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Latest posts by break23

Perennial wallflower

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 19:40

Hi Linda Mary, did you know you have two identical posts going?  I have just replied on the other one.  Byeeeeee.

Perennial wallflower

Posted: 13/04/2013 at 19:29

As joslow says, they are easy to propagate.  However, their proper name is Erysimum and you will find plenty on line.  I have a lovely selection of the bowles mauve, a yellow one and another one which  I think is called autumn or winter spice.  Several years ago I had a magnificent one which was called something like Jacobs Coat but that disappeared. (I now have a hard-backed notebook and write down everything I buy). I did take quite a few cuttings last summer and I'm very glad I did as all those in the garden are looking very sorry for themselves as most of the leaves have gone and those that are left are a dark purple probably meaning they will fall off.  However, flower buds are starting to appear but the overall effect may well not be very good.  Good luck

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 14:27

Thanks for that obelixx, that's a very interesting article.  I have often wondered how much of the the programme is scripted.  And, Swiss Sue has given us all the correct facts - thanks also. 

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:02

OOh! I'm not happy with this criticism of Monty.  Whatever next?

The Nation's Love Affair

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:56

My local GC has massive areas given over to designer crockery, clothes, shoes,  jewellery, greetings cards, books, games, chutney, jams etc. and I won't even mention their displays at christmas.  But, they would not stock these items if people weren't buying the stuff.  They have now set up an indoor play area and the restaurant has a children's menu so the bosses know exactly how to offset their losses against the weather.  My local garden nursery now has three very large detached houses sitting on it.

black bamboo

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 11:36

Many thanks for your thoughts and I have now found Monty's suggestions.  I did watch that programme but think I must have fallen asleep during the bamboo section as have no recollection of it - oh! dear and Nigel was on as well.  If it doesn't rain this afternoon I'm going to tackle the job and put them in the cut-down plastic dustbins as the bottom 18" will be lower than the decking.  From what you both say, the plants should be OK.

black bamboo

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 19:37

I have looked back on this forum to get info on planting black bamboo in the ground but have still not been able to answer my questions.  I have two nigra bamboos in pots on the patio but they have not flourished and after re-organising the garden I want to plant them in a new piece of ground between a fence and decking.  I have two plastic dustbins which I can cut down and insert into the soil as understand the roots grow sideways as opposed to downwards.  Should I put soil or compost into the pots and would the roots force their way through the sides  Apparently Monty featured this problem recently and planted into metal containers but I have been unable to trace which programme it was on. 

First new year resolution for 2014

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 17:16

Every January I get carried away with buying too many packets of seeds and worse of all, the catalogues and email messages arrive from gardening companies and I order plug plants.  Dare not put any more trays of seeds in house, OH is being pushed to the limits of his patience but because of this I put 108 begonia plug plants in the unheated greenhouse under fleece.  Just been to check them and 34 have rotted away so have not saved any money just wasted it.  Trouble is, I love planting plug plants into bedding trays but must remember in 2014 that the winter is my enemy and I really am just a fair weather gardener.  Do other gardeners succumb to the pictures in the catalogues?

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 20:36

Hi Gold1locks and Maria, the one I'm referring to is in West Sussex so the weather experts would probably say it is warmer down here but being a cold mortal I never think it is.   I don't know the variety but always think the leaves are attractive  

20ft screen/conifer ideas please

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 12:46

Was just reading another thread and pittosporum was mentioned.  My son has a massive one in his garden but I do know they come in lots of sizes.  If you could wait, and you live near a Wyevale Garden Centre, come the autumn/winter they have many trees/shrubs at half price but I often see Lidle, Asda and Morrisons mentioned on here as selling a good variety of cheap trees and shrubs. 

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