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Dahlia Lover

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Plant identification 1

Posted: 10/04/2014 at 11:09

Yes Geum's are very easy hardy perennials to grow I have 10 in my garden 7 of which I grew from seed and where I live in the south they keep most of their leaves over winter.  If you keep deadheading they flower their socks off some of them right into autumn.


Posted: 26/08/2013 at 13:07

Hi folks, as you can see from my title I am a very keen dahlia grower and have been growing them from seed for several years.  At the moment I have about 60, I did have more but ran out of space to store them (in boxes in cupboard under the stairs), so gave lots away. My neighbours 100 year old brick wall collapsed on my flower bed last winter so I have had to replant and until the shrubs mature I have filled the bed with dahlias, I grow mostly singles and have had more bees and butterfly's in the garden than ever before here's a picture.



Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:28

You could try covering them in a fleeced frame to extend the season if they have not grown big enough by autumn.


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 13:24

Hi Rosanna, how about euonymous emerald n gold, it really shines out on dull winter days, will grow in both part shade and sun can be kept compact with pruning, also small leaf hebe's are great my favourite is purple pixie which flowers from june till about february here in the south even through the snow.  Cistus are great evergreen's too and have flowers in may/june.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 13:28

Thanks for your prompt replies folks.  The type of chilli is called Caldero it's sweet and not too hot and recommended for growing in pots. Crazycat, I took the chilli's that were starting to rot off the plant straight away, I've been watering the floor of the greenhouse when the weather was very hot to create humidity and kept the door and two windows open, I even put the chilli plants outside on extremely hot days and by this time last year the same type of chilli's were only half the size and were already turning red.  Anyway I shall take your advice and cut one off and place it on my kitchen windowsill, I'll let you know if it works.

Many thanks again



Posted: 12/08/2013 at 12:23

I grow dahlias from seed every year, if you sow them early enough not only will they be in flower by June/July they will also form a tuber for future years.  I have had very good success with Bishop's Children - dark leaves and brightly coloured flowers, Redskin Mixed - dark leaves assorted coloured flowers, Double Extreme Mixed - green leaves assorted colours and this year I have grown Yankee Doodle Dandy which have two toned coloured flowers and green leaves.  None of these are the very tall blousy Dahlia's that you see on allotments with flower heads the size of dinner plates, so you do not have to stake them.  They have daisy like flowers that the bees absolutely love, my garden is full of dahlia's hence it's full of bees and I highly recommend them.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 12:04

I have 5 sweet chilli plants in pots in my greenhouse each plant has about 8 chilli's on it which just keep getting bigger and bigger, they are about the size of normal peppers, but none are turning red some have even started to rot.  The plants also keep getting taller with more flowers and fruits being produced. Yesterday I removed all the growing tips, flowers and small fruits and cut off some of the leaves as I do with my tomato plants, in the hopes that this will make them turn red.  I grew the same chilli's last year and had no problems with them, the only difference to the growing conditions this year is that they are in larger pots and of course the weather has been much hotter.  I only water them when they are dry and only feed them every two weeks.  Can anyone please tell me what I am doing wrong.


Posted: 01/11/2012 at 16:17

Yes, I know it seems stange, but you have to pot up or plant out spring flowering bulbs from September until November at the latest and after they have flowered just take off the spent flower heads and leave the stalk and leaves to die down, that replenishes the bulbs and enables them to flower the next spring. Don't worry I've been gardening for about 20 years and there are still things I need advice on and I have found the gardening community to be very helpful and forthcoming with advice. Gardener's World Mag is a good source too.


Posted: 01/11/2012 at 16:00

You could try some evergreen shrubs, the following don't need much attention. Hebe's are good, come in all sizes and flower at different times of the year,  Hebe Purple Pixie flowers nearly all year long.  Euonymous are good variegated shrubs and come in different shades. I could also recommend Lonicera nitida Baggenssen's Gold it really stands out especially this time of year. Another evergreen shrub you could try is Cistus (Rock Rose) has pretty pink or white flowers.  Hope this helps

Verbena Bonariensis

Posted: 01/11/2012 at 13:02

It depends on where you live as VB are not always hardy, I live just south of Oxford and have lost several of these in bad winters, so I don't cut mine down until my spring tidy-up, usually March, this protects the new growth and also allows them to self seed.  If they seed themselves too much just dig up the ones you don't want, pot up and give them to friends.

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