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brunnera Betty Bowring

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:32

I have this and clay loam soil. It takes a few years to settle in and grow well. I found amending the soil with bark and compost helps a lot to decompact the soil and allow Brunnera to thrive.

 

It is not variegated Fairygirl, the only difference is the flower is white rather than the usual blue. The variegated form of Brunnera (jack frost) is just as hardy as the  bog standard one.

squash and pumpkins and tree dahlia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:11

I just answered your tree dahlia question in the other, erm, question.

Tree Dahlia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 15:10

You cut off all the stalks when the leaves get frosted. Water pours out of them, so watch out.

You lift the rhyzome (which tends to be large) and store dry over winter. You can heavily mulch them but the new growth takes longer to get large outside of a green house.

banana has produced seed pod what now

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:42

They tend to pup after flowering. You can try growing from seed but as the are readily available as plants I cant think of anyone having done so. The flowers can last 2 years depending on frost or lack of!

heuchara problem

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 18:17

Vone weevil...both the adults and grubs love Huechera. You can treat them with vine weevil killer.

Marking out a design

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:36

All of the above!

Wrapping up my gunnera!

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 21:35

They are hardy as long as you protect the crown. As mentioned just cut off the large leaves and cover the crown with it and remove in spring. East peasy!

North facing Porch

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 16:00

There are loads of plants that would do fine in such a place overwinter. Do you have any half-hardy garden plants that you could overwinter there? That owuld be my first thought.

Greenhouse Heaters

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:39

My paraffin heater has never given me problems. Thermostatically controlled electric fan heaters are best. The thermostat means that it  only comes on when it reaches a certain temperature. That means it is cheaper to run than anything else. A paraffin heater you need to put on and off when cold. My Greenhouse is too far from the house to make it economical to add electricity to.

Unidentified little tree??

Posted: 15/09/2014 at 21:28

Yes, some sort of Acer palmatum

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