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Posted: 28/03/2014 at 09:09

 Mrs Garden,  My S. patens formed substantial tubers. I have potted them and kept warm they are just starting to grow. If you know where yours were, I would gently fork them up, pot them and keep them somewhere warm until they start to grow.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:36

Yes its a heated propagator. I switch it off in the day so that it doesn't get too hot, and then back on at night. If the sun is on it as well, the seeds will cook. As soon as they germinate they will come out. I find that a lot of seeds need a bit of bottom heat to germinate, but not to grow on.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:26

I have delphinium black knight in the propagator. Just beginning to germinate after 2 weeks.

Restarting failed compost

Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:19

When you next cut the grass ( do not use grass cuttings that have had lawn weedkiller on), empty the bin out, add the grass cuttings, mix well the old stuff that has not broken down with all the fresh green grass cuttings. water it if it is too dry(fresh urine or water). chuck it back in the bin and stand well back. If that doesn't heat up within 48 hours , give it up as a bad job.  it should heat up and sink to about half the original level. At this point you need to empty it out and chuck it back in again to get some air in and it should have a second heating up. If it gets too  dry add more urine or water.


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 08:09

Its been wet here overnight but the sun is trying to get through. Supermarket shopping for me today. There is a builders bag next door on the growing rubbish pile. I am going to ask if I can have it, just the thing for all the leaves I forgot to sweep up. I wont mention all the poppy/foxglove/linaria seeds I scattered on their soil banks. (or the rose cuttings)


Posted: 28/03/2014 at 07:49

Good morning, everyone.

I have some salvias that have survived the winter. Last years S patens and S. microphylla both grown from seed, have survived. The microphylla is shooting from a woody base, and the patens formed tubers and is growing from the tuber like a dahlia.

I have planted more patens from seed, because I just love that intense blue. I saw some amistad last year and i was impressed but I loathe paying £10 for a plant that i know will die in the winter,and theres only so much I can cram in the greenhouse.

Mrs Garden I have PM'd you

Topsoil help needed

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 23:00

I think the manure is too fresh. Use it in the compost heap mixed up with other stuff and leave it for a few months.  I can't see the sand being much use. Can you get a sack of peat or fine composted bark or other soil conditioner?

Favourite gardens to visit?

Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:52

The lost gardens of Heligan. Also Trebah (both in Conwall)

Harlow Carr near Harrogate, Yorkshire.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 22:30

When  I was a lot younger, I had a Morris Minor. I used to travel from North Notts, through Annesley to Nottingham to see my boyfriend. My mum used to make me take the dog (alsation x collie) with me in case I broke down late at night.  One foggy October night I was doing  the cars maximum of 50mph on the dual carriageway, when a huge Stag stood in the  middle of the carriageway like the Monarch of the Glen. I stood on the brakes(never very good in a morris minor). The front passenger seat folded up and went under the dash. The dog on the back seat followed it.  The stag scampered off. The dog didn't like travelling with me after that. Despite living in what remains of Sherwood Forest, that was the one and only time I saw a deer in the area.  I think Robin Hood would struggle to find one these days.


Posted: 27/03/2014 at 21:52

I find rudbeckia cherry brandy to act like an annual, even though its supposed to be perennial. On the other hand it germinates well, and I have two seed trays full. Somehow I seem to have ordered it from two places. I'll have to get some  to you Mrs Garden.

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