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Hello Forkers - May Edition

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 12:18

27C in the greenhouse with doors open and top windows open.

The nettles  I pulled out yesterday are still on the grass, wilting so they take up less room in the dustbin.

I have a yellow rose in bloom. Since it got murdered last year along with everything else on the pergola, that is an achievement. The honeysuckle is growing at a pace, and the wisteria survived but didn't flower.

Year round bulb planter

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 12:09

Its called lasagne planting. You have early bulbs like snowdrops or crocus on the edge. below that you plant early daffodils, below that are later tulips. I found it only really worked for one year and then you have to get new bulbs and replant.

Dead heading Lavender

Posted: 25/05/2017 at 12:07

Did you soak the rootball before planting?. Tease out a few roots so they can explore the surrounding soil?  Drooping heads to me mean lack of water. Removing flower heads now will not get flowers later.

Calla lily

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:59

It is Ok next to a north facing window, but not in a south facing or bright sunshine, it will scorch,.

Unknown plant help!

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:55

Houttuynia cordata . If you crush the leaves they are said to smell like bitter oranges.  They can be a nuisance in wet boggy soil, but easily removed in sandy soil.

Mind the gap!

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:41

It is a bit late for seeds this year, but scattering a packet or two of poppy seed will fill the gaps. However, this year I would fill it with  annual bedding plants .eg Cosmos, marigolds, tagetes, nemesia, godetia. even collarette dahlias.  Markets and garden centres have loads at the moment.

Can anyone identify this for me please?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:34

The local council often use them to edge beds. They flower well for a good few weeks in Spring, usually surrounding tulips.

Calla lily

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:31

Try repotting it into a slightly larger pot, feed and water it and keep it outside but not in direct sunshine. It will usually die down to a bulb towards September. Keep it dry and frost free  over winter, repot the bulb  next spring and repeat.

Ugly phormis flowers

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:20

Yes. I quite like them ,and I  let them flower, they look like bunches of bananas, then the black seed pods hang down to provide some structural interest. But if you don't like them, cut them off as low down as you can reach.

Can anyone identify this for me please?

Posted: 24/05/2017 at 20:03

I used to grow bellis daisies as bedding plants and I always treated them as biennials.  The newer ones are much more double than they used to be if that  makes sense.

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Photos from the Chatsworth Flower Show 2017 
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Any thoughts or musings? 
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Post your photos, lets see all the variations. 
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What the chuff have you done to it? 
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Grow your own flowers for the house. 
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Other papers have fantasy football, or fantasy portfolio. As we can't do much in our real gardens at this time of year, let us have a fantasy garden 
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