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Talkback: How to create a year-round pot display

Posted: 09/04/2012 at 12:17


Yes you can, but you will only have a display during the summer, as the nature of these plants is to die down in the winter.    Try some small evergreen shrubs, such as eunonymous or skimmia for winter colour, and add a few crocus, snowdrops, dwarf daffodils, etc., for spring colour.   There are some plants that like being grown in pots, such as agapanthus, patio roses, buzz budleias, etc.

Hope this helps.


Posted: 01/04/2012 at 18:50

I think your husband is correct and they will come up through the raised beds - but I would dig them up rather than using weedkiller.   I keep one clump of nettles, tucked away behind the greenhouse.   They are out of sight, and no one accidentally gets stung by them.    I harvest them quite frequently and put them in the compost bins, where they are a good organic accelerator.


Posted: 16/03/2012 at 21:41

How new are they?    If you have only very recently planted them, they are probably busy putting down roots, and the leaves will follow later when they have established themselves.

Talkback: Garden birds and garden pests

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 21:33

We put up a nest box early in 2010, but had no takers that year.    Last year a pair of great tits raised two broods in it, and are back this year.    We didn't see the young birds emerge from the box last year, but one day they were running around on our veggie patch.    Despite the parents calling to them from a tree, the fledglings didn't show any fear of us at all, and we were able to stand and watch their antics really close up.   It was magic!

whichway is up

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 21:20

Sorry I don't have an answer for you - only a question!   What are they?    I can't find this in my gardening books.

Beat The Drought

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 20:13

Last year my seven water butts were mostly empty all through the summer.    We watered our vegetables and pots and largely ignored the flower garden.   This added aout £30 to our water bill over the previous year.    We are now thinking to install another couple of butts, but when you research the cost of a butt, stand and linking sets, it will take some four years to recoup the cost.   But what is the alternative?  

Foxtail lillies

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 20:05

In the autumn of 2009 I bought and planted one foxtail lily, and in 2010 it flowered with one stem.    This year there are two shoots coming up, so I imagine it multiplies. 

Talkback: Growing veg in shade

Posted: 10/03/2012 at 18:47

It started yesterday, Friday 9 March.     You can always see it on I-player.

Redesign of garden

Posted: 04/03/2012 at 03:29

I like the idea of flowers in the veggie plot, too.   Two years ago we suffered badly from blackfly, but last year we edged the whole veggie section with different marigolds, and had no trouble at all.   It looked terrific, and due to the mild winter they kept flowering well into February this year!  

Our nasturtiums, grown on the opposite side of the garden, did suffer with blackfly last year, so we shall grow them together with marigolds in future.

Peace Lily

Posted: 01/03/2012 at 07:18

This plant does like moisture, but you may be overwatering.      I have one which is very lush with its foliage, but never flowers.   Can anyone tell me why not, please?

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