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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

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.


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