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Posted: 03/08/2016 at 14:12

Hi All

I planted alliums for the first time this year (as ever a bit late) and they have finished flowering, the leaves have died back and the stalks are going brown.  I want to move them for next year.  Is it ok to store them in a dry light location or do they have to be put into dry peat or sand or whatever?  Should I plant them in their new location in the autumn or next spring?


Can you suggest a plant?

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 09:03

Thank you very much for all your time and suggestions.  I already have Hydrangea (trying hard to get one to go blue), fuchsia (Lady Boothby and others) and a range of Dahlias (mine seem not to flower until July but hold till october at least).  Really like the Marguerite, Rudbeckia and rose suggestions.  As a by the by I have tried germinating verbena bonariensis for the last three years.  Finally got one to grow this year but still waiting for a bloom.  And, yes, I know for eveybody else it sets seed like a weed - there may be the root of my problem......

Thanks again, looking forward to a colourful next summer.

Can you suggest a plant?

Posted: 26/07/2016 at 18:32

Hi All

Does anyone have a suggestion for a plant with the following characteristics?

Bright, mid-size to large size blooms which flower in the summer for at least three months.  Height to 1.5/2 metres, spread to max 1 metre.  I live by the sea in Weymouth so frost is not a big concern.  My soil is clay and reasonably neutral. 

Any suggestions very much appreciated.


Garlic Splitting?

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 22:18

Yes they have opened and this happened for the last couple of years and yes I have continued to use the cloves.  Maybe I am being too rigid about expecting them not to be ready until July given the changing climate.  However they have been pretty small but not down to 15mm!!  Cheers.

Garlic Splitting?

Posted: 29/06/2016 at 08:05

The last couple of years my garlic, planted in October and using the biggest cloves I could find has not been particularly large and has 'split' where it joins the main stem rather than that nice tight bulb which you get in the commercial stuff.  I have produced the tight bulb in previous years.  I live in Weymouth and the last two winters in particular have been wet and not frosty (rare down here).  Is there a standard reason for the 'splitting'?  The soil is clay and pretty well neutral ph.  Thanks.

Camellia problems

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 10:45

Not the answer I wanted but thanks Verdun.  I shall have to do it in stages to keep my sanity.

Clematis pinching out?

Posted: 02/05/2016 at 11:51

Thanks for the thoughts.  I cut them really hard in November so I am hoping that is sufficient.  I think I will not pinch out and see what happens this year and change tack if not particularly good.  Cheers

Camellia problems

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 14:35

I have a camellia which is infested with scale insect and, I am told, wooly aphid.  I have sprayed a couple of times using Bug Clear Ultra taking a fair bit of trouble to spray the underside of the leaves.  However I also understand that I should 'wash' the underside of the leaves with soapy water.  This I have tried/started today.  I do not have a particularly interesting life but even I have better things to do than spend the hours neede to wash each individual leaf.  Am I missing something? 

Clematis pinching out?

Posted: 01/05/2016 at 09:00

Hi All I have a couple of summer flowering clematis (unfortunately lost the name tag) which I moved last year and they did not do well.  They look as if they are coming good now but I was wondering if there is any benefit from pinching out growing tips, as with annuals, to promote vigour and bushiness?  Thanks. Bob


Posted: 03/10/2015 at 18:26

Thanks very much.

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