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Begonia puzzle!

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 18:00

Orchid Lady

Interesting you should ask this as I have been potting up 2 varieties myself that I overwintered as corms from last years plants.

I asked a plant experienced friend what she thought and she said she thought those with the lighter coloured leaves would probably give the paler shades of colour. Still an element of doubt .

Mine were colour matched variously in pots, troughs and hanging baskets last year and I was wasting a lot of potting up time agonising  about mismatching them this year. Then I thought  let's just see how they turn out without worrying about colour - I decided the uncertainty is worth it for the surprise combinations I may not have thought of.

What I did do however was sort them by size so anything small wouldn't get swamped by the larger plants - still unscientific I know but I can learn from the results for next year. That all said, these photos might help if you happen to have the same variety of begonias as me.

Tumbling Apricot Shades

Tumbling Apricot Shades

Scents of Summer with one rogueTumbling Apricot Shades

Scents of Summer

Tumbling Apricot Shades

We could compare results later in the year and if we get it 'wrong' I bet I get it 'wronger 'than you! 


This forum

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 12:39

Oh, what a glorious day: the sun, the breeze,
The blackbird on the wires, the shady trees,
Green grass, blue sky and technicolor flowers:
This is why we work those precious hours.

All the lawns well strimmed and cut last night,
Washing out to dry (but out of sight)
Enjoy the cake, the coffee and the book;
Take time to give your work a good long look.

Live in this moment, take those minutes rest:
It's days like these we'll all remember best.



White bubbles on my lavender

Posted: 01/06/2014 at 11:41

I noticed also loads of CS on my lavender yesterday and am glad to hear it does no harm - which answers the question I was going to ask. Nice to know GW members' knowledge is now operating telepathically!

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 10:09

BB2, sorry I forgot to say how beautiful your garden is. not just the structure and colours of your planting but also the overall landscaping: the low stone wall is a particularly effective and attractive feature. Nice to sit on the edge on a summer's evening I should imagine.

Cotty: great collection of tulips! Looks like Giuseppe Verdi in the foreground(?)

I think I recognise Queen of the Night towards the back, but what are the lighter mauve/lilac ones next to them, please?

BizzieB: the yellow tupils are Monte Carlo and, yes, the dark ones are Queen of the Night. Thankyou, by the way, for the 10" depth advice: I will follow that next time. 

Photographing the tulips

Posted: 23/04/2014 at 23:23

Busy Bee2 said about tulips:

"and it will become clear that there is no colour co-ordination going on, they just pop up like lollipops, and I buy what I fancy. "

Thats more or less what happened here BB2 - bought about 7 varieties on offer and put them in (6" deep at least) grouped in colour batches in November. Had no idea how their colours would harmonise. Pleased to say the effect was a totally exhilarating surprise:


I too found last year I was struggling to know what what was growing from previous years so I went round the whole garden methodically photographing everything in bloom. I've found my iPad automatically records the date of each weekly batch of photos, which is useful to help predict what might come up,again next year, and when.





Posted: 24/03/2014 at 20:55

As a rider to the question could I ask is it actually essential to lift tulip bulbs and store them for the next year?

Last year a few tulips came up that I never planted - from a previous year's planting presumably.

I planted more tulips for the first time last year and they all seem to be doing well, some types are even in flower now (GiusseppI Verdi) .

Could they not all stay in the ground? 

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 09/03/2014 at 22:42

Norfolk: The day started (around 7am) with a temperature of about 10° in the shade. Very promising. And it got so much better!

The last few sunny days have been so good for morale - I've cut lawns, washed and dried 100+ of last years pots that have been soaking for months (yuk!) in a huge flexy bucket. They are so clean now you could eat out of them  (I won't but you could!)

Today has certainly been the best day of the year so far - beautifully warm and sunny. Loads of plants coming through now and with colour at last to lift the spirits I got such a lot done: cutting back, pruning, tidying and sweeping - I feel so virtuous  don't know myself! 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 22:31

Yes, blairs, I've a pair of pointy scissors that certainly worked better than secateurs last year. The foliage has amazing tensile strength even when wet and semi rotten (could be worth the design experts researching for some new application) but strangely hasn't enough bulk for secateurs to be effective; luckily it is very easily cut through with sharp scissors.

Thank you Duncan for your reassurance on the fern remaining healthy on its own. You're right, of course;  my only concern is that it stands in front of my window overlooking the back garden where It is already beginning to block the view. That said, it is a beautiful plant and certainly looks happy at the moment - what more can a gardener wish for? 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 18:11

Thank you blairs 

Fern flourished through mild winter.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:02

Thanks Forester and Fg 

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