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Seeds are up

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 22:58

Yes they are.

Scent in summer

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 22:50

Hmm cant say im a lover of privet or flowering currant it leaves yr fingers stinking of I dont know what. You can get some lovely perfumed peonys and dont forget Lilac.

Seeds are up

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 22:29

Cant help with the Aquilegias, every year I try but never get any and it doesnt help when people say they have no problem. This year I took the seeds out of the fridge after 3months ( I know they need a cold period) ive sown them and put them outside to hopefully germinate naturally, Touchwood Aquilegias says this time of year 8 wks. Larkspur no problem im over run with them the seeds from existing plants are left to self seed and no problem with Verbena B in here then out and in somewhere else what a performance! I let them self sow again and they are everywhere even in the cracks in paving again seeds sown by the plant. Maybe nature does know best and it seems as most of what your trying to germinate all germinate naturally in September with no help from me. Hope this helps.

Seeds are up

Posted: 06/02/2013 at 21:56

Yes do that just remember to water them - i always forget.

Seeds are up

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 23:10

You ve done well hollie hock if you got them for free but any plants for free are good in my book. Yes bees and butterflies love them but a word of warning once they get about a foot tall or maybe less I cant really remember they get spikes or thorns on the stem and can be quite vicious.

As for the larkspur I had a look round the garden yesterday as most of the snow has gone and they are fine even if they do look abit flattened but after 2ft of snow on top them im not surprised. If I was in the UK  id send you some as theres hundreds but alas im not so some will be moved and the rest thrown away as you can only have so many otherwise the garden would be over run with them. Maybe you cld try sowing some in the garden now, just pick a small patch where the ground is free from weeds and im sure they will germinate when the ground get warmer and you nothing to loose except a few seeds if not do try next September.

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 05/02/2013 at 19:02

Well done and im sure they will be fine. When I get roses sent out here any shoots they have are bleeched white as they been in bags for up to a fortnight but once they get outside they turn green after a couple of weeks. I hope you get some good weather soon so you can get them plants soon. When they flower you ll think all this was worth it.

Seeds are up

Posted: 04/02/2013 at 20:47

Im sure you ll love Cleome is a lovely plant its one I make sure I have every year. It takes awhile to get going but once is does it doesnt take long to get to its full height. Its late season so nice to have when the big rush of flowers are finishing and here it flowers till the first frosts. Make sure you keep the seeds of your fav colour for next yr.

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 15:13

I cant get in Hungary we are still back in the 60s here so I just have to do the best I can and I dont get many losses. Ive been at this for 40yrs now and I do know the soil I have is very fertile probably due to the generations before me keeping horses cows pigs and chickens, all the waste went on the garden. There are times when im sure if I stuck a boom handle in the soil it would grow - if you know what I mean.

Seeds are up

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 14:56

Yes yr right it doesnt seem to matter what nature throws at us we are all still there in January chomping at the bit to start again. Ive just been outside for a couple of hours as 80% of the snow has gone and I needed to look for life whatever sort it was! Plenty of bulbs coming up and the buds are showing on many of the shrubs so that cheared me up. Very cold tho -5 with the north wind but the sun was out so a nice change from being stuck inside. Ive got rid of around 25 mole hills numerous parcels of what doggies leave and was suprised at how well the soil has drained this year considering we had almost 3ft of it so I got a few bulbs planted. By that time the toilet was calling yet again and so was the kettle. Off to watch A - Z of gardening now I just hope its better than last week!

Bare root roses arriving tomorrow - help!

Posted: 03/02/2013 at 14:38

I wouldnt leave them in their bags especially if its polythene. Take them out and if your ground is that wet just put them into buckets and make sure all the roots are covered with any sort of compost or soil it doesnt matter just as long as they are covered as it will stop them drying out. Dont keep them in the dark you wouldnt like it so neither will they just put them outside somewhere sheltered from cold drying winds. Freezing will do them no harm as the ground in the garden freezes in winter and years ago I had a rose sat in a bucket of pure water that was frozen for weeks and it was fine. If the top growth gets abit damaged prune it off when you plant them, it will always come back when it warms up but if the roots dry out you cld loose them. I know its sounds alot of messing around especially for someone who isnt used to all this but if they ve come from D Austin you will have paid alot of money for them so you shld give them abit of care now. When you come to plant them prepare the soil well, if its heavy dig in some sand or grit (not a handful - half a bucket for each) to open the soil up as this helps with drainage then give them a good top dressing of manure or compost. When spring comes give each one a handful of blood fish and bone and they shld grow well.

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