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Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:07

Remember to check the sack regularly too - if any go bad, the rot will quickly spread to any others which are touching it.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 14:01

As a conservatory generally keeps warmer than an unheated greenhouse, I think you'll probably get a few fruits if they set now but it will be close!  If any trusses set, I would nip off all other flowers and growing points on those particular plants so they can concentrate all of their energy into ripening a few fruits.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 12:26

About half of all UK hoverfly larvae prey on aphids - they are very beneficial in the garden.  I have thousands at the moment in the garden and most of the aphids now seem to be gone.  It's a pity they don't appear earlier in the year but I suppose that's when ladybirds usually do the business (although I've seen very few of those in my garden this year.)


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 12:04

Probably lack of pollination, Tattiana.  They are self-pollinating but need a bit of help which is usually provided by the wind or insects when outside.  Indoors, you need to tap the stems with your hand daily to help distribute the pollen.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:51

I would be tempted to replace it with another variety, Panoply.  There are a profusion of hardy fuchsias these days with better 'manners'!

Look for those with an RHS AGM.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:44

Indeed - Hawthorn benefits about 150 species if I remember correctly.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:42

Tim, most devices keep the login user names and passwords separately - clearing cookies doesn't affect them.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:38

Hi Helga, you can plant them as soon as the plant sheds the seeds as this is how nauture does it.  However, if they germinate before Spring, you will need to look after them over Winter.  In nature, the vast majority would be killed by the weather etc, which is why most plants produce so many seeds - only one needs to make it in order to continue the species.

As gardeners, we want a bit more control and would like all of our seeds to germinate of course!  For that reason, we sow most seeds in Spring so they can grow uninterrupted by harsh weather.

Having said that, the seeds of many hardy perennials, shrubs and trees need a period of cold followed by warmth (known as "cold stratification") before they will germinate.  Out of your list I would sow the hellebores now as they benefit from the cold period and are best sown fresh anyway. 


Posted: 10/08/2013 at 22:50

Hi Jeff, it is a "Robin's pincushion" gall caused by a gall wasp:


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/08/2013 at 15:54

That's lovely, Bookmonster - I miss growing hollyhocks but they get devastated by rust every single time now in my garden.  I've thought about trying them in pots or containers instead.

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