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Latest posts by cairnsie

plastic greenhouse

Posted: 10/03/2015 at 17:39

Do you mean one of the smaller types you can get from stores such as aldi poundstrecher, or a large greenhouse with plastic panels

How toxic is larkspur?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 16:43

yeah i mean i actually have a delphinium magic fountain and the reports i have read are mixed and poisonings are rare as they plants don’t taste nice its just i would hate to think i have grown something toxic in the garden that caused him harm. I was not sure if the annuals were particularly toxic compared to the perenial variety. Of course we would always be watching him. I know foxgloves would not require much to be eaten to be lethal especially for a child hence why i got rid. Thanks for the reply.

How toxic is larkspur?

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 15:59

I have a young child and was going to try some larkspur this year but read they are toxic. I will not be growing foxglove this year and have pulled out all the foxglove seedlings in my garden. Should I grow something else?

How do i grow cascading Lobelia from seed?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:40

Ive never really been successful with lobelia mine always look staggly and poor and require alot of effort to grow. I have however have them self seed in pavement cracks under my pots. They arnt hardy and wont survive a frost so need to be grown in a frost free place. They do look nice in baskets though

roses

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:29

I have a zepherine drouhin and it really does smell nice and has flowered well.

Why were my cornflowers poor last year

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 19:12

Thanks for the advice i may definitely try to feed them this year as the first year i planted them i had thrown compost and manure in the soil. I have found it difficult to properly mulch the soil since due to all the surrounding plants. I thought cornflowers liked poor soil so didnt think it would be an issue

Why were my cornflowers poor last year

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 22:44

Last year my cornflowers were very staggly, didnt flower very well. Compaired to the year before they were terrible. I started them off indoors and then straight into a unheated greenhouse the first time i grew them and got good plants. The last time i simply sowed them into the ground. Would this be the cause? Should i try to sow them in pots again.

Thanks for any help

Recommendations for direct sown annuals

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 20:28

As my wife had a baby last year I lost most of my space for growing plants indoors so i sowed lots of hardy annuals directly. I tend not have a lot of ferns or grasses and grow sweet peas Lupins delphiniums snap dragon etc. I found candytuft, godetia, Californian poppy and alyssum and nasturtium all did really well from a direct sowing. The main problem is keeping things such as slugs and aphids off them. My alyssum was still flowing in November. I also grew dwarf sweet pea cupid but i find they require too much deadheading to keep going.

seeds, what now?

Posted: 02/03/2015 at 18:53

Stocks are not as hardy as aquilegia. I did have mine in a cold frame last year from mid march but I dont think we had a really hard frost after that date. I stuck a few in my cold frame 2 weeks ago to see if they would survive and they are still alive. I do only live 2 miles from the coast so my night time temps dont go really low like they do inland. I would keep them on the windowsill for a while yet.

Nastursiums

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 22:10

I grow them in pots they will seed everywhere but easy to pull out. They grow well in pots. Main problem i had was slugs killing the seedlings and aphids.

Discussions started by cairnsie

Candytuft or weed

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How toxic is larkspur?

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Last Post: 08/03/2015 at 16:48

Why were my cornflowers poor last year

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Last Post: 03/03/2015 at 19:12

Anyone grown Linaria maroccana (moroccan toadflax)

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Nasturtium leaves yellowing

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Rust on mallow

Best ways to control 
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Ladybird larva and bug houses.

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Evergreen plant to use a privacy screening that are thin

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Aphids particularly bad this year?

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Aphids particularly bad this year?

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Dahlia and last frost dates

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Anybody watching The Big Allotment Challenge

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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 15:10

Anyone side planted pansies in baskets

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When to direct sow the following outside

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Last Post: 30/03/2014 at 20:07

Black eyed susan/Dahlia seedling?

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