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Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:22

Thanks punkdoc.

The foliage is impressive by itself but would be nice to get some flowers and seed. From looking on google tree dahlis has flowered in London and the SE and in Cumbria, though rarely.

Greenhouse Condensation

Posted: 29/11/2013 at 09:19

Humidity levels have been average high 90%+, average low 80% during November. God for summer plants but not good for greenhouses in winter. If you heat the GH that would make the temp inside the GH warmer and reduce condensation.

Tree dahlia - dahlia imperilis

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 19:55

Hello!

I am growing tree dahlia (dahlia imperialis). They got up to 1 metre/3ft this year and have some thick rhizomes. I heard that they are hardy enough to leave in the ground (I have some raised beds that have great drainage). Anyone else tried leaving them out? Also year 2 - are they liable to flower supposing no frost till Dec?

Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 18:06

Sounds like a good position for them over winter Woodgreen wonderboy

Overwintering Gazanias

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 16:09

I have had gazanias outside for a few years now and they always grow back. I have mine in raised beds near a wall, so that affords better drainage, so I would not store them in a wet frost pocket.

Who lives in a microclimate?

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:59

There is a huge woodland near my house and a public park yet I rarely get birds apart from Wood Pigeons, Gulls and Magpies in my garden. The odd Robin and Lapwing and during the darks of winter Partridge and that is all that I have seen in 3 years. My old flat had a huge garden and we used to get flocks of Sparrows and the like...I do get Toads and Frogs in summer but that is it wildlife wise.

Buying a Greenhouse new / used

Posted: 28/11/2013 at 10:25

Instead of going for a GH with high eaves, if the ground allows then dig down to give you the extra height. Should also help keep the GH regulate temperatures.

Cleaning plastic plant labels

Posted: 27/11/2013 at 12:48

Pencil is better to use. I find permanent pen is not that permanent in a damp pot or in the sun.

Freesias

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 20:11

I do like the light perfume of freesia. I have little luck in getting them to flower after their first year. I know that you are supposed to lift the bulbs, but I never do. The leaves come up but I rarely get any flowers.

Buried treasure

Posted: 26/11/2013 at 14:52

I just remembered getting 'Roman' coins from museum shops as a kid and burying those in my back garden (too much TimeTeam). They must still be there. I wonder if someone will find them and think that they uncovered real Roman coins.

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