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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!

Plant ID

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:57

yes, looks like cobaea scandens, though that's usually purple - must be a special Sissinghurst variety - also called the cup and saucer plant - and as nutcutlert says, not hardy.  Save some seed and grow them next year - may not come true to colour, but worth a go.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:54

good year for callicarpa, Lilylouise.  Mine is a mass of colour - such an unbelievable colour for berries.

 this seed head always makes my laugh too! it's magnolia.

Ripening Tomatoes

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:44

I am picking mine as soon as they show the slightest hint of colour and they are ripening, allbeit slowly, in a bowl on the worksurface.  They were planted very late (July) outside, grown from the seed saved from a "black" tomato bought last year in the supermarket in France - just wanted to see what it tasted like.  They are delicious - must remember to save some seed again.

Patience Tony!

seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 17:33

I would lke to grow some plants for my garden in the Languedoc.  It gets very hot and dry in summer and cold and windblown in winter.  They have to fend for themselves as I am only there for part of the year.  I want to try Dorycnium Hirsutum, Salvia chamaedrioides and Zauschneria Western Hills.  So far my searches for seed for them have drawn a blank.  Does anyone know where I m,ight find such specialist seed?

Plants cost around £5 each and with only a 50/50 chance of survival I thought |I might have more success for less outlay with seed.

Any help would be welcome

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