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Michauxia tchihatchewii/ catherine wheel

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 17:07

I grew it once, but failed to collect seeds. It is a biennial or very short lived perennial and hardy( supposedly) to about -12c. Long long time ago though so not up to date info.

Clematis Paniculata

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 16:51

True C. paniculata is a New Zealand plant which flowers in Spring and is in Group 1 for pruning. Half hardy and slow to establish.

The C. paniculata sold by these outlets is more likely to be  C. terniflora which comes from the Far East and flowers in Autumn and is a Group 3  pruner.

Hope that clarifies it for you.

Plant id

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:03

Proper name is Phytolacca american and those berries are poisonous.

Talkback: Alpine plants - make an alpine trough

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 12:33

You do not need coir fibre, you can use peat or non-peat compost, just as effectivwe and cheaper.

http://www.growsonyou.com/Owdboggy/blog/19519-a-hypertufa-trough

kates grown Primula bulleyana from in the green seeds

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 18:06

Have to find Hewitt's Double in the garden somewhere and try it. The species definitely self seed in my garden, especially T aquilegifolium.

kates grown Primula bulleyana from in the green seeds

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 15:53

Which Thalictrum? I spend my life removing sedlings of T. of various kinds.

Heres a challenge then, Hepatica. They need growing from green seeds too.

 

hydrangea pruning

Posted: 25/09/2012 at 10:29

This advice applies to Hydrangea macrophylla, the big mop headed and Lace cap Hydrangeas which are fairly common. However, if, like us. you grow the H. paniculata and arborescens types (H. g. Annabelle for example) then these may be cut as hard as you like in February.

The difference is where the flowers are formed, on this type they flower on new wood, so pruning back actually improves the flowering.

Cyclamen

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 21:35

Cyclamen coum which flowers in January is as tough as C. hederifolium which flowers from August  up to October.

Not sure I understand the "depends on which side of the tuber they were from"   All Cyclamen are grown from seed, it is very difficult to divide the corms (Can be done but not easy) Even the smal tender ones are grown from seed. If Cc. coum and hederifolium like your garden then they will self seed very happily with the seeds being spread by ants.

Allotment finds

Posted: 24/09/2012 at 12:51

Hope you find less stuff than we have unearthed here. We reckon to have taken about 30 tons of rubbish to the local recycling yard over the last 18 years from a 1 acre plot of land.

In one area I was clearing I found an old puchchair (sans enfant) upright, buried in unrotted domestic refuse.  We went down over a metre and never found the original soil level. That was in an area of about 20 feet by 16.

Elsewhere I found a  pit about a yard square, full of broken glass. I dug down the side of it and the deeper I went  the older the glass got. Again I never reached the bottom.

Every time a mole digs down in the Damson wood at the bottom of the garden, it pushes up crockery, glass, bits of metal.

However I think the worst stuff we have found is batteries. Hundreds of them, from the old lead accumulator types to modern torch batteries. They turn up almost every where.  We had to put the Veg areas in the place where there was the least number of them, not where we would have liked to put them.

Can I start a holly hedge with bareroot plants?

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:11

Well, the Hedge down the lane from us contains Holly, bare root planted 2 years ago, and believe me very little care was taken about planting. Dig a slit, shove the Holly in. close the slit and on to the next one. They all seem to have taken and are growing.

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