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What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 17:06

looks a bit like The President LP - I have flowers on that too, but without a close-up it's hard to identify.  I'm a bit sad that because I did not trim three plants hard enough last year they were straggly at the base and only flowered high up, so I have already cut them hard back.  Never mind - bet I get a good show next year.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 11/11/2014 at 07:35

naughty Verdun - you just needed to sprinkle the petals onto a salad

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 23:13

oooh - a touch of Midsummer Murders on its way.....

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 23:11

...and my clematis Ernest Markham has just got another half dozen flowers - clemtis? in  November? what a topsy turvey year this has been

Talkback: How to grow agapanthus from seed

Posted: 10/11/2014 at 15:49

re watering:  one of the reasons I top my pots with fine grit or small gravel is so that when watering you do not disturb the compost.  I use a bottle-top watering rose (you can get these for around £2-3 in the garden centre) and water fairly generously when I first plant the seed.  The gravel will maintain the dampness.  Pour away any surplus water that drains through the pot.  After that I only water if the compost begins to dry out - you can tell by lifting the pot and if it seems very light it needs watering.  The biggest cause of damping off is compost that is too wet.

Weed or flower?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 18:27

yes chickweed - one of my favourite weeds - you can roll it up like a carpet - quick and easy!

it's a sign of fertile soil - lucky you.

Do you grow Aconitum's?

Posted: 09/11/2014 at 17:36

If you've ever been round the poison garden at Alnwick (you have to opt for the tour to get you through the locked gates) you will have been amazed at just how many of the plants growing there you have in your own garden - be it poisonous bulbs (bluebells and daffodills) or the more obvious flowers and berries.  We have to learn never to eat anything we do not know about - which is probably why most of us don't pick the fungi growing in the woods (many of which are quite edible, if you know the right way to prepare and cook them) whilst in France |I m offered wonderfull girolles because the French have been brought up knowing which fungi can be eaten.  That said, there are fatalities every year!

help - bignonia - campsis radicans

Posted: 07/11/2014 at 09:18

Oh Bill - sounds like the troubles I have had with passionflower!  It's a bit like the poppy seed, it keep coming up everywhere and has grown a mile-a-minute before you notice it is there.

I want to grow my bignonia in a very exposed position at the top of my vertical garden (built onto the rocky side of the valley in the Languedoc).  For every five plants I plant I consider myself lucky if just one survives, so I've learned over the years that it is better to grow them myself from seed or cuttings.  Garden Centre plants rarely survive.

It's an enjoyable challenge.

help - bignonia - campsis radicans

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 18:36

thanks nut - that's not a company I've ever heard of and it didn't come up in my search.  I'll have a good browse later, but the info seems helpful.

help - bignonia - campsis radicans

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 17:18

Can anybody give advice on the best time to sow seeds of this stunning plant?

and how?

I know I've posted this elsewhere but hope that somebody somewhere  knows something.  Google seems to only throw up American sites which doesn't really help me.

Discussions started by gardenning granny

Overwintering Gaura Gaudi Red

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Are you gardening in France too?

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getting ready for the great Garden Bird Watch

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where have all the avatars gone?

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help - bignonia - campsis radicans

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more seed sowing queries

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overwintering solanum rantonnettii

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how to grow Bignonia from seed

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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

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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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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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