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Dicentra spectabilis - is yours up yet?

Posted: 24/03/2015 at 00:18

Hi Gillian, yes the shoots are around 3-4 inches high on mine, but it is in a sheltered spot.

Plant Identification please

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 23:03
nutcutlet wrote (see)

I thought monbretia had flattened round corms

I agree - whatever those roots are, they aren't montbretia.

SALIX 'Flamingo'

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 22:32

Claire, just about all you can do is keep your fingers crossed.  The tree may have been 'sulking' after the shock of being planted and will hopefully soon start growing again.  To check it hasn't died, scrape a bit of the bark off near the end of a branch with your thumbnail - it should be green underneath.  If it is brown, move down the branch nearer the ground and try again.  If you don't find any green underneath the bark anywhere on the tree then I'm afraid it will have gone to the great garden in the sky.  If that's the case contact the supplier and you may get a replacement.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:58

Beautiful day here - did some work on the veg beds, repotted some 2 year old strawberries into larger pots with plenty of well-rotted FYM in the mix.  Decided to sow all of the old tomato seeds which have been hanging around for a few years - if they all come up (and they might - tom seeds last for years in my experience) I'll have about 20 varieties!  Sowed all of the sweet pepper and chili seeds also on the heated bench and inspected all the other (,ainly flower) seeds I've sown over the last few weeks and found signs of life everywhere!   Before I know it, I'll be out of room.. as per usual!

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from seed

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 16:44

Sarah, ordinary multi-purpose compost will be fine.  Yes, they are perennial, but like all dahlias they are tender perennials, so you should move the pots inside to somewhere frost-free over winter, or lift the tubers (if planted in the ground) and store them in dry compost or wrapped in newspaper etc over the winter.  Sometimes dahlias will survive in the ground over winter.  All of the ones I've ever grown from seed have developed a sizeable tuber by the time the first frost comes.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:14

Nice spot for something needing a bit of protection.  The roots of a fig would also be nicely 'hemmed in' there.  Fan-trained or espalier fruit tree, like a pear, peach apricot or nectarine?   Orange Pippin site has some good advice on those:


Chili Leaf Problem

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 15:04

As far as I can recall, they just "grew out of it" and later, larger leaves higher up the plants weren't affected.

christmas tree growing

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 14:04

I do it like nut.  Some tree seeds can take several years to germinate.  Sometimes they need 2 or more warm/cold cycles of several months each and there may be growth inhibitor in the seed casing which the rain will eventually wash out if the pots are left outside.  Basically, patience is the key (like lots of other things when it comes to gardening!)

Hello from a newbie

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 13:55

Hi Jennie and welcome.  As SGL said, those raised beds look fab!

Chili Leaf Problem

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:38

Ommthree, I had that on a few of my peppers and chilis last year but it didn't seem to harm them or affect cropping.  Closer inspection with a magnifying glass showed that whatever it was was part of the plant and not a pest or fungus, so I suspect it may be a genetic aberration, or a reaction from the plant against something (ie the plant's immune system.)  Sorry I can't be of more help but if I see it again this year I'm not going to worry about it but will still look very closely as anything grown under glass can be affected by spider mite which are too small to see by eye.

Discussions started by BobTheGardener


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A week of rain = jungle garden!

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Deep Down & Dirty: The Science of soil

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Check your delphiniums for caterpillars

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Seed grown Wisteria finally in flower - Hooray!

Planted many years ago 
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Polytunnel growing 
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