Latest posts by fidgetbones

Penstemons .

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 11:39

If the tips are growing and roots coming out of the bottom, I would pot them on singly into 10 cm pots of good potting compost. Keep them protected until spring and pinch out the growing tips to make them bush. They will not need heat, just protection from the worst of the weather, cold frame will be fine.

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 11:37

I have mixed opinions on it. Done well, and trimmed regularly, and with the right setting, it can look good.  Untrimmed it looks bad. In the wrong setting, it looks bad.  I think overall I would prefer a good cultivar of Acer palmatum dissectum, with good autumn colour.

Those blowsy, shapeless things.....

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 10:13

Cafe au lait. First year from a bought tuber it struggled. This year it has huge flowers on a Bush five foot high. One flower would make a bridal bouquet, or just singly in a vase.  Love it.

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:52

Are you in  China?

Special Plant in garden

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:26

You first.

Still picking raspberrys

Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:07

Polka have now finished, but the new canes on Terri Louise are producing well, but not as good a flavour as in June. I get two crops a year off Terri Louise. Last years canes get tipped in winter, and produce fruit on last years canes in June. I then cut those canes out, and this years  canes produce fruit from September to frosts.  An ideal variety for double cropping and superb flavour, but a tendency to wander around, sending up canes three feet away.


Posted: 30/10/2016 at 09:03

I have an old  worcester that fruits every year, never gets fed, hardly ever gets pruned, and produces so much fruit that  I struggle to give it away after I have filled the freezer. A three year old Jonagold has scabby apples here. I look at it with a view to getting rid. A Cox planted at the same time, reputedly difficult , has produced some gorgeous fruit this year.  Much depends on soil conditions and microclimate.  As Verdun says, some suit one area better than others. Rosemoor has an orchard, with varieties suitable for Devon.

Compost in pots, reknew or feed?

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 22:59

If they have one permanent plant in, topdress with a mixture of compost and a fertiliser. If using for annuals or veg as temporary homes, I would use new each time.

What are you growing?


Posted: 29/10/2016 at 09:49

 I know you don't get many frosts down there, but Tibouchina is a conservatory plant here. Frost will kill it. It could go outside for the summer. 

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 29/10/2016 at 08:33

Thank the cat, sometimes in summer we organise garden visits. Places like Hodsock priory for snowdrop, or Barnsdale, or Bressingham gardens. A lot of plant swapping goes on in the car parks at the end.  What part of the country do you live in ?

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