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trailing begonias

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:40

I successfully overwintered begonias from 2013 last year (2013-14) by allowing all the soil on them to dry out and then knocking it off carefully and keeping them in boxes and trays on thick newspaper, but not covered up (To avoid mould).

Around Feb /March 2014 I covered them in trays of slightly damp general purpose compost and left them for a few weeks just keeping the compost slightly moist. Eventually new shoots appeared (Around April). That's when I potted them into troughs, pots and hanging baskets.

I did the drying out process again this year by putting them on a rack to air dry.  The reviving stage has been less successful because I think I accidentally used a mixture of new compost and spent compost. Nothing happened. I thought I'd lost them but on uncovering them all discovered that most of them are just about showing new growth at last. I've recovered them with new compost and abject apologies for mistreating them and am now hoping I've done enough to bring them back. In the meantime they staying in the greenhouse until I'm sure there's no more risk of frost.


cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:18

Sorry - I posted before I realised we'd changed the subject...

cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:16

I'd not thought of the drying out aspect, just thought of the sort of pots I'd seen in certain 'quality' gardens - but I suppose they had gear deniers to keep on top of the watering.

But isn't  there also some benefit to the soil being able to 'breathe' through the terracotta?

Also, if a terracotta pot gets a bit dry you can rehydrate it from the sides as well as from the top or bottom by dunking it or standing it in deep water - not that I ever let my pots dry out of course! 

cheap terracotta pots found today at morrisons

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 22:56

So did I - last weekend - they looked very good value.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:49

Raked level the border I finished clearing yesterday.

A different view from yesterday photo of earlier in the year...

Now I've got to remove the pyracantha and all its roots  - a job for next week. (On holiday til then).

Then the fun part - redesigning and planting up. 


Plant Identification please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 23:33

Yes, mine do look like iris-foetidissima, the "stinking" iris your link shows.

After someone earlier suggested Montbretia I googled them and saw something with red berries that looked a bit like my mystery iris-like plant. 

I then dug up several more plants which had both the leaves and roots in my two photos but this time attached to each other. 

whilst the leaves and the root do clearly belong together I guess my mistake is In wrongly attributing both to the wrong name.

i just don't know enough about plants to recognise wrong information.  Thanks for everyone's help. 

However, I did also dig up today these clusters of corms. Are those Montbretia?



Plant Identification please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 21:28

Discovered that this (see earlier post)...


 is a Monthretia root after all. I dug another two huge ones up today - the 'mother roots' were like great chunky logs! 

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:40

Finished clearing a neglected border.

This is how it looked in early Feb...

 .... Too dark to take photo now it's clear, forgot it after work today - might take one tomorrow.

I'm showing the picture as, Charlie November, you might be interested in the pyracantha on the back wall for your wall. I will say, though, that as much as it has lovely red berries later in the year, I find it difficult to maintain nowadays - and it needs great care when cutting back due to its really fiercesome thorns (up to 5cm long!) if you don't mind that it's a good contender for wall cover.



Turning weeds into the perfect lawn

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 22:27

Matthew: Just reinforcing the advice above:

If it's a systemic weedkiller it works by being sprayed onto the leaves of the living plant which then, during the natural process of photosynthesis,* takes the poison down into its roots (ie through its whole system) thus killing the plant literally root and branch. 

I am presently clearing a whole border of all planting and weeding as I go; so my ground will be very similar to yours Matthew by the time I've finished.

I know from past experience that missed weed roots will try to regenerate in any bare earth I leave, so I'm covering it all with black porous membrane until I'm ready to plant. Any weeds that actually survive that will be sprayed with systemic weedkiller and then, hopefully, dense planting after that will keep the majority of future weeds at bay - or to a minimum.

* Incidentally, don't cover weeds after spraying them with systemic weedkiller because photosynthesis can't take place if the leaves can't get the sun.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 21/03/2015 at 19:10

Pigeons? Rabbits? Both?

Connection with starting off indoors?  

Could be the wildlife notices food when it suddenly appears (planted out 'fully prepared to eat') whereas when it is growing slowly from seed outside it possibly takes them longer to notice it.

Imagine: How long would it take you to notice a delicious Sunday dinner slowly growing on your front path over 2-3 weeks compared to if someone plonked it down fully cooked on Sunday morning? Just a thought.

(Actually,I don't really know )

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