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plants for hanging baskets & containers

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 22:29

It's still too early to sow most seeds. What sort of plants did you want to grow?


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 22:21

Good luck Bekkie, but probably too late by now!

RBeak it's called hibernation

Pony looks healthy enough, but they are herd animals and can get very lonely on their own.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 17:49

I'm half frozen to death twice a day up a windswept field, feeding horses! Never got above freezing today and a strong north wind.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 17:47

Punkdoc, I sent you a PM. Telling you in case you don't get notifications. I don't anymore.

Edd - up a mountain?


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 16:29

That happened to me once too. What a mess! But I don't start using the GH until March. OH gave me a little electric heater.

Are there seeds that don't like very cold storage?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 16:27

Thank you, nutcutlet, forgot about the seed bank at Kew. But they dry the seeds well. That GC is my main source of seeds here in France.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 13:15

Rhododendrons like dappled shade, but this article from the RHS says that dwarf alpine ones will grow in sun if kept moist.

Could you grow a different shrub? Lonicera nitida can replace box for hedging. Or another evergreen like Choisya? Sundance and Aztec Pearl are smaller than the usual one. Or there is a small variety of Photinia Red Robin called "Little Red Robin".


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 13:05

I post on 2 gardening forums, not a secret, and I sometimes look at others, including a French one. But my French spelling is so appalling I never write on it! I wonder if the other one I post on is the one KEF and Lily lurk on? Happy to have friendly lurkers, join in if you like. Does this forum have a place where it tells you if there are anonymous people looking in? I expect it's to big for that. Gardening forums are great for people like me in a foreign country, feel less isolated. I have some French friends, of course, but they aren't interested in gardening.

Are there seeds that don't like very cold storage?

Posted: 05/02/2015 at 12:50

I went to the Garden Centre today. They were having a complete reshuffle and the wall that divides the pets bit had been demolished. Loads of stuff, all the tools, fertilisers etc had been moved to the big unheated greenhouse area where they keep perennials, bulbs, pots and furniture. It was freezing! The potato tubers were there and dahlias, cannas and lilies (just in), also all the seeds.

 Does anyone know if there are seeds from plants that aren't hardy that mind being kept very cold? It's been down to -8° several times at night and the GH area is open fronted, felt very cold today.


Posted: 05/02/2015 at 09:40

Morning all. -3°. Sleet when I fed the horses.
Going out for some bits and pieces, like ink for the printer.

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