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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!!

Greenhouse Spares

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:01

Try Two Wests and Elliot, they make all sorts of bits for greenhouses, and are very willing to give advice as well. 

Replanting/moving rock roses

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 17:00

Probably now now while they are busy flowering - having said that, I have moved things when you shouldn't and got away with it.  If it must be done now, prepare the new place for them first, dig them up with as much soil and root as possible, and drop them straight in the new place. Give them a good watering, and - and this sounds dreadful but is needful - remove as many flowers as possible.  You canot ask the plant to make new roots, move to a new position and support flowers as well, too much to do.   If yu can wait a while, then when the flowering has ceased,  cut the rock roses back and move as before.   Better yet, do them in spring, but I suspect that will be too far away for your needs.   You can grow herbs in pots while you wait, in fact many of them do as well, if not better, in pots than in the ground.  Which herbs do you hope to grow?  Some need moist conditions and others anything but - and it may be better to do those in the autumn too - but I know how it is when the mood strikes. 

Best fruit cage materials?

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 14:23

No idea just now, it's been in situ for quite a long time now - I think it is the heavy at 25 mm, but as in all these things, try to buy the best you can afford - it will pay you in the end.  I had to replace my old one as I forgot to put the wide netting on the roof for the winter, and the weight of the  snow bent the previous poles in half!  So, do buy wide winter netting to keep the pigeons out, and put it up so you can get the roof netting on and off easily - or you won't,  because you will be cold and tired and don't think snow weighs that much ............ and be in trouble just as I was!

New Composter.

Posted: 19/06/2013 at 18:22

No not at all, better than some of the boring things some people get excited about - it is at least important to the garden and recycling - and here is one of the few places you can get excited about it!!

See what you mean about the height of the compost bin, I was thinking more about a heap ...................

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