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decorative pots

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 12:17

I leave my agapanthus outdoors during the winter, but I do move the pots to a sheltered spot and cover them with fleece.   I just love their flowers.   I think they must take some years to grow from seed.    Better to see if you know someone who is dividing their potful.     Mind you, I have divided mine some years ago, and found it very difficult.    Once out of their pots, I tried the old back-to-back forks method, but it just didn't work.    In the end I got a saw, and sawed straight through the clump and then again, into quarters.    It worked, and all pieces grew and flowered again.

decorative pots

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 11:25

One plant that is ideal for pots is the agapanthus.   The tighter they are potted, the more they flower. 

Planting a Rambling Rector

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 21:42

Elsa, if you want to plant a rose in a pot, there are plenty of patio roses available which have been bred especially to grow in pots.

Talkback: Gardening disputes between neighbours

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 21:39

I just wish people would realise that when they plant a tree or a shrub right up against their fence, their neighbours will get half of the tree overhanging their garden.   People just don't think!

Tree Peony

Posted: 28/04/2012 at 20:59

Thank you, Paul N, that link has answered my questions too.   I planted a tree peony in the Spring of 2010, and am hoping it will soon start to flower.

Talkback: Coping with drought in the garden

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:15
Looking at the April weather we have been having, this must be the wettest drought there has ever been! Seriously, we have two water butts on our greenhouse and five on our house. We have now ordered two more, as it seems impossible to collect enough water to stop them running dry through the summer months. Good large butts are quite expensive, by the time you add on the base and the linking kits. It would be cheaper to just use tap water, I am beginning to think, but rain water is much better for plants. And I wash my car with it, too!

Talkback: Tulips

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 20:08
I feel exactly the same. My favourite colour for tulips is a good strong red - a wonderful contrast after the daffs, and the first red of the year after my chaenomeles. (Bet I have spelt that wrongly!)

Any one help

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:26

Aubretia was my first thought too, although I have seen vinca in flower now as well.

Growing holly as a pot plant?

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:25

I agree.    Holly is fairly slow-growing, so ideal for a pot and has the benefit of being evergreen.

I use holly prunings to put in a tub of spring bulbs.   It helps to deter the squirrels from digging the bulbs up, and the green leaves make the pot look more interesting until the shoots show.

Happy Easter

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:21

Happy Easter, everyone, but what is wrong with daffodils?   I have just been walking in the Dymock area of North Gloucestershire especially to see the fields, woods, banks, etc., covered in our native British wild daffodils - such profusion!     And far nicer than many of the botanical daffodils that now grace our verges.

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