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Fasold beans, any good?

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 12:02

I grew them last year and they were hopeless, but so was the weather, which must have been the reason. Mine only grew to about 1ft tall and had a couple of weedy beans on. Good luck with yours, I hope the sun shines and you get a good crop.

Plant ID please

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 11:59

Looks like my yellow scabious, or cephalaria.Grows to 6 ft usually and the bees  love the flowers. One for the back of borders in my garden due to the height. Comes up every year and the clump will grow. I had to split mine after 4 years as it was getting big.

Peony

Posted: 28/05/2013 at 11:46

I've had the same problem for the last 10 years or more, with lots of healthy leaves but no flowers. Have tried moving the plants to different parts of the garden all to no result. Some say they are planted too deep, but I've taken soil from around the stems, and that doesn't work either. Some years I get small buds but they  turn black and drop off. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, unless they don't like my soil, good on top but clay about a foot down. I've just left them alone with fingers crossed each year that they might just fancy showing me a flower. All mine are the pink ones.

flowering rhubarb

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:13

Many thanks. I'll cut it back a bit lower. I've put those stems in a vase as I'm curious to see what they look like in full bloom.

Philadelphus 'Mrs E.L. Robinson'

Posted: 02/05/2013 at 20:02

We are all guilty of doing that. Taking seeds of nigella,' just in case' which I love , but I've already got them coming up all over the garden. When I prune shrubs I always feel bad about throwing the cuttings away and usually pot them up and tend them religiously until they are growing well. But then I don't know what to do with them! Certainly no space in my garden . You can't see an inch of soil between plants!

I have friends and family who are usually happy to find homes for them.

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.

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