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Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:45

Edd, I'm surprised you said M. grandiflora is the most common one. Around here there are lots of the pink flowered deciduous type (soulangeana) and a few white flowered liliflora.  If you have a wander around kew at this time of year,there are lots of magnolias in flower, none of them M. grandiflora which flowers later on , sporadically through the summer months.

When is the best time to plant the lavender plugs I have grown from last year?

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:32

if they have been in a greenhouse, harden them off for a week. If they have been outside, and your soil is workable, plant them now.


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 19:14

OH built me a raised bed frame  at the weekend. This is to go around what was the onion patch last year and the pumpkin patch this year. I spent today painting it. I decided that its a lot easier to paint before its screwed together so the boards that are going to make the new herb bed have been painted too. and the picket fence.

Now I have green spotted arms.

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 16:18

for an interesting discussion on peat usage.


Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:20

 under the Oak tree. This will be in heavy shade for most of the summer, but while the sun is low in the sky, it bathes in sunshine for most of the spring.

Also my eccremocarpus is flowering. I grew it from seed last year, it flowered in the autumn. It is growing up some brown coniferous hedging of a neighbour, in an attempt to hide it from my side. I expected it to die in the winter, I never expected it to be flowering now.


Magnolia never flowers

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 14:08

I did lose a branch in very high winds, but it is not against the house wall, it adjoins next doors old orchard, it gets shaded from a huge wild cherry, and it survived the -15c frost we had a couple of years back which killed my Daphne bholua and Phormiums.

I dont think you will get a M. grandiflora to flower in a large pot. The flowers are magnificent but few. I wouldn't buy one again if I was starting from scratch in a new garden.   I think M. soulangeana or  M liliflora are much more suited to the average size garden.


Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:57

Not an April Fool. My OH does some 3D laser scanning, and Time Team asked the manufacturers of the laser thingy if they would do some for them.  The archeological dig was well underway when he got there. He spent ages scanning a set of bones that had been discovered laying on top of a wall. He spent half an hour scanning a man lying on a slab trying to look like a medieval crusader effigy on a tomb. The man on the slab made it to 10 seconds on the edited programme. The really interesting bit was the bones on the wall which no one could explain, and was not mentioned in the programme. He did it as a freebie, on the understanding there would be a credit on the end of the programme. Of course, they got his name and the name of the company wrong. That will be the last freebie for a TV company. When it went out we got calls from all over, but it seems it was really popular in Australia. We got several emails, saying, was that really you? the name was wrong.

Which? Compost reviews

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:43

But only 4% of that peat is used by horticulture. The rest is used as a fuel for rural areas in Ireland and power stations.

Talkback: New Zealand flatworms

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:37

I've never seen one, touch wood.

I think that the best reason ever for growing as much as possible from seed and not importing plants. 

Does anyone know if the eggs survive the composting process for the rubbish that is being sold back to us as recycled compost?

First time greenhouse

Posted: 01/04/2014 at 13:30

It will pay for itself in a few weeks if you only grow a few trays of salad leaves. It keeps them off the floor, no soil splash, less slug damage, less bird damage.

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