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modest hellebores

Posted: 16/02/2013 at 17:11

I suspected as much as I'd never seen it done.  Thanks everyone.  Well I'll just have to get some lovely new ones that face up and increase my collection so that I can put some at the top of the slope and some in a bowl of water.  

modest hellebores

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 18:24

Hi, can you grow a hellebore in a hanging basket?  It would be nice to see their flowers without having to lift them up each time.

Help! Droopy fig

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 18:21

I bought a small brown turkey fig from the garden centre in the summer and I read that you have to bring it indoors in October so I did.  It sits on a table in the kitchen, not too close to the french windows to avoid drafts, but not in total darkness either.  Anyway, some of the leaves recently went all floppy.   As the soil was dry I gave it a water.  These leaves didn't perk up so I gave it another water.  The leaves still haven't perked up.  What can I do?  There are 6 leaves on it and 4 of them have gone droopy.  Please help.

potato varieties

Posted: 31/12/2012 at 12:15

I have just read that January is the time to start chitting potatoes.  I thought I would try to grow some in patio bags but would like to grow something that I can't buy (cheaper) in the supermarket.  Can anyone recommend any varieties please?

GW competitions.

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:23

not yet but I'll keep trying.  I once entered a Telegraph competition for some solar panels and I didn't win but they sent me a book instead on how to film wildlife which was nice but rather random.

Winter containers

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:19

I've been thinking about getting a holly in a pot to make the front garden look Christmassy.  Apparently JC van Tol is self fertile so there may even be Christmassy berries.

Depending on how big your planter is I suppose you could put a couple of bricks in the bottom if its standing on paving, or maybe some sort of pole throught the drainage hole into the ground to anchor it if its over a flower bed.

greenhouse vs coldframe

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 21:09

Hi, I don't have much room and I like to grow plants from seed.  Would people recommend I get a small greenhouse or a coldframe?  The only smallish greenhouses seem to be those ones in the plastic 'jackets' and they always seem to break - the zip goes or the plastic joints break.

I won't be growing anything that needs to spend its whole life inside like fussy tomatoes, I'll grow outside types, but I would like to grow some half hardy annuals and hardy annuals and perennials that like a cosy start.

Slugs and snails

Posted: 11/08/2012 at 18:50

I have copied down Carol Klein's advice from Gardeners' World on Friday for slug resistant plants - a most welcome feature.  Here they are:


agastache 'Blackadder' giant hyssop


digitalis foxgloves


helleorus hybridus lenten rose

knautia macedonica 'Red Knight'

penstemon heterophyllus 'Heavenly Blue' foothill penstemon

ranunculae - buttercup family (aconites)

rosaceae (alchemilla, crataegus, cotoneaster, prunus, rosa, rubus, sorbus)

sedum 'Jose Aubergine' ice plant

sidalcea 'Elsie Heugh' prairie mallow


Happy slug free gardening

Small tree - any ideas please?

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:14

Well that's that decided then.  I love amelanchier too but thought it would be too bushy - this one sounds greeat, thanks very much lilylouise.

short climbers???

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 09:11

Ooh thanks both of you, I wouldn't have thought of jasmin and I've never heard of the Boulevard clematis but I think I'll try and squeeze both in.  This website is great, you're all so helpful.

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