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Plant Labels

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:17

I only use the white labels in the GH. I keep a detailed plant diary, and alphabetical plant list once they are out in the garden. I make a note of the exact spot ie. behind lavender, and between escallonia and euphorbia right hand border. That way there's no doubt and I can go back to the diary at any time and go straight to the plant. I always take off the labels from the nursery and store in a file , as they usually fade and you can't read them after a while.

My Castor Oil plant is dying

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:09

I have lost the small one I had in the border as it didn't like wet roots for so long in our clay soil. The big one I've got in a huge pot has gone a very light yellowish shade of green and I thought it was because I had left it in the shade of the house, where I winter it. Now I've moved it into the sunny side it is not improving the colour, even after a good feed. Maybe the weather is to blame. I hope I don't lose it.

GW memories 1991

Posted: 04/08/2012 at 15:03

Carol is my favourite to. She didn't seem too comfortable in the clip, and a bit camera shy. Not like she is now. I love her exuberance and simple way of explaining things. Loved her series and wish she would do another. Thanks David.

Can anybody tell us what these flowers are

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:46

Yes erigeron is lovely. I saw It  all over the place when we visited Fowey in cornwall, on pavements, walls etc., and as I'm a daisy freak I had to have some. So I bought a potfull, flowering beautifully from a nursery down there. Sadly I lost it in the following bad winter and was gutted. Then five years later I found a plant coming up in my driveway, and was delighted to find it was erigeron K. I've now let it self seed along paths and stoney bits of garden and I'm a happy bunny! Thank you to the birdie that brought me the seed.

Kew Gardens Admission Offer For August

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:36

Thanks very much, planning to go there this month .

pinks

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:33

I've had the same problem Billy, with lots of buds just drying and going brown before opening. I think it's the wet, as it has  happened before. I just cut them off when I deadhead, with the hope that they may try to bloom again. Nice to know I'm not alone!

What to do with a bucket of snails!!

Posted: 02/08/2012 at 12:27

I don't like to hear the crunch either. I've got a bucket half full with a strong salt and water mix and I go out last thing at night and pick up the snails from the lawn and any slugs I can see on the 2 patios. They all go in the bucket and although they fizz up some bubbles for a couple of seconds, it seems that they are a gonna soon after as they then don't move. I've read stuff on the net about whether they feel pain and there seems to be mixed opinions, but I think the quicker they can die the better. Unless you can take them walkies in the country somewhere!

Is it ok to sow foxgloves now?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 17:11

Yes I planned to do that, along with the verbena bon. seedlings I've grown. I don't want to lose either.

Is it ok to sow foxgloves now?

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 15:31

I've just bought 2 small plants from an open garden day, but I'm scared of planting them out as were are having such a slug problem here. I've got them on a table on the patio until they get a bit hardier. The leaves look so tender and munchable! Not sure when to try them in the border. If the leaves get munched would the roots surviveready for next years growth?

Rhubarb Seeds

Posted: 30/07/2012 at 14:52

I grew some from seed spring 2011 in pots in a cold greenhouse. By summer I had a dozen strong plants that I gave to all the family and planted 3 in my garden. By autumn I had big strong leaves and stems and was tempted to pull just one stem from each plant, twice. They say not to pull at all the first year. I mulched them well through the winter and WOW has my patience been rewarded! This year all the family are pulling and freezing rhubarb every week. I've had loads from my plants. I keep mulching around them with homemade compost and they just keep producing.

If you are a patient person, Insomnia, have a go. Not sure it's the right time of year to sow seed, as it says sow March to April on the packet I have.Likes rich soil and full sun. So now's the time to prepare where you want to grow them. Dig in some good muck, then sow in spring. Good luck!

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