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Beloved Lavender bushes dying

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 07:46

Some years ago I was asked to help with the garden design for a hotel in the Carribean; after talking to experts I learnt that plants like Pelagoniums would not do well in that climate as they need a 'down' season, which they get in their native South Africa and the South of France, but not in Barbados where the winter temperatures are too high. The only roses that seem to survive there are some special ones from Thailand I believe. You may need to do some research on the exact conditions that lavender enjoy and change the type of lavender to suit

Runner Beans

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 07:40

A friend cannot get a replacement plastic cover for a little greenhouse, so I suggested that she use the frame to grow her beans up, with guy ropes to stabilise it.

Please help me identify this really invasive plant!! And how the spread

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 07:35

Can you post it directly to here?

seedling help?

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 07:33

Lisa, welcome to the forum, I sure that a lot of us are sorry for the negative comments you recieved, it doesn't usually happen

I have just re-planted French and runner beans, in a seed tray on the kitchen window sill; I'm not trusting them to the Greenhouse or the Conservatory! It has been a weird spring so that even experienced gardeners have been caught out. If you look at the back of the seed packets they usually give quite a long period for sowing seeds; I planted some Fennel a month ago and I can plant more in June I believe. The exotic ones like peppers and aubergines as far as I can work out need to be planted in a heated situation as early as February and then kept in a greenhouse for the duration unless it is a really hot summer; have only had my G/H for a year so am still learning.

Good luck with it all


Posted: 15/05/2013 at 07:21

Blackest, lovely baby

Blustery but curiously warm in the Fens, just dashed out in dressing gown to turn off paraffin heater in G/H. Have re-planted dwarf French and runner beans in the hope that something might germinate, but am keeping them on kitchen window sill so I can give them encouraging talks.

Where we are. the Big Map.

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 07:13

Thank you so much to whoever put Moat Road Nursery on for me; they are such nice people.

Where do you grow your Allium's?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 20:15


Posted: 14/05/2013 at 20:12

Fairygirl, I was so sorry to read your story about your father and BT. I love taking on big corporations who behave badly; a friend who I share a bottle with every week always asks me who I'm after at the moment. I used to get so angry, but now I treat it (for my health's sake) as a chess game.

Bt have changed there delivery system yesterday for BT Vision (a television thingy that enables you to record and see iplayer stuff on your TV not the computer) so I lost all my recordings, which I expected, but my TV would not go on. Spent an hour on the phone to Mumbai last night (free) and the instruction booklet for the new system arrived TODAY in the post; how could they get it that wrong?

My current 'bete noire' is Scottish Power who are unable to get my address right. I have pointed out to them that writing down an address correctly is far easier than delivering electricity to thousands of homes, and asked them; should I be worried?

Where do you grow your Allium's?

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 17:17

Shrinking V. some of my alliums have gone forth and multiplied too, I would welcome advice for splitting the clump up.

outdoor tomato planting

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 10:49

Comforting info Italophile, thank you

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