure pellets next year to give them a boost.

Begonia looks odd !

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 15:17

You may have kept them in too low a light situation, and too warm, before planting out, or you might have done nothing wrong. The thick stem is normal on some of the big-flowered varieties, and the length isn't too extreme. No, don't pinch them out - that will lose  the first, and largest, flower.

Wallflower and Primroses

Posted: 18/10/2012 at 12:35

I'd be tempted to keep them in the greenhouse to get best growth out of them.


Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:21

I agree with blairs on this one.

Your second point about bulbs on top of the soil when you buy them - that's to make them flower quickly.

It's not a good idea as the bulbs may freeze and be killed - plant them below soil level, as near as you can manage to garden depths. Also, don't let the pots freeze solid - put fleece over them or move them to somewhere sheltered if hard frosts are predicted.

Wallflowers and roses

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:17

Never heard of that one, I'm afraid.

Unknown plant

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 17:16

Their only drawback is that they self-seed very energetically.

Should I dig up my Allysum?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 11:31

By the way, other types of plants are biennials, which germinate and grow one year and flower, seed and die the next year.

There are also perennials, which live for several years. Many of these die back to nothing over winter, producing fresh growth in spring (e.g., lupins, delphiniums) whilst others keep a few leaves above ground.

Should I dig up my Allysum?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 11:26

Hardy annuals germinate, flower, seed and die all in the same year. So, your plants won't come back next year. However, if you let them seed you may get new baby plants that survive the winter and start to grow strongly next spring. This works well if you have an informal garden; good plants to try this with are poppies.

If you want to plant things now, though, pull up your alyssum and plant away.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 17/10/2012 at 09:48

Well, after being blown to pieces yesterday we have less wind but lots more rain today, with some of the roundabouts on the bypass flooding - oh, goody, gridlocked traffic.

I think that I shall hibernate...

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German myrtle, Bride's myrtle, m.communis microphylla

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