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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 19:33


 Some tulips I had from Parkers as a freeby. Short stems though. They look like they are drowning in a sea of forgetmenots.


Posted: 21/04/2016 at 16:53



 On the left are grown in Levington. On the right are two grown in J Arthur Bowers. All potted the same day from a batch of plugs of primula fire dragon sent from Parkers.  If I hadn't split the batch, I would have blamed Parkers.

Others from this batch that are now in soil in the garden have recovered and are flowering.

He's a notty boy !

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 16:48

No, all of mine are deep blue. They originally came from a packet of Sarah Ravens labelled as deep blue. Not many in the original packet of seed, but as they are big seeds, I collected a hundred or so and then sow in plug trays individually. Very easy.

He's a notty boy !

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 14:07

No they never self seed. i collect the seeds as they are turning brown or black, they squeeze out of the pods. I sowed them last Sunday, they are just starting to germinate.


Posted: 21/04/2016 at 14:04

Last year I ran out of my usual Levington pro M3, so I picked up a bag of Arthur Bowers. as i was potting on primula plugs like the one on the bag I thought they would be OK. The few I potted into the levingtons are fine. The ones I potted into Arthur Bowers, the roots have barely left the plug shape,the  leaves are yellow and poor. Some I have shaken the compost off and put into the garden are much better now after only a week.  M3 has fertiliser in for three months growing season. Arthur Bowers has feed in for six weeks apparently, but that would not explain why the roots would not grow into it.

Levington M3 is more expensive, but I will stick with it in future.

My Lobelia isn't flowering

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 13:58


He's a notty boy !

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 12:07

My S patens always sets seed. Its how I propagate it from year to year. Dug up tubers from last year,overwintered like dahlias will flower first, and this years seedling will flower later.

HELLO FORKERS April 2016 Edition

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 11:40

Youre only a spring chicken yet, Joyce. It should flower in about three years. Then you will have 20 years of pleasure.


Posted: 21/04/2016 at 11:39

that link should work.

Edd keeps several in different places.

My compost heap is in the shade, because only kitchen waste got added over winter, it turned into a wormery in the top foot or so, it was seething with brandlings.

I think in full sun,it would get too hot in a wormery, but semi shade or shade outdoors should be fine

He's a notty boy !

Posted: 21/04/2016 at 11:33

My hubby has only voted once in his life. He considers all politicians to be pigs with their snouts in the trough, who lie to the rest of us most of the time, either by not answering a question, or by fudging the answer.  Lies, damn lies and statistics.  His sister worked for an MP for a long time. She is definitely a guardian reading champagne socialist.  I was brought up in an area where they could put up a chimpanzee  in a red rosette and it would get  voted into parliament.

I have no doubt that what half of my family voted for, the other half cancelled out.

It doesn't mean that we don't all get together several times a year for a good knees up.

Change of tack.... Verdun did your salvia wendys wish survive the winter? Does it set seed like Salvia patens.?

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