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Posted: 04/09/2016 at 10:36

You can grow from seed but it will take you three years to a flowering plant.

Hayloft sell seedlings , they will take two years of growing on to flowering size.

The best way to do it is buy plants in flower in large pots in January, or February. As they are variable from seed, that way you know exactly what you are getting. Some exceptional plants are micropropagated, expect to pay £30upwards a plant.

In my opinion , the best plants for gardens are Ashwood hybrids. If you can get to their nursery near kingswinford in the west midlands on their open days in February, you get to pick the cream of the crop.

Look on Ashwood nursery website for more details.

Cold Calling Experiences

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:35

You're lucky, AYM. I get called most days at least once by PPI, and one from some asian wanting to put a virus on my computer and empty my bank account.

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 22:06

Some more photos of the Roscoeas. The last one is the first flower on "Vannin" from Crug farm. The next to last is also from Crug farm,it just has a collection number. They are both still in pots,as I haven't made the   home for them  yet.Ricinus impala

Eucomis , Sparkling burgundy, but it decided to flop and then grow straight again.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:45

 10 months after repotting.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:40

Prickly corner.

Replanting cactus

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 21:22

It needs really gritty soil. it has to be free draining or the plant will rot. I repotted a load that got dumped on me last year. They were in pure builders sand, with no drainage. I put them in clay pots with gritty compost, fed them and watered in summer. In winter they went into a cold conservatory, and kept almost dry. Three of them flowered this Spring. They are currently out for the summer. They will come in soon before the frosts .

 To handle, make a collar around it with several layers of newspaper, and wear thick leather gauntlets.

Cuttings flopping over

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 18:13

Give them a good water.Let the excess drain through,put a pop bottle or plastic cover over to cut down transpirational loss,and put in the shade.


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 16:08

Butterflies feed on buddleia but the caterpillars don't. If you dead head at this time of year, they will often reflower from side shoots. If it has finished flowering, cut down by a third to stop root rock in winter. In March, cut it down to about 30 cm or so.

 I am assuming you have Buddleja davidii hybrids, not globosa or weyerana or alternifolia. They are pruned differently.

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:27

When one of the women at work locked her keys in the car, I sent for Hubby. He was an apprentice at Jaguar. When they had a new super duper security system, him and one of the other apprentices worked out how to circumvent it. It was rolled out in front of the bosses. They broke in and drove it away within a minute. The new system was not promoted. Back to the drawing board.

Its Autumn here. The nuthatches are back.


Posted: 02/09/2016 at 14:18

You have to keep on dead heading dahlias.I draw the line at disbudding to get bigger flowers.

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