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Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: Yesterday at 17:33

Thanks. Cannot abide the man so I will not be watching it, but am grateful.

Monty Don and Potting compost

Posted: Yesterday at 15:40

Someone has asked me about the potting compost used by Monty. It is supposed to contain some microbe which helps roots grow. Now, I never watch Gardener's World so I cannot help. Does anyone know what this is?

Plant identification

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 12:38

The dreaded Carex pendula. A terrible seed weed. We have never allowed it to flower in 20 years and still it appears every season..

What do I do with this monster?!

Posted: 24/10/2016 at 09:05

It was cut back to bare stems at a height where we could tie them in to the fence. So say four to five feet of bare stem left.

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 20:21

Bodnant Gardens today. We have photographed this clump of Acers more times than I care to remember, but they are as good this year as we can remember.

What do I do with this monster?!

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 20:18

Generally speaking Lonicera will come back strongly after a severe trimming. Ours did in any case and 12 months on is nearly as big again.

Please can you identify this plant?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 18:03

There are about 1200 named cultivars of Semperivums. But only about 40 species (many of them are now reckoned to be synonyms, so probably a lot fewer). The differences between some of  them are so slight that even experts cannot reliably name them.

Sempervivum is the GENUS by the way.

Star-shaped weed identification

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 17:54

Really does look like Pearlwort, Sagina procumbens.

Weedkiller has no effect, neither does the Flame gun.

Last edited: 23 October 2016 17:56:06

Please can you identify this plant?

Posted: 23/10/2016 at 14:42

It does indeed.

Snakes head fitillaries

Posted: 22/10/2016 at 20:46

They definitely need a cold ripening period to initiate germination. Sow in deep pots and leave exposed to the weather. Protect from rodents and other pot diggers (We have trouble with birds going through seed pots) When they germinate (and only fresh seed will) do not prick out, rather feed them with half strength liquid feed a couple of times. Keep them growing as long as you can, but when they start to die down stop watering and feeding and left them rest. Again in a protected outside spot. They take about 3 years to reach flowering size. Do not let the bulbs dry out, that is death to them.

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