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Queen Elizabeth rose

Posted: 03/12/2012 at 06:51

Just what is it about a rose that makes you want to bury your nose in it?    It is almost a reflex action.    There aren't many other flowers that make you want to do that!

Queen Elizabeth rose

Posted: 02/12/2012 at 14:44

Wasn't this rose a freebie from the GW magazine earlier this year?

Green houses

Posted: 25/11/2012 at 14:58

I also bought my greenhouse from the greenhouse people.   Found their service excellent.

I know I have said this elsewhere, but always consider the slightly more expensive safety glass for your greenhouse.    I accidentally threw a stone at mine, and it just bounced off.     Great stuff! 

Lets hear it for the houseplants.

Posted: 12/11/2012 at 22:20

I have a red bourganvillea flowering on a south-facing window-sill.  

My monstera quickly outgrows its alloted space.    The leaves are about two feet long.   I have found the solution is to keep chopping off the top, together with an aerial root or two and then potting this up.    Once it has rooted, I decide which half to keep and then give the other one away.   

Our yucca reached the roof of our conservatory and also got the chop in the spring.    We had to use a saw, and took it down to just about a foot of trunk.   We chopped the cut off bit into seven six-inch lengths, and put each one into a pot.     We did this in February, and by April the original stem has thirteen new shoots and all the little ones had between two and seven shoots.    We have found seven new homes for them!  

Tree Peony

Posted: 06/11/2012 at 07:55

Does anyone know how long I will have to wait for a newly planted tree peony to start flowering?   I planted one in the spring of 2010.   The leaves look healthy but no flowers yet.

Soil and tulips

Posted: 05/11/2012 at 07:47

Tulips have enough nutrients for one year in their bulbs, so will be OK this year in old compost and flower in the spring.    You would need to change the compost after that, and to grow veg in you would need to change the compost for new.   Tulips are amazing.    When you buy a bunch in the supermarket they have been grown in water!    I saw a TV programme where they planted tulip bulbs in water, and cut the flowers for market just six weeks later.     Since then I do not worry about how good the compost is for the first year!

Tidying up herbaceous plants for winter

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 11:16

I like to clear up as much as possible in the autumn.    I need to see the spaces ready for planting more bulbs to flower in the spring.   I grow annuals such as cosmos, marigolds and lavatera, and these need to be removed.   When I cut down the perennials I always leave about 6-8 inches of stalks so I can see where they are.    It seems most people like to clear up in the autumn.    I do as much as I can and then the weather usually stops me!      I hope this is of some help.

Shrub Pruning - No limits?

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 11:08

Well, it can be cut back.    I know someone who keeps their Dawn at about four feet, and rather columnar in shape.    It does still flower, btu this is because it is pruned after flowering in the Spring.    Later pruning might remove the flowering wood.    If you plan to reduce yours, be prepared that you might lose the flowers for a year, until it recovers.

Tree/shrub suggestion

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 11:05

If it is any help, the shrubs/trees I have in pots are hydgrangea, acers, pieris, rhododendron, camellia, roses, flowering cherry, lavender, conifers, a patio buddliea, fuschias, rosemary, etc.

Insulating Greenhouses

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 11:00

Yes, I agree with obelixx.    Bubble wrap is the most effective.   If the cost seems prohibitive, you can use it for several years.    If still too much, you can always use it and only insulate part of your greenhouse, creating a wall across with the bubble wrap.    It depends how much you need to put into the greenhouse for winter protection.

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