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Fruit and veg ripeness

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 21:38

Find me a proper greengrocer -t hey're about as common as hens teeth around here!  There are a few farmers markets or locally grown fruit?veg sellers, but even they are selling imports!!

dahlias

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 21:35

Both old and new dahlias are just beginning to flower, it has been a dark cold time until now, they will catch up and we will enjoy them maybe a bit later than usual - which may be a bonus? 

New Clematis

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 22:55

Indeed, your clematis does, as Hollie-Hock says, need a very much larger pot - but not now while it is flowering.  I grow several clematis in pots, usually about 15 inches across and up to 18 inches deep - less than that and the roots can get warm, which they hate.  A deep root run, cool soil and warm heads make happy clematis.  Plenty of feed, clems are hungry plants, prune as and when - depending on the type of clematis. Some of the alpinas make stunning pot plants, there are large flowered hybrids especially bred to keep shortish for pots, and if there is something deent to climb then the vitcellas are great.  I don't subject big flowered summer ones to pots any more, though I am of the persuasion that you can grow anything in a pot - mostly I think because I no longer grow large flowered summer hybrids - they are just  too delicate and sensitive for the garden here, the tough and pretty small ones work better.  We have some of the non-climbing ones too, which are lovely, not particularly floriferous yet, but so unexpected creeping over a box shrub or beside a stately old phormium - or just tumbling about where they feel like it as I have forgotten where I planted them. 

New Clematis

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 18:18

Rust on hollyhocks is almost inevitable, and personally I would not worry about it, so don't buy stuff for that if I were you.  Vine weevil is another thing, you probably do need to treat that.  It may only be affecting your clematis just now, but can get anywhere.  I do not use chemiclas very much ( I make an exception with provado for lily beetle, as I grow a large amount of those), but some things do call for special action.   If your plant does have clematis wilt, don't worry - you need to make sure the clematis is in the pot very deeply, then if you do get it (or rather the clematis does!), cut it down to ground level and it will come again next year.  The viticella and other smaller flowered ones don't get it, so that might be something to think  about for the future.    Large summer flowered ones in pots can struggle, but the smaller ones, especially those bred for container growth, are a jolly good bet.  

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 14:56

figrat, if you want to encourage these lovely daisies among your cobbles,help them with a tiny dusting of compost, maybe from an old hanging basket or so, then they will start and you will not have to do anything for them again.  Pick a ripe seed head or two from where you may do so, and sprinkle them about where the cobbles are, and you should not have to look for them ever again - hopefully!  We all know what plants are like though, the more you want them ............ took me several years to get lily of the valley going, and everyone knows that can be a pest. 

swede or weeds?

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 16:52

You did however mention potato peelings in the compost, guess that is pretty sure to be where it came from.  Swede can be very difficult, which always seems odd when other turnip family things I have tried are not - oh well, that's the joy of gardening. 

Ground Elder

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 16:40

Hope you do succeed, it really is a most incredibly persistent plant.  There is another thread about this you might like to read? 

Sweet Peas

Posted: 03/08/2012 at 16:38

How interesting to see this, my sweet peas - one patch but not the other - look exactly the same, and are most certainly not dry.  They collapsed in two days, I had been picking regularly, the compost was normally moist, then two days ago I found them like the picture seen above.  The dead aea is spreading up the stems, the flowers have withered - basically they are dead - but from the root up - odd huh?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 11:13

Lovely blue sky at present, but it does keep clouding over and looking threatening - mixed as the forecasters say when they don't have a clue.  Wouldn't have their job for anything, damned if you do, and damned if you don't - as if they can change anything.

pinks

Posted: 01/08/2012 at 16:46

Lots of things that would normally be dead headed have to have their dead flowers nipped off with the secatuers, the ground was so wet that the whole plant came out or the stem just came off at the rot line! Great gardening year isn't it?

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Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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For whom do we garden .............

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frosted lilies

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why are these wanted? 
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