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Comfrey

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 21:52

to take cuttings

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http://www.allotment-garden.org/comfrey/propagating-comfrey.php

I have a pamphlet somewhere written by Lawrence Hills, who developed Bocking 14.

It had a breakdown of which comfrey clones were best for fertiliser.

I have collected comfrey from the flood plain at the side of the Trent. If there is nowhere near you that you can collect it, I would always recommend the sterile clone Bocking 14. If you grow a clone that flowers, make sure you cut off flowers before they form seed, otherwise it spreads all over the garden.

Comfrey

Posted: 18/08/2014 at 16:56

You can get cuttings of Bocking 14 comfrey from the organic gardening catalogue.

This has the advantage of having no flowers and so will not seed about.  It is one of the best types for making comfrey tea or compost.

Lots of new plants to learn about

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 20:46

I think the first one is a grevillea, its the curled flower form I recognise.

No idea about the others , sorry.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 20:44

Trebah is gorgeous. I always expect dinosaurs to rear up from the giant gunneras and tree ferns.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 19:05

You are so lucky living in kingswinford with Ashwood  nurseries on you doorstep. I'd never be away.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:58

Were you the one who asked me if I knew what the tree in the corner was?

(I didn't)

Composting

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:40

Compost bins are fine. If you have a lot of stuff to compost, you can use the 1 tonne size builders bags with a piece of cardboard or carpet on top.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 18:06

As well as the open day, they will take a group around by appointment.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:56

I was the one wheeling the blue wheelbarrow full down to the car. OH was the moody bloke with the beard. We were there for 10.30, left about 12.30

I liked the Roscoea he had grown himself from seed. Very similar to the Royal purple hybrids they have at Ashwood though. They look excellent value this year. They look like last years that have bulked up well. Last year they were single shoots for the money, this year you get a potful.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 17/08/2014 at 17:48

Mr and Mrs Bream. national collection of Roscoeas spread around a 1 acre garden, Stevenshill , Shropshire.

Mr Bream showed me around and pointed out variations in different plants from the collection. Near the entrance, where he stands some of the pots in the shade, Roscoea scillifolia pink form had seeded itself into the gravel.

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 Three types growing in large pots which get protection in the winter.

Usually they are bone hardy in the soil, with a thick mulch of compost.

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 By the pond.

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 One of his own seedlings , probably a ghurka/purpurea cross.

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