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Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:12

I sowed some packet seeds on 13th May and nothing happened for 4 weeks. They are very slow growing and they are still only about 1cm high. Could be that wretched seed compost. I dare not prick them out yet as they are only just getting their 2nd leaves. At this speed I doubt I'll get flowers this year unless they get a move on!

Vibel French beans

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 21:04

Oh yes I remember that now. It's the old brain cells. Not what they were. Yes I wish I could get some more of those for next year. They were fabulous.

By the way kate, you really started something with your fork handles! Are you going for the record of the most messages and readers?

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 20:52

I think that the more people who grumble to Points of View, then the BBc will know how we all feel. I agree with gardeners wife that we did not need to talk for 45 mins before the match that was then on till nearly 11. GW would have fitted into that slot nicely!

Planting out pot grown roses

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:54

Thanks Alina, I now know what to do once the garden dries a bit. We've had so much rain that when I dug a hole yesterday it filled up with water straight away! I don;t want to lose this one as it's in memory of my Dad. I'm collecting plants with names of those no longer with us, in my memory border.

Vibel French beans

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:48

2 years ago I had some fabulous french climbers. Don't know what variety as they were the free ones from the 'Dig In' promotion from the BBC. They climbed right up an arch and over the top . I was picking beans every day . These Fasoid have pretty lavender flowers and curly beans. I can't see a straight one on there at all. But I've never had to teach a bean to climb before! I keep curling the shoot round the cane and tying it, hoping it stays put!

Evergreen Shrubs

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:34

Glad I could help. The first of my 8 different bushes is just coming to flower as I speak. Big flower spikes a bit like a bottlebrush but purple.

Compost, they reckon !!!

Posted: 25/06/2012 at 19:31

I've had some very bad results with my seed compost. The honesty seeds I sowed have produced 4 tiny plants out of 24 seeds. The tomato seeds I sowed on 26th March have reached the dizzy height of 3inches! Just as well I bought some plants at the car boot sale as we would be waiting for them to fruit this time next year. How can they say on the bag 'All the goodness needed to give your seeds the best start'! RUBBISH. I think the rest of the sack will go in the compost heap.

Vibel French beans

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 16:21

I'm wondering about some that I've grown. They are T&M climbing bean 'Fasoid' but they don't seem to be climbing at all, and are producing flowers and beans so close to the ground that the slugs will be eating them! Even the top shoots don't seem to want to curl round the canes. Very odd.

Did you grow yours from seed?

Planting out pot grown roses

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 15:44

I've just bought a Paul's scarlet climber in a pot.It was from a nursery that closed down. It's in a large 12" pot but there is hardly any green foliage on it and 2 small flowers. I guess it's been in it for ages and badly needs to go into the garden. Should I prune the straggly bits back? Also it's got moss and weeds growing on the surface so I'd like to remove the top couple of inches of soil. Will this be OK? I don't know much about roses- can't you tell!

Hebe Help!!

Posted: 24/06/2012 at 14:42

Yours sounds like one that I've got. To be on the safe side , push some of the bits you cut off into some pots. I've done this when I've knocked a bit off with the mower by carelessness, and they always take. Very easy to propagate, so after a few years you could replace the old one with a new plant.

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