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Seedaholicism

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:51

It's a good thing my neighbours know me well, or the sounds of delight coming from the greenhouse when anything has germinated, might make them call the police!  I have a big jute carrier bag hanging in the back porch, full of packets of seeds - it is my 'go to' when no gardening can get done.  Mentally I sow the whole garden with new things (it is as stuffed as possible already but hey, imagination is free!), and feel much better after a while!!  Can't resist a reduced pile of seed packets, even if I have every carrot , sweet pea, lettuce and sunflower seed known to humankind, and no-where left to put them……………..

Snowflake Variety

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:48

That's the best bet, the leaves from this year will give food and strength to the bulbs and they will probably flower beautifully next year.  Once they are settled, they will gently spread - we have some lovely clumps where it would not have occurred to me to put them.  Birds eat the seeds then sit somewhere to digest them, dropping the seeds and then off they go.  Lovely, and totally free - what's not to love?  I don't find that the doubles spread as well as the singles, insects have trouble getting into double flowers to pollinate them, which is why I don't grow double flowers much.  The singles are pollinated and then set viable seed.  I guess you could harvest that and sow it yourself, but I'm lazy and quite happy for the birds to do the work for me. 

Snowflake Variety

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 10:46

That's the best bet, the leaves from this year will give food and strength to the bulbs and they will probably flower beautifully next year.  Once they are settled, they will gently spread -we have some lovely clumps where it would not have occurred to me to put them.  Birds eat the seeds then sit somewhere to digest them, dropping the seeds and then off they go.  Lovely, and totally free - what's not to love?

Growmore

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:11

It might seem a pity to use a product made in a factory rather than something nicely rotted on a compost heap?  Of course, not everyone has the space to do that.   We use pelleted organic chicken manure in April, sprinkled all over everywhere and in anything,  and then liquid seaweed based fertiliser for anything else that needs a boost in the year. 

ID Please

Posted: 23/02/2014 at 14:05

Do not be tempted to put this tree into a very big pot to start with.  Plants dislike being over potted - something big enough to take the roots with some compost around them, it will do well.   You could use the root fungus mycorrhiza too to help the roots develop well.

First time hanging baskets

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:57

I've done tiny toms in hanging baskets - if you get a long hot summer they are wonderful, just nipping off a few warm sweet and tart toms as you pass the basket- yummmmm.    However, the weather does not always give us this chance, last year for example, it really did not come to much at all.  Let's hope for a real summer at the right time for this year - well, hoping is still free!

Talkback: Growing hellebores

Posted: 21/02/2014 at 10:56

Wow Jimmy, are you going to try seeds from the yellow one?  You may have found something extra special there, but even if it doesn't seed true - which, let's be honest here - is unlikely - what a lovely thing to see.  Could you post a picture of it for us to enjoy - albeit at a distance?

Agree about the washed out mauve colours, but even some of those can be lovely in the right places.  I am hoping my glorious spotted one will seed itself about and come true - but no matter what, the new ones will be welcome. 

Hollyhock queeny

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:10

Sadly hollyhock rust is a serious difficulty here, and you rarely see any plant without some - in fact, many people treat them as annuals just for that reason, as the rust in the first season can be less.  There are one or two types of rooted plugs you can buy which say they are rust free - I suppose it depends how bad it is in your soil. 

I stopped growing several different plants because of local problems, the lupin aphid stopped all of that group here, and grey mould on monada - no matter what you do it is  everywhere and just comes back.  I note my beloved tall eryngiums have rust most years, at the bottom of the plant mostly, so grow lots of smaller annuals at their feet to cover much of it.  Where there's a will ………… 

Flower I.D. anyone??

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:04

This  alogyne is gorgeous isn' t it - I kept it outside in a pot one very warm summer, but doubedt it was keepable over the winter, and indeed it died, though was in a cool greenhouse - I expect it likes more heat and light than we can provide here.  It really is that colour, you'd make a fortune if you could produce a fabric just like that!

First time hanging baskets

Posted: 20/02/2014 at 16:01

Try getting a book or two from your library - we need to use these alot so they don't get closed anyway.  You can make as many notes as you like, and don't have to buy the book - unless you fall in love with it, when you can get it from a book shop!  

Hanging baskets are wonderful, but you need to remember them!  A day or two forgetting to water will end in early death - hard to think about that just now as it rains for the umpteenth day in a row!

Discussions started by Bookertoo

Solomon's seal

Where and how? 
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frosted lilies

any advice? 
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out of season plants

why are these wanted? 
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bird feeders

caged fat ball feeder 
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Hazel nut queries

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