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First time hanging baskets

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:57

I've done tiny toms in hanging baskets - if you get a long hot summer they are wonderful, just nipping off a few warm sweet and tart toms as you pass the basket- yummmmm.    However, the weather does not always give us this chance, last year for example, it really did not come to much at all.  Let's hope for a real summer at the right time for this year - well, hoping is still free!

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:56

Wow Jimmy, are you going to try seeds from the yellow one?  You may have found something extra special there, but even if it doesn't seed true - which, let's be honest here - is unlikely - what a lovely thing to see.  Could you post a picture of it for us to enjoy - albeit at a distance?

Agree about the washed out mauve colours, but even some of those can be lovely in the right places.  I am hoping my glorious spotted one will seed itself about and come true - but no matter what, the new ones will be welcome. 

Hollyhock queeny

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:10

Sadly hollyhock rust is a serious difficulty here, and you rarely see any plant without some - in fact, many people treat them as annuals just for that reason, as the rust in the first season can be less.  There are one or two types of rooted plugs you can buy which say they are rust free - I suppose it depends how bad it is in your soil. 

I stopped growing several different plants because of local problems, the lupin aphid stopped all of that group here, and grey mould on monada - no matter what you do it is  everywhere and just comes back.  I note my beloved tall eryngiums have rust most years, at the bottom of the plant mostly, so grow lots of smaller annuals at their feet to cover much of it.  Where there's a will ………… 

Flower I.D. anyone??

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:04

This  alogyne is gorgeous isn' t it - I kept it outside in a pot one very warm summer, but doubedt it was keepable over the winter, and indeed it died, though was in a cool greenhouse - I expect it likes more heat and light than we can provide here.  It really is that colour, you'd make a fortune if you could produce a fabric just like that!

First time hanging baskets

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:01

Try getting a book or two from your library - we need to use these alot so they don't get closed anyway.  You can make as many notes as you like, and don't have to buy the book - unless you fall in love with it, when you can get it from a book shop!  

Hanging baskets are wonderful, but you need to remember them!  A day or two forgetting to water will end in early death - hard to think about that just now as it rains for the umpteenth day in a row!


Posted: 20/02/2014 at 15:55

Many of the more reputable (and thus probably more expensive but also decent quality) tunnel suppliers do sell replacement covers.  However, any decent tunnel should last more than 2 years - unless you live in a particularly windy place, or a stony one where getting a reasonably tight fit over the frame is a problem. 

Some of them sell  'patches' which go over the joints of the frame where the metal might get hot and stretch the cover and weaken it, and so on,  the better the tunnel manufacturer the more likely you are to get useful bits and replacements where needed.

Enjoy it, I'd love one, but have nowhere to put it - think the council might object if I put it on the pavement outside!!!!




Posted: 20/02/2014 at 15:48

Perhaps we shouldn't mention it - might give them ideas!!   I suspect much of it is just a computer programme anyway, written so that certain words generate certain adverts - after all, how many people do you know who buy a tablet of soap also buy a jumper and a candle from the same site?  This was one I had as an 'the people who bought this also bought……..' type of thing.

Spammers are very stupid, but sadly so are a very few people, and it upon these few that they prey. 

Saving a fuschia!

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 16:07

I also suspect the poor thing has been over potted - plants dislike going into a pot which is too big for it.  If you do see signs of life, and with green wood I think you will, give it a smaller pot, fresh compost, no too much water and wait - it will do fine I strongly suspect. 

What now for my indoor hyacinths?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 15:47

Happy c-t, I have always found the white hyacinths less perfumed than the others, but thought maybe that was just me!  Glad to hear someone else thinks so too - blue ones are always very rich and deeply perfumed. 

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 10:10

Indeed not dull now, & later I grow clematis on mine - but probably if its wasn't such a wonderful early shrub for its flowers, nectar etc., I probably would overlook it regarding it's summer appearance. I've not had anyone nest in mine, but several birds do so in other parts of the garden, so I must not be greedy.  Maybe a bit near the feeders for happy nesting. 

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