Latest posts by fidgetbones

Wrong seeds

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:51

I love Chiltern seeds catalogue. No piccies, so you always had to look things up and rely on descriptions. Now they have pictures online but not in the catalogue. They are always good for something different.

I think germination on T& M seed has declined, or maybe it is the quantity in the packet.

Plant world seeds have some unusual stuff as well.

Can you I D Please?

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:43

I'm pretty sure they are annual rudbeckias. Maybe Toto. They probably bring them on in large pots in a greenhouse to get large plants.

I have prairie sun which is starting to flower now.


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:38

I couldn't get the car out so I severely pruned a spirea and a hypericum that was overhanging the drive. Hubby has now fallen out with me, he was going to do the hedge sometime.Wrong things for a hedge really, but not my fault, they were here before me. I also pruned an overhanging sycamore from next door. with a saw. I got five tubtrugs full of shreddings. I now have three builders bags full and steaming nicely. I find shredding very therapeutic on a bad day for news.

Fish and chips for tea, followed by home grown raspberries and cornish ice cream.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:14

Maybe it is the soil. Next door has a beautiful stand of a pink autumn flowering anemone.   I begged a portion, and planted it at the back of the border. It survives , but nothing like next door. Next door it is growing in heavy clay. I broke a fork digging up a piece for nut. You could make pots out of it. My side has very free draining sand over an old stone farm track. Roses do better in clay. Maybe anemones do too. Thinking about it, Verdun is going to say his are in sand.

Climbing rose

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 21:01

You need to prune it next March. Take out the thickest branch, which seems to be on the right hand side. Cut it down to six inches (15 cm). It will then form new shoots which will flower in 2018. In 2018, cut down the other branch, which will shoot and flower 2019. Feed it with a rose fertiliser in March,and mulch with Farm yard manure if you  can get it or compost,  and give it a bucket of water every week that it has not rained as it may be dry against the wall.

 In subsequent years take out the oldest shoot, so that is has a self  regenerating cycle and you don't just get flowers at the top.

If you have a very long shoot, tying it down to the horizontal will induce it to flower.

Bad year for raspberries

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 09:48

Mine are huge. I assume because of all the water.

What variety are they. ?  Polka have buds but no fruit yet, canes still growing, but they are Autumn fruiters.

Glen ample are fruiting now. Terry Louise , old canes , wonderful large fruits. I picked a bowl full yesterday.


Posted: 16/07/2016 at 00:18

Sorry, that should have read Norwell nursery, near Newark.

Poppy (ladybird) plant

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 23:52

It's an annual, so will die after flowering. Let the seed heads go Brown, then scatter them around for next year.


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 22:11

Norwood nursery last year.


Posted: 15/07/2016 at 22:06

Christopher LLoyd used to have them at Great Dixter seeding into cracks in the paved area. Dry as anything, flowered lovely

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