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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:54

I didnt expect much to be in flower in November, but my Yucca has flowered for the first time, Salvia hot lips is staill at it, and the pineapple sage is flowering in the greenhouse.


Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:46

Dug up potatoes,cannas, and dahlias. A bit late I know,but we've only justhada frost, and all the tops havn't gone yet.

I've made brugmansia cuttings

For anyone who wants to know how,(Kef and Mrs Garden) I've done a separate thread with photos.

Brugmansia cuttings.

Posted: 12/11/2014 at 14:39

For those with brugmansias, here is an easy way to increase your stock.

Any large plants outside, now look a bit sad. If you cut them down like a buddleja, it reduces the size of the plant to overwinter(frost free) The bits you cut off make cuttings which will root over the winter, stood in a jar of water in a windowsill.

 This is a three year old plant which has been in the flower bed all summer. The root spread mean it is not feasible to lift it, so I cut it down and let the frost have it.

 Last years cuttings, potted into 6 inch pots in march, have flowered and provide ideal cutting material.

 Cut down to overwinter in greenhouse.

 Cuttings trimmed up from the prunings.

 Coffee jars filled with water, and the cuttings stand in these on a windowsill for the winter. They will develop white nodules below the water line, from which roots will grow. The water may need to be topped up from time to time. In March, I pot the rooted cuttings into 6 inch pots.

 Cutting ready for next size pot.

 Potted into 15 inch pot in May. Feed and water well for it to flower well in the summer. At the end of first year, cut down and make new cuttings.

Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 22:54

Its on iPlayer now, busylizzie.


Camera Corner

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 21:34

I think its more

"Oh dear, its those blasted tourists with the guide again. I wish they'd leave me in peace so I can eat those lovely cicadas in peace.


Christine Walkden Fans

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 20:34

I watched the forst episode on catch up BBC i player. Brilliant. The bit about expecting dinosaurs to come out from the gunneras is exactly how I felt when I last went.

I've put the rest of the series on to record.

****** NHS box tickers. I need to vent

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 20:05

I spent five hours today, with dad at the hospital for pre op assessment. He promised the nurse he would try to eat a bit and drink more, and do a bit of exercise. When we got home , he went straight to bed, refused to eat or drink..the NHS is doing its best, but the family are made out to be lying bullies, and I've wasted two days so far this week, when dad wont even try to help himself

I probably ought to put this on the rant thread, I'm just so annoyed with him.

Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 20:15

We have one like that upstairs. I do the videos on it. Again, dead easy. Big screen. and wifi to printer.


Not gardening but a computer question

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:48

Kef, there is an apple shop in Meadowhell. The geeks in there can show you lots of things , and how easy everything is.

My first one was given to me on loan, with no instructions, dead easy to use, everything very intuitive, and after i took it back, I went straight out and bought one.

They are more expensive, but saves a lot of hair pulling out and frustration.

Tips on starting a balcony compost bin?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 19:44

I think you need a wormery for vermicomposting.

Edd explained it in detail earlier on in the year. have a look here


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