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flowering rhubarb

Posted: 01/05/2013 at 15:05

My daughter has just shown me the rhubarb plant I gave her 2 years ago. It had 5 big stems of flowers on it. I've never seen rhubarb flowering before . My grandad had a huge clump and in all my childhood I never saw a flower on it at all. I suggested she cut the flowers off as it might weaken the crown. Should we now feed it or is it because the ground is so rich that this has happened. She's next to a woodland so she gets a lot of leaf mould on her veg patch, and the soil is dark and rich.

I cut the stems off down to a leaf but should they have been cut to the soil level?

Hypericum Magical Red Star Pruning?

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 14:23

These are a tall variety, currently still with last year's berries on and standing 3ft tall!

Hoya tips

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 14:17

I've inherited a large one of these and mine has not flowered well for 2 years since I moved it. It liked being on a north facing windowsill and had up to 10 flower clusters on it each year. I had to move it and I only got one flower last year. My north facing room was cooler, so maybe they don't like it too hot and dry.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 11:22

Erigeron glaucus is a favourite. I know it grows everywhere once you've got it but it's so dainty and I love the shades of pink turning to white. Mind you I am a daisy nut, and another fav is Esther Reed- Leucanthemum really, so I'm cheating.!

Hypericum Magical Red Star Pruning?

Posted: 15/04/2013 at 11:18

Although I've had this growing for a few years I've not been able to find out when I should cut this back. I usually take about a third off the top each spring, but the clump is getting taller and taller. So I'm wondering if I'm not cutting enough off. Anyone out there got one as well. I love it for the red berries, that turn black and look fabulous with a frost on them. So it has a good interest all year.

Our own A to Z of our Gardening

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:37

Favourite 'C's' caryopteris, coreopsis,(bloom for ages) and couldn't live without my clematis' or ceanothus. Then onto 'D's' all forms of dianthus family.

primrose attack

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:24

Mine are all nibbled as well, even the polyanthus coloured ones, but we never see a sparrow here so it must be a favourite of another bird as well.

had your final frost yet - taking a gamble?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:16

Essex here should be warmer from now on, but I've even known a frost early May on a warm year. No knowing if we'll have one later, but for now I'm keeping fingers crossed and will get the seedlings off the windowsills and into the cold greenhouse.

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:13

Don't panic Olivedog, that's not a willow, just a hazel, with those catkins. It will probably grow to about 10ft maximum depending on the variety. It still may be wise to move it away from the house a bit though. Good luck

Twisted Willow

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 16:52

A word of warning- make sure you put it somewhere suitable as they can get very big over time. I grew mine from a twig no fatter than a pencil, that I cut off my Mum in laws tree. 40 years later it was 40ft tall with a trunk that's 18inches across at waist height. We had 10ft taken off the top 2 years ago to reuduce the shade, but it is still a magnificent  specimen.

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