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Seeds I've collected

Posted: 30/10/2013 at 18:48

Anywhere cool and dry CG - no need to use the fridge.  Paper bags are perfect.  If any of them need stratificationm sow them now and bung them outside in a coldframe/cold GH or sheltered by a house wall etc. to keep the rain off.  Quite a few seeds need to go through a cold spell before they'll germinate, or will have a better germination rate if they do.

Talkback: How to take verbena cuttings

Posted: 28/10/2013 at 18:43

They should do Beany if you don't over-water them - best kept on the dry side.


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 19:51

FG - no!  I have received lots of other bulbs but the tulips "Will be despatched in November, when they are ready" is the latest message!  I don't really mind with tulips as I always plant them later anyway but why send a message saying they have been despatched in the first place when they hadn't, then a message saying they must have got lost so they will send another lot by the end of the week, before the latest message?  

Still, there are now 150 crocus, 50 multi-headed daffs, 225 anenome, 50 fritilaria and 25 ipheion in the ground so it should look good even sans tulipa!



Posted: 27/10/2013 at 18:59

Hi Sushichick & welcome!  Planting them into holes made with a dibber is to help blanch the lower part of the leek which is usually what is eaten.  You can do the same thing by raising a mound of soil around each leek.  This is known as 'earthing up.'  By doing that you prevent light reaching the lower part and it turns white/light green instead of dark green (which is what blanching means in this context.)


Posted: 27/10/2013 at 18:47

Gone calm here too - for now..  FG, I don't know that one but one I can recommend as it has a beautiful scent and tends to come back well for me is Ballerina. It's orange so may not fit in with some colour schemes but it looks great in combo with the pastel blue forget-me-nots which come up all over my garden every year.

high winds and greenhouses

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 21:36
fidgetbones wrote (see)

I shut everything up as tight as possible, but my garden tends to be protected. I'm more worried about a tree falling on it.

Too right fidget - doesn't do them any good at all:

 That was an 8x6 a few hours before (photo from 17th Oct 2002)  A different viewpoint:



Camera Corner

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 18:44

Hi David, yes, I found a tripod is a must for fireworks - as is taking a *lot* of photos to get a few good ones!

Camera Corner

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 17:57

Little-ann, I did some experimentation with posting photos to the forum and found that it's the file size which makes the most difference.  If you have a PC, download and install the free "Irfanview" program and load your photos into it.  Use File, Save As and choose Save as type JPG.  You'll see a JPEG/GIF save options screen - move the slider to 75 then click Save on the main window.  The applies just the right amount of file compression to allow full size photos to be posted without noticeably affecting viewing quality.  The original (as saved by the camera) for the photo below was about 1500kb and wouldn't post in a way that could be clicked and the full size seen.  After running it through Irfanview, it is about 300kB.  Edit: I forgot that I also resized to 1920x1080!

 Taken with a Canon 350D, 1s exposure, ISO800, 18-55mm lens @55mm.

Diascia Personata

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 17:40

I think this Diascia is relatively hardy so you should be able to overwinter the original plants (I found a reference they are ok down to -10C.)  As for the cuttings, this article may help:


When is honey fungus not honey fungus?

Posted: 26/10/2013 at 12:05

This is a great factsheet Gina - I meant to post the link earlier.  From the Guernsey government site (pdf format):


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