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Blue fingers definetly not Green

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 14:56

Another nice little shrub under which to hide the dying but so necessary leaves of bulbs, are the smaller leaved hebes  -  be careful though, the larger leaved ones are able to become very large shrubs indeed, not really what you want!  There are many small ones which are pretty in leaf and in flower. Mixed with some of the hardy geraniums previously mentioned could give a very good look to start with. 

Potato berry???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 21:27

I was very unhappy to see earlier in the year, that a certain company (don't recall which one) was offering potato plants with a tomato grafted to the top.  Now, this is likely to work I suppose as they are indeed the same family -  but, how many folk may not realise this is grafted and assume the red berries or fruits of all potatoes are in fact edible?  Sometimes I think that breeders of plants are not very thoughtful - this looks like an accident waiting to happen to me.  Don't know if it actually took off  I must say, but dodgy I thought. 

Hebe - Does Anyone Know ?

Posted: 26/09/2014 at 11:13

Sounds like the end of a good gardening day to me!  You are far further north than I am PinkandWhite, I'm in the Midlands, the Eastern side - you'll get alot colder than I will probably.  Fleece for plants is a good idea, though those which are still attached to the main plant will suffer less than detached ones.

My blackcurrant has layered itself this year, I shall be happy to have a new productive bush for free. 

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 19:01

Yes indeed, the wonderful Orangery - just love the Chatsworth Gardens together. 

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 16:25

….where he built the first large glass house ever, which laid the plans and ideas for the Crystal Palace.  Sadly - like the Crystal Palace -  the glass house has gone, but you can see the outlines of where it was on the ground.

RIP Dowager Duchess of Devonshire

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:06

We take our guests often to Chatsworth, and while they look at the house (nice, but don't want to see it every time we go), we look at the gardens.  The vegetable garden is always for me, a joy and a delight.  The Duchess was indeed a powerful force for good at Chatsworth, and will be sorely missed there.  

Hebe - Does Anyone Know ?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 15:02

Besides, you can feed them come Spring with a pelleted organic chicken manure - I do my whole garden with that in April - I can't dig either, and haven't done so for years.  I do clear the odd patch of weeds and grass for new bulbs, and  scrape around shrubs with a hoe to keep some weeds under some control.  Everything else I grow in pots ( and I do mean everything else, fruits, vegetables, trees etc., plus bulbs and annuals.) 

Layered plants must of course be the same as their parents, I personally keep them on the mother plant for the winter, detach and plant them on in the Spring - maybe I am further north than you?  Anyway, that has worked for me for some fruit bushes and one or two other things.  Don't have hebes at present, possibly something that needs correcting!

Pot Mums, In or Out?

Posted: 25/09/2014 at 14:57

They can be planted out, and are hardy - however, you should know that they have been kept small for the trade, and that if they grow well in your garden, they will be very much bigger than when in their pots. 

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 21/09/2014 at 15:13

OK, I'll give in too, that is honesty.  In the Netherlands it is called 'Judas' pennies', quite the opposite from our name for it.

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 20/09/2014 at 13:03

Must agree with ND, Looks like a campanula to me too! Got lots of them seeding around the garden, lower leaves look much like that - we will see huh?

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