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Plant of the centenary

Posted: 27/05/2013 at 22:05

At least all the nominations have stood the test of time and proved themselves to be good at what they do. Not convinced some of the more recent choices will still be around in many years time.. well not my perrenial foxglove at least which went into the compost bin today well the dead remains of it anyway.

viola

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:53

The seeds are available from a few sites T&M etc.

Chilli and Pepper plants.

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 10:39

I'm growing the pepper "tasty grill", chilli "numex twilight" and chilli "pinochios nose" mine about the same size as yours at the moment. I'm currently moving into the greenhouse during the day, and back into the house at night. It's just too cold for them at the moment. 

Chillis are one of those plants that take forever to get going, then once they do they produce fruit readily, just wish we could get the temp up a bit.. 10  during the day and 3 at night just doesn't cut it!

do you do a "Chelsea chop ? if so what plants !

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 14:45

While we're on this subject is it just me or are perrenial plant supports insanely expensive? I wanted about a dozen to dot around the garden for things like phlox etc... down the garden centre they were 5 quid each for a bit of plastic! That's more expensive than the plants, just seems a bit crazy to me..

Does anyone have any tips of other things you can use/recycle to do the job? If i'm going to spend 60 quid down the garden centre i'd rather do it on plants!

North Facing Front Garden

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:15

Brunnera, might add some nice colour, especially a variagated form like "jack frost". The leaves are nice and bright, and the pretty little forget me not style flowers are nice.

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 13:04

Still no sign of my illumination pink from last year. If it's not showing any sign of life by the end of may it's coming out, and some more normal foxgloves are going in it's place. 

Might have been the bad wet winter, but it's clearly not reliably hardy in standard foxglove possitions.

Makes you wonder how much testing is done for the chelsea "plant of the year" award.

Radish - French breakfast

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 11:48

raddish are one of those plants you can sow very thinly as they germinate very easily. 

You can keep sowing most of the summer successionally, so you'll always have new ones sprouting. The best way is just sow them every 3 inches, 1 seed or 2 max, as they will all germinate, otherwise like you have seen all your packet will germinate at once, need thinning out, loosing 2/3 of them and waste them.

July to first frost

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:36

Oh and for late purple/pink flowers don't forget sedums. The bees will be greatful to you

July to first frost

Posted: 22/05/2013 at 10:31

There are some very pretty new catmint varieties, i just got a one called blue dragon, which has very large flowers, and another called purple haze which has buddleja like flowers. Although i've just put these in, if they are anything like standard catmint, they should spread and flower all year. 

I got them here http://www.cowellsgc.co.uk/p/32-nepeta it's my local nursery which also does online, although i suspect you'll be able to pick them up locally.

Greenhouse Advice

Posted: 20/05/2013 at 21:12

I got my first greenhouse (also from greenhouse people) in january. I wanted a wooden frames, and went for a swallow 8x10, i'm thrilled to bits with it.

Things to consider, is it windy where you are? It's windy here which is why i went for toughened glass, rather than normal horticultural glass, or polycarbonate, as the latter is supposed to blow out alot in high winds. 

I layed a base of standard 2x2 council pathing slabs, on dry sand/cement mix (as recommended by swallow). The swallow guys then came and delivered and errected the greenhouse, and bolted it down to the slabs. They did a great job, cannot praise them enough. 

The auto opening vents are great and i would say a must have, to make things easier. I went for staging down one side, and higher level staging too, which are great for seed trays/plug trays. To give you an idea i don't plan on heating the greenhouse, just using it to overwinter stuff, that i would otherwise put into cold frames, and sowing hardy annuals etc. Then in the summer, tomatos, peppers, chillis, and the like, not tonnes just a half a dozen toms etc. Which will be more than enough for me and my better half. 

It's been great fun so far, i've sowed a load of annual flower type plants and brought them on and now planted them out, and also had a go at alot of the "cooler" new vegetables eg cucamelons.. we'll see how they go

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Geranium pratense 'Purple Haze'

Got seedlings but their not purple... 
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ID on Weed/Plant

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Growing melons in a greenhouse

How? 
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Sowing Ornamental Grasses

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