gardenning granny

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Agapanthus - what to do with it now?!

Posted: 25/10/2015 at 14:48

Wait until the seedheads are really dry if you can, and ready to pop.

The seed germinates very easily. but the resultant plants could take a year or two before they flower (or even more).  A sprinkling in a flower pot, sown immediately after harvesting, yielded about 60 plants, and I ran ouit of space to prick them all out.

I put a mound of leaf mold around the crowns, and a marker peg because the leaves of mine die away - the marker peg helps me remember where they are!

They also have roots that love to romp, so often flower better in a constricted space.

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 13:36

oooh Pansyface - if I get into all that washing, polishing and matching I shall have no time for gardening - but could it make my fortune?

Thank you DD for the baking suggestion - I think perhaps that's the one to go with. And thank you Bob for saying it is worth the effort.

Incidentally, the family dinner was much enjoyed with the ten year olds trying mussels for the first time.  Needless to say we had also brought back sufficient cheap white wine to cook them in.

Mussel shell uses

Posted: 24/10/2015 at 11:10

hmm - I'm not sure that all that helps me with the problem of dealing with the shells from 8 kilos of mussels that we brought back from France for a Moules Frites evening.

I think I might try the sledge hammer to bash them into submission first and then add them to several compost bins.

Do they have valuable ingredients to make the effort worthwhile though?


Posted: 24/10/2015 at 10:52

like many others I finally went to the GP when low back pain made ordinary living difficult.

She prescribed physiotherapy - this re-aligned the hips and gave many helpful exercises to relieve pain and strengthen muscles - also to re-educate posture.  During my treatments the physio also tried acupuncture and microwaves (not at the same time).

The net result is a decrease in the pain, but it has never completely gone.  When it threatens to get worse I do the exercises.  I am also more conscious of standing and sitting correctly which have been more important.

All of my treatment has been on the NHS - I'm not sure that I would have been prepared to pay over the odds for acupuncture on its own - I think the combination of methods has been very important.


Does anyone recognise this plant please? Thanks

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 18:52

I agree - argyranthemum

I'm told you need to take cuttings to overwinter, though I had one survive in the greenhouse last year

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:46

I've just trimmed back tradescantia that was threatening to take over the world, and now need to tackle the phygelius which has spread all over the place, but in an area where nothing else wants to grow, so I don't mind too much.  Then its planting out the five rooted rosenary cuttings - a nice rosemary hedge in the making, and clearing the dead leaves from the iris - they were spectacular this spring, so need to remove the dead bits and lift and replant the surplus.  I also have a lot of ornithogalum bulbs that I want to plant along a piece of wall where they can be seen to advantage next year..  Still enjoying the prolific flowering of tiny cyclamen - some deep pink, some a little paler - always a surprise when they reapear here, after the long, hot, dry summer.

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 13:32

There is so much advice - but as before, it depends on the type of orchid!  All of mine have ceramic or plastic pot covers.

Since my last post the spider orchid (orthontiglossum?) has been filled with heavily scented blooms, to my surprise as has the other one from Wyevale - both have softer leaves that flop out of the pot.- same treatment as the phalenopsis, watering once a week - I stand them in a washing up bowl and water from the top, allowing them to stand in the water for around an hour, than lifting out, draining and putting back in their pot covers.  The others seem to be producing new shoots, slowly.  Patience. is definitely needed, and my plants have not read the book! 

My son follows this procedure when I am away (for a month at a time) and he thinks they are the easiest plant he has ever looked after!

Books/reading material/guides

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 08:40

my christmas list is growing longer by the minute.....

Books/reading material/guides

Posted: 17/09/2015 at 20:17

I've just been diving into the RHS book "Pruning and Training" by Christopher Brickell - it is a mine of information and techniques, and more importantly "when" to tackle things.

I use the RHS Encyclopaedia of Plants and Flowers as a picture guide to recognition - it shows plants by size and  season of blooming.  I think it was quite expensive, but I got it for £1 as an introductory offer to a book club which I then didn't join!

And for sheer enjoyment, it has to be Christopher Lloyds correspondence with Beth Chatto - "Dear Friend"

Shrubs for birds' nests/cover

Posted: 24/08/2015 at 12:30

forgot to mention Mahonia Charity (or similar) - this is absolutely a must have in my garden.  The flowers are scented and loved by blue tits who fill the bush for a good feed, and then these are followed by berries which the blackbirds love - they bring their babies and teach them how to eat them.  I cut out the tallest branch each year to encourage it to make young growth lower down.

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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