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Ilex aquifolium golden king

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:57

Any male holly - I'd be surprised if there was not one nearby in the area, but if not Silver Queen is a male and pollinates Golden King (female) well.  I often wonder who named these and if they understood plants have make and female types?  

holly shrubs

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:55

They also need space, I plante some too close to each other and lost a couple, which gave the rest room to grow well!  As dove and steve say, they need very good drainage and wlll not tolerate wet feet.  Can't fault them for that myself. 

Help

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:53

Yes, and it can become a ferocious weed in the garden - most things that look gorgeous hanging over peoples walls do.  You need to clip it hard after flowering to prevent it seeding around every where.  Other than that, it is a well loved and useful alpine plant.  Available most garden centres around now. 

help with cerinthe

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:51

I tend to grow them in a large pot, en masse, just outside the back door, as, although I do love them, I don't want them to seed around too much.  I think all that type of plant looks better in a group.  The bees (when they dare get out of their hives) adore cerinthe. 

How late is this 'spring'?

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:49

..As I went out this mornin, around 09.15, my car gave me an ice warning!!  Then while out, we had sleet and hail, now dark grey skies and bitter cold rain - don't you love the joys of an English Spring?  Many things are flowering though as we did have a couple of nice days,.  I have a large flowered Dr Rupple clematis which I left in the greenhouse (it was new to me), and it is flowering its dear little head off - but safely still just inside the greenhouse door.  Many overwintered things still in the cold frame as I'd not dare put them put yet, seedlings huge as can't even think about hardening them off without severe losses, yet the tulips are glorious, as are the cowslips and violas, the small irises (not reticulata but 'real' irises, think they are called pumila or similar) flowering away, young acer leaves lovely - and I'm indoors whie the rain tries to break the window. 

Greenhouse tomatoes : Pollination

Posted: 23/05/2013 at 13:38

.......   besides, as the weather warms you will begin to open the greenhouse door/windows more, and lots of insects - includong bees - will get in and work for you. 

Solomon's seal

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:39

Thanks, didn't want to lose it.

planted bamboo in pot but forgot to tease a few roots-should I dig it out?

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:02

Lets hope it stays within the pot you want it in - some of them are up for world domination.

I rarely if ever tease out roots from container grown plants, they always find their way out to food and water.  

cotoneaster

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 17:00

Poor thing is probably cold, like the rest of us.  They do get red leaves when under any kind of stress, it does them no harm.  It will steadily drop leaves all year being an evergreen, you are noticing it now because the leaves are red.  Unless the whole plant goes red and/or bare, it is OK - otherwise I would look for a pest or a deficiency in the soil. 

Solomon's seal

Posted: 21/05/2013 at 16:58

I have just come into possesion of a lovely strong looking solomion's seal plant, complete with it's lovely drooping white flowers.  Where should it go?  I've never had one before, does it like shade, damp, good drainage - advice please.

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