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Iris bulbs

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 21:15

Often wise to let Mother Nature take her course.

weed or plant ID help needed

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 21:13

Leafy one - probably aster, or michaelmas daisy.

Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 18:04



That's great - and such a speedy reply!     I look forward to a better show next year, then.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:44

Silver birch is such a lovely tree, but there are many different varieties.    How about trying the weeping one, which can be pruned back to a sort of umbrella shape?    Be sure and research, as some varieties grow very tall indeed.

I didn't mind keep picking up my loquat tree each time it went over, but in the end it broke the very expensive big pot it was planted in.    Enough was enough, but I do miss it!


Autumn sown sweet peas

Posted: 03/06/2012 at 17:39

Might I ask, when you sow the seed in the autumn, do you keep them indoors through the winter?    And to have them flowering so profusely now, when did you plant them out in the garden?    Would they survive a late frost?    I live in the West Midlands.


Posted: 03/06/2012 at 11:32

Is this a garden variety or the houseplant variety?

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.

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