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Latest posts by Busy-Lizzie

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 23:04

Obelix, if you come back here, I planted a rhubarb plant some years ago, ants built a huge nest in it and it died. So, 3 years ago I bought 2 more plants and 1 died, the other looks sickly. 2 years ago I bought 2 more plants, different variety and they haven't grown at all. Leaves go limp. I dug in lots of rotted manure and did what the books say. But I'm in Dordogne, not Charente, on a limestone ridge.


Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:23

Has everyone gone out for the day? We've got back from Remembrance Service and lunch out.

Have I time to dig 3 huge cannas from a pot before dark? Will they be OK in a box wrapped in fleece in a garage, even if it's below freezing outside? Really must look them up, never overwintered one before.

To late to plant foxgloves?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:14

Brilliant idea Verdun! Yesterday I planted foxgloves and a geum "Totally Tangerine". I also planted some tulips and forget-me-nots. The geum is quite big already and foxgloves do OK through the winter here, usually seed themselves and slugs don't eat them.

Front "garden" needs some inspiration!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:10

If it doesn't get much sun you could plant something like hardy fuschias.

What do you do next with cuttings that have taken pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:07

I would do as Verdun says, in fact I just have. The roots are ready to pot on, the plants will be grateful for it in the spring.

Lovely little lupins - is it best to just leave these pls?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:03

Especially slugs and snails! Mine were like that until a snail found them. Keep them in the GH until spring. If you plant them out now the slugs and snails will certainly get them.

Pruning climbing roses

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 16:01

I would cut off the skinny stems in February March. Keep the 2 strong ones and cut off side shoots to a bud about 2 - 3 buds from the main stem. It will grow more stems next year when it gets going, if fed and watered.

I accidentally grew tomatoes!!

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:57

Dig it up, it won't survive the winter. Start again in the spring, if you want to grow them, with fresh seed or little bought plants. If it was an F1 hybrid originally it won't come true from seed anyway. Tomato seeds need warmth to germinate so seeds left outside will germinate too late to get the best crop off them. 

Strictly 2014

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 15:46

KEF, I feel the same about feet, was really going to make an effort to watch them but the cameraman thought otherwise!

Bluebells as a table centrepiece

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 21:28

I agree with lily, blue pansies, violas even better, are reliable, grow in pots and look good. I bought lots as plug plants and they are in my outside pots now. They will flower into June when I have to dig them up to make way for summer bedding.

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