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Anyone grown one of these?

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 11:23

Sounds wonderful I'd love a 'small' wisteria, will look on plant finder for one like that. 

What is this plant?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:35

There is a tall yellow version which defeated my identification when I first saw it last year - about 5 foot high - that was a surprise, and rather gorgeous it was too. 

Is there such a thing as dark purple stem snap dragons?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:34

It was as snapdragon, as the others say they do this themselves - you never see them separated out so I guess it is just luck whether you get the coloured stems and leaves.  Some people may not like them I guess, the lemon ones seem to stay green, so maybe it is just the pink/purple ones that 'leak' thier colour. 

We bought some dianthus recently, and several of those also had the purple stems, but not all, though they were all shades of red and purple flowers - just the way they go I think. 


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:31

You killed a Russian Vine Fairygirl? - Give yourself a medal and a pat on the back - then rack your  brains as to what on earth you did with it - you are right, you could make a fortune with that knowledge.  Mind, I killed a healthy looking buddlea a few years ago - not quite in the same class as Russian Vine, but close. 

Rozanne geranium problem

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:27

They will do this especially if they get cold or a bit stressed - it can add to the colour of the whole show.  We have various types of hardy geraniums, some of these are more prone to reddening of the leaves than others - why?  Who knows!

cold frame

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:25

We built one with breeze blocks, painted it white inside, and found an old sliding window for the top, this has worked well for several years now.  The wooden ones are very expensive, &  look gorgeous  but this works fine.  There is no wind that is going to blow that away - the back wall is the greenhouse, so it gets a tiny little bit of heat from that maybe.  It overwinters various plants, and then has the young seedlings etc in for hardening off. 

Seems a shame

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:22

I grow upward of a hundred lilies in my garden, in pots and in the ground.  Some of these are over 20 years old and flower just as well now as they have ever done.

Monty did say he throws out some types of  tulip bulbs as they rarely come back well, I wonder if this has been misheard or misinterpreted?  Lilies are expensive, and certainly would not be replaced each year.

I do not water mine with fertiliser all spring, they get  a dose of chicken manure, the pelleted organic kind, annually, around April, and that's about it.  I do wonder if these are being over watered, they really don't mind a dry time.  Some of ours have frozen solid over the years, and have merrily gone on flowering afterwards - they are tough things and don't need coddling.  They certainly never get lifted, just growing through the massed planting that is around them. Their only enemies are the dreaded lily beetle, upon which we wage persistent war, and lily virus.  This gives streaky leaves, and distorted buds, only cure is burning the bulbs and the stems.

our lilies are now busily making buds profusely, and will be a mass of flowers in a few weeks time - there are some for sale in flower  now but they have been brought on in glasshouses - the outdoor ones will have to wait awhile. They are never taken out of their pots, the pots are tucked near the hedge or beside the greenhouse or house wall in the winter and that's about all the protection they ever get. 

Anyone grown one of these?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:13

Wisteria usually become very large plants - I cannot imagine why a label would say 60 cms, several meters would be more like it.  They are grown often on very firm wires across the front of a house or on a wall.  A trellis would have to be very heavyweight to take the weight of the plant and its flowers once it starts to flower.  Amethyst Falls I believe can have trusses of flowers up to 15 - 18 inches long, so you can imagine how big the plant is going to get.  It is true that you can grow them in a large tub and train them as a tree shape, but I know nothing about how that is done.  Don't expect flowers in the immdediate future, this is another lovely plant with which you need to  be patient, it will need to settle and grow the roots which will be big enough to support the plant - it will need good feeding and careful pruning as well, to get the best from it.

My friend has a beauty which grows over 2 sides of her house - all from one plant - and it flowers gloriously - but it is BIG, so please be prepard for that.

There are some very good books and websites devoted to the growing of wisteria, which you may find infirmative.   I do not have one, but I know the pruning is essential for good flowering.  Have fun and enjoy.


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:07

Mine are just coming inot bud, I don't expect full flowering until well into July or even August - and this year they got off to a late start.  Patience is a virtue with agapanthus, as with many other plants.  If they are now filling their pots they should flower - they do like to be rather tightly potted, and until they fill their pots they will concentrate on making new roots and leaves and then they will flower.  If they werre really pretty small when you got them, it may be a year or two yet before they do so.  


Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:04

No, that's what they often do, you will probably get more courgettes from the plant as the summer goes on, if you feed and water it - and we get some sunshine.  They can be very prolific producers given the opportunity, but they do need rich feeding - I have grown them on top of a compost heap before - but not where I currently live.  I don't think you can over feed them, pelleted chicken manure is good, and so is seaweed liquid feed for veggies.    Once they really get going, I hope you like courgettes!!

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