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Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:13

.....and you should see how many  I will have in flower this May.

Hesperis Matronalis, Sweet Rocket

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 14:07

You could broadcast the seed where you want it, but I sow indoors into plug trays, and then pot on into 7cm pots, then plant in final position in September to flower next year.

Sweet rocket (Hesperis matronalis ) are hardy short lived perennials.

How long?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:17

What the hedge made of? How good is your soil? How big are the plants?


Posted: 02/03/2014 at 12:00

Fairygirl, at least its not the next door neighbour standing on his toilet seat and peeping through the little opening window into the girls bedroom!

I have used the last of the overwintering rocket, whats left is running to seed, so I will plant some more today. Nice BLT though.

Its drizzling here but the ducks seem happy, waddling around the garden. The magpie seems to be making his nest out of philadelphus, and hes cutting his own!

 Work for Mon, Tue , Wed this week, so I hope it brightens up by Thursday.

I am a sniffer.

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 11:53

I am a sniffer. this morning i was smelling tomatoes in the supermarket. Most people will smell flowers, but its also the leaves that smell.

Eucalyptus leaves smell of.. well eucalyptus except the Eucalyptus citriodora which smells of lemons. As do Lippia citriodora(lemon verbena) and of course lemon tree leaves, and lemon balm. Except if you compare them one after the other, they are all vaguely lemony, but also different. The leaves of Houttonia cordata chameleon smell of marmalade oranges.

Of course all the leaves used as herbs have scents, lavender, rosemary, thymes,sages.

Blackcurrant leaves have an intense scent when crushed and can be used to make a wonderful sorbet. 

What do you like to sniff at?

Monty Don -Italian Gardens on now 7.40 Sunday mornings

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 10:44

Part 2 is now on bbcc iplayer for the next six days.

Blue berry bushes

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:40

They prefer acid soil. I have to grow them in pots of ericaceous compost.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 21:19

Start them young , Stacey.  At least she's not scared of them, or eating them!

My great niece is called Tallulah,  and I sent a packet of  double opium poppy seeds to my sister(called Tallulah Belle Blush). I got the response"...and what am I supposed to do with these?"   I guess she got the musical gene from my Dads  side and I got the gardening gene from my Mum's.


Posted: 01/03/2014 at 18:48

Last years compost at Lidl was dreadful. After removing the 6 inch nail, I seived a third of a bag of chunks of wood etc out of it.---not to mention the bits of plastic in it.

Welcome to the fruit & veg forum

Posted: 01/03/2014 at 18:27

You'll have to ask Nutcutlet when the last frost is in  Peterborough, but here in Nottingham, I don't plant anything tender out until late May, and then I have fleece ready just in case.  A lot of hardy things such as carrots can be sown outside this month. The frost won't harm them.

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