BobTheGardener


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Anyone done any gardening today - Version 2

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 19:39

Lovely day here, used some feather edge fencing boards to raise the edges of the borders in the polytunnel a few inches to prevent soil spilling over.  Will be sowing carrots and parsnips in there tomorrow instead of the outside raised beds.  Did more weeding and noticed the delphiniums were up a few inches, so the organic slug pellets worked.

Most of the brassica seedlings I planted over Easter are up - must post pics on the seedling thread.

too late to get eremurus flowers?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 17:22

Mine (grown from seed) is about 10 years old and I'm still waiting for it to flower!  Not the right conditions here for them though.  Foliage is strong and reliable but never a flower spike, alas.

New garden - plant ID

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 17:14

1 looks like a heuchera - they look messy at this time of the year.

2 maybe Lonicera? - cut back hard if so.

3 ?

4 (1) Elder (2) another Elder (3) Kerria Japonica

5 Yes, hardy geranium - cut back all dead/dying foliage

6 Look like hotas - plant at same level in soil, watch for slugs!

7 blue flower is anenome blanda, not sure about nettle-like foliage plant.

8 Yes, foxgloves - no need to do anything at all.

9 No sure if root is for what look like golden sword yucca

10 Peony

11 Clematis (not sure which one)

12 looks like wallflower (Erysimum)

13 is, I think, a Daphne.  Lucky you!

14 a buddleia of some type, probably a dwarf one prune hard to lowest leaves

15 - 18 I'll leave for others!

 

 

Shallow rooted Climber

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:59

Annual climbers like sweet peas, ipomoea and even runner neans (which were originally grown for decoration) would probably be fine.  I'd go for morning glory - quite a few attractive type of ipomoea around and a good time to sow them inside.

Imported seeds

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:52

Nor me aym, but "just sayin'" as they say.  As usual, there has been and probably never will be any proper information or intelligent discussion on the matter.  Whatever will make the 1% more money is what will happen, but only they know whether that'll be in or out!  All I know is we'll get stuffed  in some way whatever the outcome.

What's happened to the picture adding function?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:44

Working here on firefox, IE 11, Edge & Chrome on a Windows 10 PC.  Chrome seems to work for this forum on just about any device, so worth trying if you don't have it installed.

Edit: just seen your reply - great stuff!

What's happened to the picture adding function?

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:37

Redwing, check that you have the editor in 'advanced' mode in your forum settings.

Imported seeds

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:34

They will have to aym or the UK will find itself unable to EXPORT plants, fruit and veg to the EU (or anywhere else for that matter!)

Imported seeds

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 15:06

The EU has very strict controls of what can be brought into the zone but from EU to the UK it's pretty much a free-for-all.  If we leave EU god only knows what would happen - I think we'd have to hugely expand the government Border Force and hire lots and lots of inspectors at ports and airports.

Few pathogens infect seeds so fewer restrictions apply.

Dividing perennial Lobelia

Posted: 02/04/2016 at 14:58

You can divide them in early spring or take cuttings in mid summer.  I consider early spring to be March, so you should just about be OK.  However, I'd try cuttings this year and divide next spring as the clump doesn't sound that large at the moment.

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