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Rock Plants

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 21:10

What kind of Saxifrage?

The early flowering porophyllum types need the dead flowers removing from the rosettes, very carefully so you do not pull out the rosettes themselves. The silver Saxifrage types (flowering now with sprays of white or red spotted, occasionally pale yellow flowers) can have the old sprays removed, but the rosette which produced them will die. When it is dry you may carefully take it off, but again be gentle so as not to uproot the new baby rosettes. All other types have the old flowering stems cut back to the point of origin.

Weeds from surrounding field ruining garden

Posted: 16/06/2015 at 15:41

I rather prefer the strip of uncultivated land along side our property. It provides a barrier to the sprays which they use on the land, killing everything from aphids to something beginning with 'Z'.  So we get weeds, we get them from the roadside verges as well, every time a vehicle goes past they spread the seeds. We live with it.

Mind I could do without the ground elder which comes off the road side verge.

Can't post pics.

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 16:44

You should then Click on Select.  That brings up your Computer files and you can Browse through them until you find the image you want.

Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 15:54

Hope it grows for you.

Nectaroscordum siculum

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 14:15

Got dozens of these thugs, but this is the first time I have seen one of this colour.


Clematis Browning

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 14:10

Wilt is a common worry, but the instances of it are far rarer than the questions about it..

As much as anything, if the plant is getting enough water (and they need a LOT of it until established) then it is probably just suffering from being unpotted and planted out.

Better to mulch with something organic to provide shade than to use tiles.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 13/06/2015 at 17:45

Like it, keep posting, we are always pleased to see into other folks gardens.

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 16:17

This is what you get if you allow Dianthus  to self seed.












Allium Seeds

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 12:30

This is what you get when you allow them to self seed.

 I have grown dozens of varieties of Alliums from seed over the last cough cough years. It is reasonably easy, but the bigger the bulb the longer the wait for flowers. So here goes
Sow the seed fresh. It germinates better straight from the plant rather than being dried off.
Cover lightly with grit, gravel or whatever rather than compost.
Sow in a deep pot rather than a seed tray (reasons later).
Leave exposed to weather. They need a period of cold followed by warmth to initiate germination.
When (if?) they germinate do not be in a hurry to p rick them out. This is the reason for deep pot rather than seed tray. They have only one root to begin with and if it is damage, it dies and a new one has to be produced from the base of the seedling. usually they die.
Feed the seed pot with dilute Baby Bio type stuff, until the leaves go yellow then allow the pot to dry off.
Repotting may be done when they are dormant. Some types never really go dormant so be careful.
I often do not repot until they have had another seasons growth. Remember many of them actually grow in late winter/early spring.
Cannot think of anything else for the moment.
Not as hard as it seems. Oh and since they are almost always self pollinated you get what you sow, no variations. UNLESS you have been given some Allium flavum hybrids in which case.................

Allium Seeds

Posted: 12/06/2015 at 09:01

Ours have been in situ for well over 10 years and they are the same size as when first planted. They have increased in number. Our soil is good and fertile though.

Seems a shame not to try them from seed. Sow a few every year and before long you will have bulbs ready for flowering coming along in succession. Cheaper than buying them.

Most of the tall Alliums are forms rather than hybrids so they do come true.

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