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Carrots have feelings too

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 19:15

now what would you do with those? It just seems such a pity to separate them .............

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 19:14

Erigon is such a good plant for adding pleasure to steps, cracks in pacing or on steps, it is as tough as old boots and never gets so invasive you can't keep up with it.  Ours around the from step and paving edges started life in a pot, within which it no longer lives, but has gone into all srts of nice places at the front of the house. You probably don't need to buy seeds for it, someone near you may well have it and will be happy to give you a seed filled head later in the season? Ask, most gardeners are happy to meet each other and share their goodies.  

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 19:10

That is quite right of course, but I did imagine that Dom would speak with his neighbour before doing anything if the building does not belong to him.  Most people who cannot see the back of their buildings are pretty reasonable about the adding of plant supports.  You can only ask huh?

Invasive plants to avoid

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 17:52

Yes, I find geranium phaeum a real thug, trying to get rid of as much as possible of that, had forgotten that one!

pineapple tops

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 17:50

He probably did, but he is really quite something else again, most of us just do not have his time or space - but good luck to anyne who tries it here. 

pineapple tops

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:09

You can grow them as pot plants, the leaves will grow on, but you will not get any fruit unless you go for a very hot hot house, which would make pineapples a very expensive treat!   We grew them in our garden in Zambia, they do indeed look unexpected, not at all what we might have imagined before.   I have a very old gardening book from 1895, which describes growing them, took several people a great deal of work, lots of horse manure, straw,  and an enormous greenhouse, plus several small boys to keep the boiler lit all night! Somehow I don't think we would manage that these days!

Advice for a novice

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:06

It is a bit late to put permanent planting into pots, though there are such things as hostas which you can plant now, probably better to wait until spring for most things to start permanent planting.  Bulbs for spring need to start being planted end of August into September for daffodils, much later for tulips, violas are good now and may flower all winter depenedent upon the weather.   Evergreens such as the small hollies are good, christmas box, any of the smaller euonymous, golden laurel  - lots of choices for pots, worth looking around some good web sites for what is on offer now. The reality is that you can grow anything in a pot as long as you are willing to do everything for the plant that it cannot do for itself.  For eating, small apples, plums, blueberries and - of course - strawberries.

Climber to cover large wall

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 16:01

If you use a montana it really requires little or no pruning as you want it to cover a large area, just the odd stem to tidy it up, not complicated as the summer ones are often seen to be.  After flowering it it leaves a covering of pretty leaves, and a good stenciling of twisting stems in the winter.  Once established it may support other lighter clematis when its own flowers are over - we do that here.   What it will need is a good strong set of support wires as a well grown montana can weigh a tremendous amount in full flower, especially when wet.  Grandiflora and rubus are  the the largest, there are others which are more perfumed and slightly less strong in growth. 

What is this strange plant?

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 10:44

Liverwort appears whenever soil or compost gets persistently wet, and this year that means a lot of liverwort!  We get it on and between our flagstones, mostly it dries up and disappears, but in pots I do remove it as I find it quite ugly - besides, it usually means something needs correcting in the pots.  A very old 'plant' that appears to be somewhere between lichen/moss and ferns. 

Viburnum Bodnantense. " Dawn".

Posted: 31/07/2012 at 10:40

We've got hellebores in flower too, plus some lilac - poor plants don't know what time of year it is!

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