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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:09

Its been wet here overnight but the sun is trying to get through. Supermarket shopping for me today. There is a builders bag next door on the growing rubbish pile. I am going to ask if I can have it, just the thing for all the leaves I forgot to sweep up. I wont mention all the poppy/foxglove/linaria seeds I scattered on their soil banks. (or the rose cuttings)


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:49

Good morning, everyone.

I have some salvias that have survived the winter. Last years S patens and S. microphylla both grown from seed, have survived. The microphylla is shooting from a woody base, and the patens formed tubers and is growing from the tuber like a dahlia.

I have planted more patens from seed, because I just love that intense blue. I saw some amistad last year and i was impressed but I loathe paying £10 for a plant that i know will die in the winter,and theres only so much I can cram in the greenhouse.

Mrs Garden I have PM'd you

Topsoil help needed

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:00

I think the manure is too fresh. Use it in the compost heap mixed up with other stuff and leave it for a few months.  I can't see the sand being much use. Can you get a sack of peat or fine composted bark or other soil conditioner?

Favourite gardens to visit?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:52

The lost gardens of Heligan. Also Trebah (both in Conwall)

Harlow Carr near Harrogate, Yorkshire.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:30

When  I was a lot younger, I had a Morris Minor. I used to travel from North Notts, through Annesley to Nottingham to see my boyfriend. My mum used to make me take the dog (alsation x collie) with me in case I broke down late at night.  One foggy October night I was doing  the cars maximum of 50mph on the dual carriageway, when a huge Stag stood in the  middle of the carriageway like the Monarch of the Glen. I stood on the brakes(never very good in a morris minor). The front passenger seat folded up and went under the dash. The dog on the back seat followed it.  The stag scampered off. The dog didn't like travelling with me after that. Despite living in what remains of Sherwood Forest, that was the one and only time I saw a deer in the area.  I think Robin Hood would struggle to find one these days.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:52

I find rudbeckia cherry brandy to act like an annual, even though its supposed to be perennial. On the other hand it germinates well, and I have two seed trays full. Somehow I seem to have ordered it from two places. I'll have to get some  to you Mrs Garden.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:34

If you work a section at a time, forking out any roots, you can then plant and weed through the season. If you spray everything with glyphosate now, you have to wait until everything has died down before you can fork it out and then plant. You will lose most of this season. If it is infested with bindweed then glyphosate is probably the way to go.  Do you know what weeds there are?

Topsoil help needed

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:48

Digging holes in the clay will mean that even if you put well drained compost, you are in effect putting it in a clay pot sunk in the soil. I would add as much fibrous compost as you can get to the whole area and mix well in. Clay with a lot of added  humus can be very  fertile and productive.  If you want  to make separate beds for plants that require sharp drainage and sandy soil, consider raised beds. It is easier to plant plants suitable for the conditions, rather than trying to drastically alter it.

Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:43

Mark, what is the purpose of the  hydrogen peroxide.? I have never heard of this method.

Stratification of Seeds

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 20:41

The usual method of stratification is to sow in Autumn, and place outside or in a cold frame for the winter. They then germinate in Spring.  I find tender subjects need  heat to germinate and not prolonged chilling.

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