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liquid plant food

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:18

I have clumps of stinging nettles behind my greenhouse, which I regularly cut down but do not remove.    I put them into the compost bins, as they are great organic compost accelerators.

Help me plant these plant pots

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:15

I have the same problem.    A tub with a Goldcrest conifer does give a lovely splash of bright green.    Two tubs in the shade are planted with tulips for the spring, and geraniums for the summer - and both flower well.    I also have two hanging baskets which don't get any sun at all!   These are filled with the usual geraniums, fuschias, verbenas, petunias, lobelia, etc.    I get round the lack of sun by having two baskets on the back wall which get sun all day long (when we are lucky enough to have any!).   Each week I take the baskets down to dead-head them and then put them back again the other way around.   So each basket gets a week of sun followed by a week of shade!      They look great!     I guess you could also do this with tubs, but they would be heavier to move.   Hope this helps.

Are Hostas really for shade?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 18:07

A few weeks ago, Monty Don said it was a fallacy that hostas need shade.    I agreed with him, as mine are in full sun all day, and flower well every year.    He said full sun is fine as long as they get lots of water.    Mine are in pots, standing in saucers of water.


Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:57

I mostly use phostrogen or Miracle Gro for everything, except for ericacous plants such as pieris, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas, and blueberries.    Oh, and rose fertilizer for roses, of course.   The whole veggie/fruit patch gets mulched with home-made compost each year, and the flower beds are mulched with the Soil Conditioner I buy from my local council.

garlic affected by heavy rain?

Posted: 26/06/2012 at 17:50

According to Monty Don, dig up your garlic when the leaves start to die down.

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 18/06/2012 at 08:03

I can't quite work out the conclusion in this thread, but I think the colour of the leaves is a deciding factor.     Rocket leaves are green, whereas erysimum leaves are a greyish-green.   I have two erysimums and they are both 2-3 feet high.

fast growing climbers

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 18:13

How about euonymus?    Not a climber, but evergreen and grows quite fast.   Various colour combinations, such as green/gold, green/white, etc.

Is it wild phlox?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 18:10

Yep, I think it is Erysimum Bowles Mauve - a perennial wallflower.    They have a very long flowering period.

Can you help me identify this flowering shrub?

Posted: 17/06/2012 at 18:04

Lucky you!    Yes, I would agree with figrat - definitely a philadelphus.

Talkback: Scent and memory

Posted: 16/06/2012 at 10:41

Sounds as if your husband was a very romantic man, Happy Marion.

I always love the scent of a big old-fashioned phlox flower.    Difficult to find these days, as they grow too many dwarf varieties.    I used to pick the individual florets off the flower-head, and suck out what I thought, as a child, was nectar.   Ah, childhood memories!


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