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Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 07/05/2013 at 11:44

I've asked  Michael Perry ‏@gardening_greek  on twitter, He's T&Ms new plant specialist. Might be interesting if he has any comments on how to overwinter these, and if they really are supposed to be truely hardy. It's been a long cold winter but here in newcastle it#s not been that wet really. infact if anything it's been a bit dry. 

In the same area as i planted the foxglove i've got, astilbe, phlox, wild garlic, normal foxgloves, heuchera, primula, hostas, and rhubarb, all those are fine and made it through the winter no probs, just not the illumination. 

best cherry tomato?

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 23:12

I'm growing 3 types this year, gardeners delight, because everyone said that's the one to go for.. (first time for me), i'm also growing some black cherry, as they sell them in the market in mallorca where my parents spend most of their time and they are loverly. I've also got tigarella, as my nephew wanted me to grow it  

The black cherries are looking great atm, germinated and grew very strongly from the start.

Perennial Foxglove?????

Posted: 06/05/2013 at 22:55

I won one last year (was a big plant not the usual T&M plugs). It performed really well, but like the rest of you it's a no show this year, the rest of the normal foxgloves in the same area are fine. I'd say this is a container plant that needs overwintering, shame they didn't just say that.

What did you do in your garden today?

Posted: 04/05/2013 at 20:43

I weeded, sowed some carrots, pinched out my sweet peas, potted up some chillis and peppers, went to the garden centre, bought a variagated buddleja, some kennedy irish primsoses and some creeping phlox, and planted them out. Watered in well cause it's been dry as anything up in newcastle recently (so much so i'll only seen 2 slugs all year). 

Oh and i burnt my head in the sun.. must remember the cream tommorow!

Greenhouse watering

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 11:12

I just ordered a kit for my greenhouse (6x10), it runs off the mains tap outside.


Just setting it up, seems great so far. Delivery from the site was very quick 3days. So can recommend them on that basis.


I'm going to use the watering all the time, rather than just when away, as i think consistant watering is the key with most greenhouse crops. 

Trying to work out when the best time to water is at the moment, early morning or late at night... not sure need to research some

Identify a weed please

Posted: 03/05/2013 at 10:15

my guess, as that is all you can do is guess with a seedling that size is that it's some kind of tree seedling. Due to the stirdyness of the stem/root/leaves. But yes you need to wait for the second set of leaves before you really have a clue. 

Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 16:10

Yeah outdoor girl i'm going to ditch the verbinas and just put them back in my greenhouse now, if they come they come if not i'll get a plant and hack it up for next year. I just can't spare the space in the propergator any longer lol!

What does Monty think?

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 13:23

Alot of this also has to do with £££. ie those companies who sell algae products for ponds, they lobby like mad, and try and get the cheap (working) alternative banned. 

Alot of EU policies are there simply to allow someone a licence to print money.. Look at all the vetinary products that have EU licences which cost a fortune, and are exactly the same as the human generic which costs pence, but the vet isn't allowed to prescribe those because someone has paid alot of money for an animal licence.

It's all about vested interests, at least like the "no reused jam jars", "no coffee grounds for slugs", "no selling cakes at school fairs" etc we can happily go on just ingnoring these daft rules. 


Seed packet grumbles

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 13:10

For far this year i've sown :

Beetroot, lettuce, parsnips, raddish, leeks, tomatos, peppers, chillies, cucumber, melons

Cornflowers two types, callendular, ammi, nigella, meconopsis, valarian, hardy geraniums, sunflowers, sweet peas, many grasses, foxgloves, malope, achillea, aquilegia, cosmos. 


All of the above with no problems.. but not Verbena, i've tried bonariensis, hastata, rigida, I just can't get that to germinate. I've followed the seed packet info (very little) and trawled the internet. I even tried the cold spell by sowing it in january and leaving it in my unheated green house then bringing it inside.. nothing happened lol. I think i'll just buy 1 plant of each that i want this year and propergate from cuttings, cause they just hate me!

Ceanothus dead

Posted: 29/04/2013 at 14:50

Mine got trashed by the cold easterly winds this winter, was fine right up till then. It still has some green bit, but alot is brown. Think i'll chop the brown and hope it comes from below as it's only young (2 years) so might do. I like them alot, and particularly because they are bee tastic, but i won't be getting another till the garden establishes, leason learned they are not good pilgrim plants, mind you even my pyracantha which are supposed to be hard as nails got a hammering this year.

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