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Help Wallflowers

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 13:05

Might be - and overcrowding.  I'd be planting mine out in the garden about 12" apart.

What a shame.  Have you got any left that still have roots on?  If so I'd plant them out in the garden in a sunny spot.


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 12:40

Hi Punkdoc - that's why people play rugby in the winter - so we can watch it on the telly when it's too wet to garden.  The same goes for National Hunt racing

I've actually got a line of washing flapping on the line - it looks as if it's getting dry! 

Help Wallflowers

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 12:07

They have no roots? 

What were the roots like when you got them? 

Where did you get them?

What did you plant them in and how did you treat them after planting?

Wallflowers like free-draining situations - their name refers to the fact that they will happily grow in stone walls and cliff faces. 

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 10:51
Fiona MacDonald wrote (see)

Thanks pansyface and dovefromabove (what made you choose this name?). 

We're big fans of Vic Reeves & Bob Mortimer's Shooting Stars and when I was casting around for a name for this forum our garden was full of pigeons - it seemed to fit.   

Forcing Hyacinths

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 10:45

Well, you can grow them in pots as you would prepared bulbs, but they won't flower until spring.  They need a period of chilling so that they think they've had a winter and the spring has arrived - without that they won't actually be 'forced' - that's what prepared bulbs are  - they are bulbs that have been chilled.  But I don't know for how long ........

Bluebells as a table centrepiece

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:51

I'm afraid I agree with Nut - I've never seen them looking happy in pots and also I think they usually flower earlier (depending on weather of course).

I know they're not blue, but I'm wondering whether cowslips might be an acceptable alternative.  They seem quite amenable to being grown in pots - I often see them in pots in the Wildlife Garden section of garden centres.  I think the flowers last longer than bluebells too as long as they're in cool shade, so they could be 'controlled' and brought out into warm sunshine a few days before 'the day' to look at their best. 

Pruning Sambucus Nigra black lace

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:43

If you're growing it for it's foliage then it's usually cut hard back as you say.  However, if you want the flowers and berries then it's usually only trimmed as needed after flowering in order to keep it a reasonable size. 

If it's looking a bit leggy now I'd cut it hard back after the leaves have fallen.  It's very young and this will encourage more growth from the base and thicken it up. 

As you say, as you're in a windy spot cutting it back earlier in the winter will help prevent wind-rock allowing water to freeze around the roots.

However cutting it all hard back will mean you get good foliage at the expense of flowers, so when it's a bit more developed you can choose not to hard prune, or to only take one third of the canes out each year, keeping the growth rejuvenated but also allowing the older two thirds of canes to flower.

Meany or being careful !

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 09:32

Verdun, horrifyingly  you share that trait with my ex!  However, from the sounds of things you seem to have adoped more successful strategies than he ever did.   Nowadays I think Mrs C #2 keeps him strictly under control 

Meany or being careful !

Posted: 08/11/2014 at 07:25

There's places you can haggle (car dealershops, mobile phone shops, buying furniture etc)  and there's places you can't - Boots the Chemist, Tesco, Sainsbugs, Waitrose, M&S .... oh, and every petrol station I've ever come across. 


Posted: 08/11/2014 at 07:19

Chuckling here

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