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nerine bowdenii

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 17:49

Same question was asked last week:

http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/talkback/planting-nerines/258978.html

Spanish Dagger

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 12:39

You may not get seed if the flowers blew off and did not set and if it is just a stalk left then that is the case. Cut close to the bottom of the stalk. It falls off naturally but that can take some time. Spanish dagger can pup and that is a better way to get new plants though the seeds germinate quickly.

Crocks for ....

Posted: 05/03/2014 at 09:35

I normally put a large stone over pot holes then grit then compost. That helps drainage and stops slugs getting in via the hole at the bottom and is a favoured place for them to lay eggs.

Polystyrene repels water and I have only used it to bulk up tall and large containers. Terracotta and cement is porous, so also no good at retaining moisture. So not sure what the RHS means by the use of such materials. If they said Biochar or hydroponic clay pebbles then yes.

Why would you put Blackcurrants in a pot? They are well behaved in the ground.

Can someone please help me identify this lovely smelling shrub/plant

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 21:01

I had/have Daphne odora Aureomarginata and it really did not like being in a damp border so I put it in a large pot and last spotted it last summer...this post reminded me of it and where it is. Certainly not flowering or giving me scent!

containers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:40

Just use horticultural fleece over the Busy Lizzies - it will keep light frost off.

Cordyline

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 19:39

I moved some green and red ones at the weekend and did what Verdun said. Not sure about the green ones not liking full sun...perhaps it is wetter in Fife than Cornwall and that helps?

containers

Posted: 04/03/2014 at 12:27

I have seen plants insulated with shredded paper - it was hardy banana pseudostems covered with drain pipes and stuffed with shredded paper. A lid was placed to keep the paper dry. If it gets wet then the plant will rot.

I bubble wrap when needed - not really needed it this winter!

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 20:55
landgirl100 wrote (see)

Might no.4 be a Weigela, mine is just coming into leaf.

Yes - that is it. I have Weigela and always forget the name. I knew it was something in my garden.

Found a couple of new things in the garden.

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 17:04

Agree with the above but no #4 as I have the same shrub but do not have Lilac. It looks more like Spirea.

Planting Nerines

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 09:34

I potted mine in a terracotta pot as soon as I got them last spring. They have just died back after flowering all winter and some are showing new growth points. Outside all summer and autumn. I bring them inside in winter to see those pink flowers and they would be wrecked by winds and they are hardier dry than wet. Plant them relatively close together as that helps repel water and the competition seems to help flowering.

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