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Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:40
Caz8 wrote (see)
Please can someone help? I have 2 pots with 2 agapanthus in each, planted 3 years ago. Each year the leaves start growing, very healthy and carry on right through the summer, but where are the flowers. What can I do, or do I start from scratch?


How big are the pots that your agapanthus are in? As Geoff says, they do seem to thrive when potbound. They might do better in more confined condtions.

Autumn planting of Alliums (not!!)

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:36
christopher2 wrote (see)
Berkeley I'm doing this with purple sensation 3 to 1 litre pot. I put bulbs half way down. You can then put pot in ground for them to flower and move out again or plant directly into soil. I think purple sensation is the best and most impressive allium

I do this with spring flowering bulbs - narcissii etc, just slot the pot into border gaps, whip out when they're over. Some people might think it's a bit of a cheat, but makes good use of limited space in borders.


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Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:26

Hi Dean

We have had steady rain since 04.00, still tipping it down. Decamped to Bloke's for the day to watch Superbikes. His turn to cook full English!

Not daunting at all, it's a lovely town to live in, population only about 4,400. Big enough for privacy, but small enough for me to wander downtown in my slippers, forget my purse and it not to be a problem!

Your allotment haul looks fab!


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Posted: 23/09/2012 at 17:10

I'm lucky enough to live in a small town which has quite a foody reputation. We have a butcher, fishmonger/deli, greengrocer's, health food shop, artisan baker, regular delicatessen, a take out sandwich/lunch/snack place which makes things to order, an Indian takeaway, a Chinese takeaway (latter rather nasty - seem to specialise in duck's kneecaps and pineapple) and a fish and chip shop. We also have a teeny weeny Co-op, with teeny weeny trolleys to match! Oh and a Spar shop which is open 7-11. One of the hairdresser's sells organic eggs and home made pickles, chutneys and jams. They're all about 2 minutes walk away.

There was a food festival here the other weekend, one of the main streets was full of loads of stalls - it was though this usually sleepy little town had turned into Camden, it was heaving!

The next weekend, the big British Cycle race came through, which wasn't quite as exciting (or fattening!)

Asda,Tesco's and Lidl's both about 7 miles away, and a Morrison's about 8 miles away in the other direction.


Do i 'Grow' or 'Cover'??

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 16:56

Sorry, here's another point of view:

One of the disadvantages of leaving bare soil over the winter is that nutrients tend to leach out of it. Some of the green manures have very deep roots, so can also help with breaking up compacted soil, so sowing now and digging it in in the spring might be of help. Maybe you could stack the manure and dig it in in the spring so you minimise the weed problem?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/09/2012 at 09:15
Tipping it down in Devon.

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Posted: 22/09/2012 at 21:00
Nursery tea here. Macaroni cheese.

wooden planters

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:55

First thing - do the barrels have drainage holes?

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Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:27

My sister has had some fab holidays doing house swaps.

Seed companies

Posted: 22/09/2012 at 17:13

I think viability is helped by good storage - i keep mine in tupperware type boxes in an old spare fridge in the shed.

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