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Few Id's please

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 14:58

Yes, Honesty is much happier if you just throw some seeds in a corner of the garden and leave them to it

Few Id's please

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 14:37

Don't know which euphorbias you've got - someone else will probably know.

I'll do the easy one - the lovely lilac flower is purple Honesty Lunaria annua - the one that has the lovely circular  transparent seedheads in the autumn

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 14:32

Pdoc - what a lovely garden you must have ... a pair of dippers and a song thrush family on its way - very very envious.

I've just spent a lovely couple of hours pricking out the tomatoes and cosmos seedlings, taking salvia cuttings and sowing sweetcorn and pattypan squashes. 

The tomatoes and cosmos are in the little greenhouse - will I be brave enough to leave them out there overnight, or shall I bring them in and put them on the dining table overnight  ?  ..................... just checked the Met Office website - I'll bring them indoors for the next few nights - the temp's going to drop to 1C tomorrow night - then things are going to be a bit milder after that. 

I also pulled nearly 2.5 kilos of rhubarb from my one plant  - and I still left one third on the plant ... it's in a big dish in the oven with some sugar and covered with foil.  Some of it will be for breakfasts next week, and some will go into a Rhubarb and Custard Cake

Unknown plant help

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 12:54

I agree - Iris foetidissima

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 12:37

Speaking of pricking out - just doing my toms - one of my Sungolds has three cotyledons - is that unusual or have I just been really unobservant in the past?

Different growing medium for pots

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 12:33

Good for you Andy - ask away - no one knows it all and if you don't ask you won't find out

For plants that are going to be in the container for more than one season I would use John Innes Loam-based compost No 3 - it will has a structure that will last and not break down to dust like ordinary MPC will do over time.  It also has the right nutrients to feed a mature plant for at least one season. 

I would add a few handfuls of horticultural grit for the cordyline as it likes really well drained soil.

Personally I wouldn't put the Viburnum burkwoodii into a container - it'll be much happier planted out into the garden - they grow into very large shrubs.   

Charlie Dimmock

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:22

Sorry aym, confused here  what's that got to do with the celebrity culture and society judging people by their physical appearance?

Charlie Dimmock

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 11:04
aym280 wrote (see)

Never meant as disparaging remarks. Each to his/her own. Freedom of speech is to be respected. I rue the day we cannot say anything without being hunted down... 

Absolutely agree aym

And we have to remember that with freedom comes responsibility - the number of youngsters with body dysmorphia, anorexia and mental health problems because of the west's fixation with appearance is so sad. 

Let's glory in each human body's individuality

Can anyone identify this purple five-petal flower?

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 10:59

The trick with vinca is to watch out for when it's throwing out long shoots - they will touch the ground and form new plants - I cut the whole plant hard back to a few inches before those shoots are able to do that.  Of course, if you want a few more plants you can let them root and then cut the connecting stem, dig up the new plant and put it where you want it. 

Watercress...would you....

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 10:20

I wouldn't eat it if the stream passes through grazed pasture - even if the cattle are off the land for some of the time.  Not sure of the biology, but I wouldn't risk it.

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