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Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:10
fidgetbones wrote (see)

You could broadcast the seed where you want it, but I sow indoors into plug trays, and then pot on into 7cm pots, then plant in final position in September to flower next year.

Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis ) are hardy short lived perennials.

Fidget, that's like saying a Rolls Royce is a car ............. Sweet Rocket is a hardy short-lived perennial with probably the most intoxicating evening perfume it's possible to grow outside in the UK 

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 13:56
Verdun wrote (see)

............, common gorse is wonderful when massed on our Towans and we can walk amongst it,......

Oh yes Verdun, the smell of gorse on a hot sunny day - absolutely intoxicating!

How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:21

I think this is what is being bought

5m 60cm+ Native Hedging Mix Natural Wildlife Thorn Blackthorn Maple Hazel Beech  See original listing$_12.JPG


    Item condition: --  

“All plants in this native hedging mix have been grown on site and are lifted fresh to order.”



Presumably these are 60cm whips.

Garlic Planting

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:14

I don't like using sharp sand for drainage - I've never found it effective - I prefer to use coarse grit. 

Re using last years patio pots

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:13

I do, but if you want to economise you can replace just the top half - but tip them out and go through the old compost to check for vine weevils and any other nasties first 

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:10

You'd be better off asking what I don't sniff - the leaves of Crown Imperial lilies and red and black currant bushes - the leaves of some roses smell amazing - Mme Alfred Carriere particularly, tomato leaves and stems, Herb Robert, all the herbs of course, fresh mown grass, a sun-parched garden with rain falling on it, a field of flowering field beans, a freshly harvested wheat field  ............

rose pruning - sealant?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:02

In the UK there is absolutely no need to seal the stems of rose bushes when pruning 

I've seen this recommended on Wiki How - I think it's written for US gardeners. 


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:23

Just realised I've not dead-headed the hydrangea!!!!!!!!!  That will have to be done today.  

Talkback: How to grow autumn-fruiting raspberries

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:30

Give them a dose of Fish Blood and Bone about now, and maybe water in some potash too.  If your soil is on the alkaline side water in a couple of teaspoons of epsom salts too.  

Raspberries need quite a bit of water to produce fruit, so when you see them starting to flower make sure you give them a good soaking during dry spells.  I water mine whenever I water the runner beans. 

Carrots and turnips

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 09:28

Allium, try growing stump rooted varieties like chantenay 

Discussions started by Dovefromabove

Planning planting combinations

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Courgettes - when dare I ............... ?

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Snowdrops in the green - offer

plant offer in the Guardian 
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Using water from flat roof

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The first one I've seen this year - 2014

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New gardening prog on Radio 4 Extra

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New Year's Day 2014 Flower Count

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What is this ornamental tree please?

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Alcofrolic fruits for Christmas

Probably a little late for this year but .... 
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Growing Mushrooms

Has anyone done it on purpose? 
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