gardenning granny


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jasmine polyanthum

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 19:11

that's a timely reminder, Dove.  I have a couple of tiny campsis plants grown from seed - they're sitting outside at the moment but perhaps I ought to bring them in for the winter.  In France I have a similar plant - Tecmaria - which is far more tender than Campsis.  The cold winds down from the mountains cut it down to the ground sometimes, but it springs back into action , making a couple of metres of growth, as soon as the weather warms up a bit in March. That one's only problem seems to be that it doesn't seem to get round to flowering until October, by which time the winter weather is advancing rapidly.  That's the challenge of gardening, I suppose.

Overwintering Tibouchina

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 17:35

thanks Lydiaann - didn't  know about the ericaceous compost, but I think I used multi-purpose when I re-potted it.  I think it's going to be a case of crossed fingers and hope.

Strange Looking Fruit

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 15:30


 this is magnolia soulageana - like an exotic bird and you can see the seeds birsting forth

Kiwi Fruits

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 15:23

Mine grew in a largepot, climbing over a pergola for years.  It seemed to be pretty hardy and had wonderful scented creamy flowers much loved by the bees every year.

Overwintering begonia tubers

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 15:20

also take care next year - I overwintered mine last year, planted up again when new growth appeared on the top, and put the pots out in the garden.  Unfortunately I watered them well and stood the pots on plastic trays as I was going to be away for a month.  It rained considerably during that time so the poor corms sat soaked through and just rotted away.  I won't make that mistake again.

Overwintering Tibouchina

Posted: 29/10/2015 at 15:15

My little Tibouchina plant from Lidl has grown quite tall and lanky.  It is about to flower.

Last year with a similar plant I brought it into a cold coservatory where it promptly dropped its buds and gave up the ghost.

I think I need to bring it indoors again, but should I cut it back?  Should I keep it fairly dry or does it need water?  Experienced advice needed please.

Plant ID

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 17:19

thanks Dove - senior moment - I didn't actually see the picture before commenting - was in the middle of lifting and bringing in my echeverias

Climber needed for a very narrow sunny spot - is it really possible?

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 15:05

Campsis radicans (bignonia) would love a sunny wall as would morning glory

in a narrow space like that you will have too water it from time to time, and liquyid feed to get it going

virginia creeper is another - but regular watering will be the key to your success

Plant ID please

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 15:01

I get a lot of those popping up randomly in my Languedoc garden - definitely a weed with a longish tough root.  Where most things need TLC this just appears and thrives regardless.

Please let me know if you discover something to the contrary...

 

Plant ID

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:58

so many good suggestions - but I think they look like sweet williams, in which case they will spread to form a nice little clump and flower next year.  They are sort of biennial, but sometimes go on for another year, and often self-seed.

of course I could be completely wrong....

it will be fun to see what they do turn into next year

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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