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Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:24

Patience is the one virtue you need as a gardener - and one I never had until I took up gardening many years ago - you just cannot rush nature and that is all there is to it!  I've still no patience with much, especially myself, but have learned that if it takes 7 years for my special clematis to flower ( and it did!)  then 7 years is what it will take, and there is b***** all I can do about it - other than rip it out and put in something else, thus losing the delight of what I was waiting for in the first place!!

Wildflower ID please

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:20

Just do take care, invasive is not a strong enough word - on Guernsey it is everywhere to a really damaging degree. 

Ipomoea Iposun Black Tone

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:19

Try the RHS web site - pretty good at finding suppliers of most things. Alternatively just 'google' the plant, and someone selling it will come up - assuming it is for sale anywhere that is!

Fleece Cloches

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:16

Wire coat hangars bent into the shape you want, or any other type of wire, depending how big the plants are that you want to protect.  Alternatively use twigs or prunings and drape the fleece over those - they won't be needed much longer now this year. 

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 11:15

Oh dear, what a kindly thing for your OH to do, even if not quite as you wanted it - perhaps more explanations next time?

All you can do now is a) visit friends with seeding hellebores, admire them and beg some seeds, b) buy some which are in seed c) wait till next year, and have a loving talk about how seeds really work, and what you hope to do next time?

Do keep the tray going, plants will do their level best to grow, you may be surprised by them, some may actually germinate?


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 20:08

I gave in to temptation and bought some clems from the clematis man - and am very pleased with the quality for such young plants.

I have been ill so haven't been out in the garden much recently, but the plants are romping away in the cold greenhouse - will have to get them out before they take it over!!


Posted: 28/04/2014 at 11:22

Interesting that this lovely plant, that we call 'Honesty', is called something very different in the Netherlands where it is known as 'Judas's pennies' - not an exact translation but close enough.  Guess the seed pods look like the 'pieces of silver' that Judas was given. 


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 21:42

KEF, hi - when I grew it is was called gunnera magelenica (Hmm, not dreadfully certain of the spelling there!), at one time Beth Chatto's nursery stocked it, but no idea if they still do.   Try the plant finder on the RHS website - they will be likely to know if it is available.  There are in fact two, but I cannot recall the second ones name.  It is some years since I grew them, but they were a delight.  I'll have a look it my records and see if I can find more details, but I promise nothing!!

Dahlia Tubers

Posted: 21/03/2014 at 18:05

Don't worry BizzieB, I chat to my plants all the time!


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 18:03


These grow outside at Chatsworth (which is not far from us so I go and look at their gardens whenever I can.) They are never covered or anything, the huge leaves presumably protect the crown in winter - we had -18C two years ago, not as cold as you obelixx. They get to about 25 feet across  and 15 feet high, with leaves several feet across, stunning  - but even with my passion for growing nearly anything in a pot, even I wouldn't try that - poor things.   There is a tiny gunnera however, which grows to about 3 inches high, otherwise looks exactly like its huge relative, that is a joy and a delight - and alot of fun to say to people that you grow a gunnera in a pot!

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