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Climbing Rose

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:05

I love "Summer Wine" - a single rose with red wine coloured petals and beautiful gold stamens.  Unusual, but also has wonderful red hips over the winter.

At this time you still have "....the last of the summer wine" as a talking point with friends.


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 15:02

Hole in the ground works well!  I have so much green waste in the autumn that once my daleks are full I excavate a trench in the veg patch and fill that, then replace the soil I dug out plus the excavated soil from the next trench alongside the first.  I add in the comfrey leaves left over from making liquid fertiliser, shredded paper from the study.....anything really.

In the spring I just dig it all over, and it's always full of fat juicy worms.

Good luck.


Storing Seeds Over Winter

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:55

I use old envelopes, plastic press top bags and tiny plastic or glass pots.  I like to be able to see what I've got.  The essential thing is they must be really, really dry before you store them.

The cupboard under the stairs works well for me - dark and unheated by dry.

What is this yellow flower?

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:50

sometimes known as pot marigold and often grown alongside vegetables to attract polinating insects.

Composting Leaves

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 14:42

Of course they will be fine in the compost heap but why not consider popping them into plastic sacks (I use the old multi-purpose compost bags) and turning into leaf mould - I fill a bag, then tamp it down after a few days and add some more.  I keep them behind the greenhouse and after a year they are full of wonderrful smelling leaf compost and worms - great for the border.


Posted: 29/10/2013 at 15:20

fluffy cloud - if you plant it in a good sized plastic pot with the bottom removed that could help.  Personally I haven't bothered, but I think they like being fed in the spring. With regard to frost-hardiness you need to check online.


Posted: 24/10/2013 at 19:47

I have some in a large pot outside and a low growing one in a flower border - all in full sun and they have all flowered this year.  They are native to South Africa and I think they need maximum sunshine over here to do well.  I did feed them with comfrey fertiliser, but I'm pretty certain is the sunshine they need.

Hope you have more luck next year.

seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

Posted: 21/10/2013 at 10:56

hello boozysuzy - first let me say that my vertical garden is terraced into the rockface, and the soil where it exists is mainly schist so much of what grows is low growing - all the sedums do well, euphorbia myrsinites (from seed) does well, houseleeks of course.  Of the salvias the real toughy is the purple leaved herb one.  I also have bears breeches (acanthus mollis, I think), cyanara (giant thistle or cardoon) which may need staking against our vicious occasional winds, passionflower, iris of course, and then in shrubs phygelius and phlomis (both thepink one and the yellow) - sorry, not sure of the exact varieties and arbutus unedo (the strawberry tree), neflier....and pinks.  Not sure if this will help you - my planting has developed by trial and error and much is from cuttings and seed collected along the way.

do you have any other suggestions?

seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

Posted: 19/10/2013 at 11:43

sorry nutcutlet - senior moment - it was called Euphorbia Jimmy Platt - one of the tall ones, but it hasn't been in Chiltern the last few times I've looked.

thanks Swiss Sue - I'll give it a try as that's one I particularly want to grow.

seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 18:05

Thanks nutcutlet - sadly its out of stock this year.  Still, my favourite catalogue.  I grew a Euphorbia "Jimmy something or other" one year because the description said it gave off a smell of coffee beans in the summer.  Was amused as visitors to my garden in the vicinity of the plants always asked if there was coffee on the go!

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