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Black Elder

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:22

no idea what the bugs are, but the leaves will be dropping around now so perhaps a good idea to collect them up and recyle both leaves and bugs in your green waste bin - unless you're a bonfire person!

Black elder grows into a substantial tree, around 2 metres high, and magnificent when into full flower.  I think I would let it grow a bit before I started hacking it about....others might have better advice?  I pruned back the bits that were hitting me in the face as it is quite near my washing line, but I now wish I had curtailed it's growth when it was a bit smaller.

Hogitat advice

Posted: 02/11/2015 at 12:16

you'll know when they come, they sound like a herd of elephants crashing through the undergrowth!

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 14:20

no room in GH.....woops......where next?

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 01/11/2015 at 11:57

Thanks Verdun - rather echos my thoughts.

Definitely the tender ones but they are magnificent at the moment.  I think they'll have to join all the other overwintering things in the unheated lobby - the pelargoniums, aeonium, lantana et al......I'm not all that formal in my gardening and always think that anything that performs well for me, or has struggled to grow in the first place, deserves a little TLC.  My family just have to co-exist with the plants!


Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:13

hellebores do not come true from seed, and they self seed prolifically if they like your garden.  I tend to pot up any that I think may be worthwhile and then sink the pots into the garden.  That way I can wait to see what colour they are when they flower, and move them easily to other places, or give them away if the colour is not to my taste.

Hogitat advice

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 18:09

never heard of a hogitat - is there a website for the company that makes them that would have sensible advice?  I have lots of hedgehogs in the garden but have absolutely no idea where they actually hibernate.

Osteopernum ?

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:55

Just picked up this thread from a month ago.  My osteospermums from T & M were very slow to get going and are now, very end of October, in full flower.  I also picked up three pots (each with 3 plants) from the GC chucky-out bin for £1 each, and after trimming off the dead flowers they too are in full flower.  I'm guessing it's a bit too late to take cuttings now?

If I bring them indoors should I cut them back (there do seem to be green shoots around the base of the stems) and then do I keep them just this side of dry, or water a bi8t more generously?

Overwintering begonia tubers

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

you all made me think it was time to store mine too.  They were a pack of  4 corms from the chucky-out bin at the GC for 50p.  They have flowered all summer, and are (well were) still flowering this morning.  But OK, I felt perhaps it was time to liftt them so I now have a little vase full of the last flowers....and the corms are upside in the greenhouse to dry out.  Thanks for the reminder.

Leaf mould

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 11:52

also, if you don't let them rot down first you may be introducing all sorts of pests and diseases into the soil, especially as these are collected from the wild.

Passiflora caerulea

Posted: 31/10/2015 at 11:49

Like Hostafan I dug mine out.  It grew too quickly - covered the house wall - very beautiful - produced lovely apricot like fruits - flowered profusely and was much admired for 3 or 4 years.  It had to be removed ten years ago, after finding shoots coming up behiind the skirting boards of an iinternal wall in the house.  I am still pulling out seedlings as soon as I spot them from around where it was originally planted - long roots - and vast quantities, as they get going really rapidly once they see daylight.

This is my ultimate no no plant - as bad if not worse than russian vine.

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