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Garden Pond

Posted: 30/01/2015 at 16:14

The water lily will be fine if you take it out when you clean the pond. If the leaves come out of the water it sounds like it has got too big for the pond. When you do the clean etc divide the lily tuber and put a small piece back in the pond it will be fine. Just make sure you have a few leaf buds and roots on the bit you put back and it will grow away happily again. You don't mention if you have fish in the pond if so it is important to wait until the temperature warms up a bit. April or late March if it's mild at the very earliest. Also frogs & toads and other wildlife will cope better with disturbance in milder weather. So it may pay to wait a month or two. You could use that time to collect rain water in water butt or large containers to refill the pond. It will save from having to you household water and be better for the pond. If you have an existing pump check if its working it may just need cleaning too. A piece of hose attached to the pump is a good way to help empty the water from the pond to save having to bale it out.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 16:24

Don't snub Poundland and Poundworld. Some of the plants and bulbs they sell are really good. Some of the bulbs are small and may not do well or flower but I bought iris, hosta and day lily last year and all did well. They may not be exiting but as long as they are not too forced from being in hot shops they do well if you are on a budget or want old fashioned favourites to fill space. I also bought Gloriosa roots last year and was rewarded with beautiful exotic flowers in the summer for a fraction of the price I would have paid in a garden centre if I could find one selling them. I also agree Wilko are good value.

B&Q dead plants

Posted: 14/02/2014 at 15:51

I purchased six Orchids for 50p each in my local Homebase just before Christmas many still had a few flowers on and some even had new flower spikes breaking under the leaves. I now have five of them in flower or bud. Not bad considering they were originally priced at £14.99 each! I have noted it is variable as they were also selling 2013 summer season bedding plants with only 25% off. I'm not sure what use petunias are in December. The trays of geraniums may have over wintered for next year if you had a mind to care for them but most were only just clinging to life and many trays of six only had 2-3 still with any green on at all so would only be cheap if had at least 50-70%. I find it varies greatly between stores and areas but always have a look. Bargains can be had but only if you are in the right place at the right time and you know what you are looking for!


Posted: 14/02/2014 at 15:08

I was given some papaya seedlings last summer and have 2 very poorly looking seedlings around 30cm tall with only a few small leaves at the top. I've read online that seedlings are hard to care for but have found little information for the care they need when grown indoors only plenty for growing outside in warmer climates. I know they are not hardy enough to grow outside in the UK but hoped to grow as a houseplant and put outside during the summer assuming we get one in 2014. Does anyone have advice and tips or success stories?

Ranunculus and Anemone de caen

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 14:02

I tend to put 3-5 corms in 4-5 inch pots and then later plant them out as if one plant without separating the plants. This seem to do well.

If you get a cold frame make it a big one as once you have one you will also have an excuse to fill it up. A cold frame is useful for putting plants in that need a little protection but not special care. The protection could be from frost or from getting too wet. It's a half way house between greenhouse and outside. Loads available to buy or you could build your own.  Go on go shopping you know you want to!

Ranunculus and Anemone de caen

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 13:11

Yes you can plant them now they are in some shops. I saw them in my local Wilkinsons last weekend. It's too wet to plant my corms now so I have planted in pots in a cold frame for planting out later in spring. This has worked for me in previous years.

cordyline austrailis

Posted: 16/01/2014 at 14:07

I have one I planted in my garden around 10 years ago that had got too big for its pot without realising that the plant was a baby palm. My plant got to around 10 feet as a single stem but after a bad winter the top rotted and died back but by the summer had 3 new shoots growing from the bark which grew on to become 'branches' giving it it's palm shape. It is now around 15 feet tall and has flowered the last two summers. The bees love the flowers their fragrance fill the garden in the evenings and I've found starlings like the seeds in the winter. I managed to save some seed and germinated them last year and have 8 healthy babies to plant out in pots this summer. Your plant will get there on its own just remove any tatty or old leave from the bottom up and over time it will form a trunk.

Can't get no inspiration!

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 14:52

Have you though about a pond?

Has anyone grown a Cercis Canadensis ?

Posted: 07/01/2014 at 14:44

I planted one 18 months ago and it did flower last spring before the leaves come through. It may be because my tree is still small but I nearly overlooked the flowers as there weren't  that many but it did flower.


Posted: 07/01/2014 at 14:38

They are beautiful!  I grow them outside all year in the south east but they need good drainage to overwinter in the ground as winter wet will kill them before the cold does. They could also be grown in pots and over wintered in a frost free greenhouse. As they are supplied as plugs I would pot them up and grow on in a cool greenhouse until after the last frosts this year then put them in full sun/ light shade.

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