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Single hollyhocks

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 12:33

That is a very kind offer; problem is I don't like bright pinks and reds unless it is an apricot shade. The colour I'm after is that elusive creamy/greeney/dusky/dirty pink. if you have anything like that, I would be v. grateful.

In reference to the pom-pom ones, I had a yellow one and found it looked so artificial that I dug it up and binned it.

Single hollyhocks

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 09:55

Many thanks; will certainly try T&M.

Single hollyhocks

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 18:27

I adore single hollyhocks; not the doubles that look like pom-poms. I especially like the creamy/greenish dusky old pink ones. At, possibly Hampton Court Flower Show last year,I asked a vendor of Hollyhocks for this colour and he explained that hollyhocks are very difficult to sell by colour, they get pollinated across the colours as far as I understand. BUT I heard that one can take cuttings that will 'come true'. Does anyone know about this, with instructions please.

Rhubarb in pots.

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 18:04

Have been trying to grow rhubarb for years with no luck, also friend in next village has same probs; this year; hurrah! a plant has finally taken. In the past have planted it in really good soil in the veg bed in 50/50 sun/shade, this time; heavy - ish clay 70% shade: it's happy. I remember from my childhood we always seemed to grow rhubarb in the rather poor shady soil next to the garden shed and it always did brilliantly. I would like you to tell us over the seasons about your experience of growing it in a container.


August in your garden...

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 17:44

Here in the Fens everything seems to be about a month late. Only just finished Broad Beans, normally can compost plants at end of June. Runner and French beans look frankly pathetic. A few tomatoes are ready but none of the plants look very happy. Ther will be 3 pears this year (50 kilos + last year) and the same for quinces, but there will be Damsons and have just picked the last of the Gooseberrys (2 x green ones and 1 x red) and black currents all huge and v. sweet. Flowers have been vast; Delphiniums towering over me and Verbena Bonariensis. Roses are producing blooms, which then get hammered by the rain and turn into papier mache. Pelagoniums also don't like heavy rain. Strangest gardening year ever for me.

Invasive Plant/weed

Posted: 05/08/2012 at 17:30

Valerian; just dig it up each time it re-appears. Once I realised how invasive it is (and I don't like pink; there is a white version I have seen in one or two gardens in Cambridgeshire) I decided to eliminate it and it only took about three seasons. I still get the odd one popping up; it seems to like growing in gravel or very poor soil, but I just pull it out as one would with any unwanted plant. I believe the Romans used it to aid sleep.

Completely clueless newbie!

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 17:33

Be nosy; see what your neighbours have. If you are lucky, they might even give you little clumps of what works really well in their gardens. But do work out if this rock garden gets A.  a lot of sun

                 B. a little

                 C. none

All of this will influence what will work in this area. Good Luck


Talkback: What's new on

Posted: 06/07/2012 at 16:59

I don't know where you live, but here in East Anglia even Plant Nurseries have lost Bay trees over the last 2 winters. So perhaps your question could be not 'where do I get a Bay tree?' but 'how do I keep it alive?' I have lost 2 standard Bays that I had had for 10 years and then lost 2 small bays after one year, a friend lost 2 five year old Bays last winter. I am putting my new Bay, which is tiny, in the greenhouse for the winter. As to getting a Bay, any reputable local Nursery shoud have one. One of my neighbours thought that their fairly big Bay tree had died this spring but 4 weeks ago they realised it had revived. Good luck with this.

Talkback: What's new on

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 17:10

Eucalyptus can grow very fast, I had one in a previous garden and thought that I would keep it small; I swear I blinked and it was 20' tall.

Self-seeded tomatoes

Posted: 07/05/2012 at 12:32

I've had success with self-seeded toms before; but have been warned by more knowledgeable gardeners that some varieties don't come 'true'. If you have the space, I would have a go with them.

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