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can a honeysuckle plant/tree/bush... regrow

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 11:29

I take a long time before I ever give up on a plant.    So many can look dead for ages, and then suddenly you see the new growth and know it was worth the waiting!    Good luck with the honeysuckle - they are quite tough old plants and I think your Nanna knows best!      Time will tell.

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 07:33

What a good idea!     I shall give two sowings a try next time.    I do love these flowers and the colours are wonderful.    I like the fact that the more you pick them, the more flowers you get!


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 07:30

Perhaps us gardeners are all pretty mad!    We only water the veggies and the pots and hanging baskets (I don't dare ask how many of them you have!).    Plants in the garden have to survive drought once they have been watered enough just to settle them in when newly planted.   If they die, they are not the right plant for my garden.

One thing to bear in mind when planting trees in pots is the wind.    I have just had to give away a five-year old loquat tree.    Even though it was in a large pot and kept watered to keep it heavy, the wind kept blowing it over, as it grew very top heavy.   I have given it to a friend with a very sheltered space for it.

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 22:08

Cath and David, your sweet peas are wonderful - I am so envious!    Thank you for sharing the photos with us.   Mine were spring-sown and not even in bud yet!   I shall have to try the autumn sowing this year.


Posted: 02/06/2012 at 22:01

Goodness me!   I thought I had a lot of pots (about 100), but your 400 plus pots really takes my breath away.     You must be a real slave to the watering.    Even with seven waterbutts on our house and two on our greenhouse I find it hard to keep any water in them.    And I find I need to water the pots regularly, even when it is raining sometimes.  

garden is just grass!!!!

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 21:54

From my experiences, it will take a good two or three years of work improving the soil before it will be any good, but this should be a continuous process anyway.    If you have children then do not try to redesign the whole space, but allow it to evolve as the children get older and their demands on the garden change.     Or how about dividing the garden into 'rooms', to give the children their own play space, and have a space for the adults to grow flowers and shrubs?    By the way, roses love clay soil!

weed, plant or veggie?

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 06:34

I would say it is definitely a foxglove - and it looks as if the bud is just forming.    I love them and they self seed easily.     They grow one year and flower the next, so look out for babies later this year and, if necessary, move them to where you want them.

Spring Bulbs

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 17:08

If you really need the containers for vegetables, consider buying another set.    I have bulbs in pots, which I tuck away at the bottom of the garden and leave until the following year, using another set of containers in their place.   Some pots I empty out and carefully plant in the soil.    I don't usually dig them up, though, as I leave them to flower in place.    This is a useful way of filling gaps in the garden.     When you plant bulbs in the autumn you cannot always remember where you have bulbs planted.   By planting them after flowering, you can fill the gaps and not disturb the other bulbs.

Planting Lily plants in the border

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:58

If you have three stems you should have three bulbs.     I would tend to put them in the garden just as they are, as if you try to separate them you could damage the roots.   Remember to check them daily for the scarlet lily beetle.

weed, plant or veggie?

Posted: 13/05/2012 at 16:56

It is definitely aquilegia.   It readily self-seeds, but doesn't spread.   It makes a little clump and then flowers above it.   It is a perennial.

I love it when you get something for nothing!

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