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Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Posted: 05/10/2014 at 11:40
Hi Chris. Yes did hear that it's very attractive to butterflies. So if the two lads don't like it, hopefully it'll appeal to someone (or rather something!) else!

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 19:40
Thanks a million for your advice; this has really helped as I couldn't find anything useful online.

Have two neutered males and a spayed female feral who comes to visit every now and again so will be interesting to see what they make of it!

Thanks again,
Em

Catnip (Nepeta cataria)

Posted: 04/10/2014 at 14:52

Taking my 'crazy cat lady' reputation to new heights and am planting some catnip for my furry monsters.

Seeds were late coming in from T&M (apparently they had to wait for a delivery) so I planted some at the end of August when I got them and have left them on a sunny windowsill. They've shooted well but not sure what to do with them now.  Is it too late to put them outside?  Was going to keep them pot-bound, as being a member of the mint family the shoots will no doubt spread if I put them into the ground.

Was thinking of just a window box for now - planting the shoots in that and leaving them outside?  It's a sturdy enough plant to grow apparently - frost hardy anyway - but temperature is dropping here now so don't want to kill off the shoots either.

Any advice appreciated.

Thanks,
em

 

Growing hyacinths in water, growth seems to have stopped!

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 21:19

Ok, will do that tomorrow, thanks a million!

Growing hyacinths in water, growth seems to have stopped!

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:38

Left them in a dark cupboard with the bases just above the waterline so that they wouldn't rot.  There are a few roots, which are sitting in the water now, but the base of the bulb isn't in the water - should it be?

Growing hyacinths in water, growth seems to have stopped!

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 19:24

Hi everyone,

My god-daughter bought me two hyacinth bulbs at christmas, with hyacinth vases, for growing in water.  I followed the instructions in the boxes (to leave them in darkness for six weeks, which was mid-Feb, and to then bring them out when the roots had started to grow).  The problem is that they haven't done very much since!  There's only about three or four roots on each bulb, only about 1cm long, with the stem of the shoots only about 3cm high.  The shoots look healthy but are growing so slowly (if at all) it's ridiculous.  What can I do to encourage them along?  Is the best thing at this stage to repot them into some potting compost and get rid of the water altogether?

Any advice appreciated, thanks!

Wet Irish summer has battered my potted lavender

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 12:40

Thanks for the posts

The variety is 'Blue Star'. 

It's in the sunniest place it can be so I'll leave it there and will just take off the shoots that are completely dead.

That's a good tip about bubblewrap, must remember that, have a load of it in work so will stash some into my bag next week!

Can I keep iris bulbs until the spring or should I plant them now?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 12:16

That's great, thanks so much.  What was concerning me is that we've already had frost and I was afraid if I potted them and left them out that the frost would kill them before they'd had a chance to root properly. 

That's my job for today!!

Can I keep iris bulbs until the spring or should I plant them now?

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:56

My aunt has given me a lot of iris bulbs but it's a bit late for potting now (read somewhere that planting time is Aug/Sept.  Is it ok to keep these in a cool dark place (was thinking of the garden shed, wrapped in a paper bag) until the spring?  Or is it ok to plant them now but keep them inside for the winter?

Thanks!

Wet Irish summer has battered my potted lavender

Posted: 06/10/2012 at 09:43

Hi all,

Been a while since I posted last.  Hope everyone's well.

I bought a gorgeous potted lavender at Bloom (Irish gardening exhibition) in June.  We've had a very wet summer though and it's looking very sorry for itself now.   I don't want to lose it and there's still a lot of live growth on it, but it also needs a prune now because the dead growth is making it look very straggly.

Any tips on how I can restore it?  I know this isn't the ideal time for repotting, but I don't know what the soil quality is like at the moment so I was going to repot it and add a bit of grit (because lavenders like well drained soil), and maybe move it indoors for a while as the first of the frost is on its way.  I was also going to remove the dead growth.

Any advice would be welcome - I don't want to lose it.

Thanks!

 

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