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anyone tried taking grevillea cuttings?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 15:03

My grevillea, in my Languedoc garden, flowered magnificently this spring and has just filled up with a new set of buds.  Sadly it was just being fleeced for the winter so I will miss seeing them.  It had put on quite a bit of growth so I wanted to take cuttings.  Ihave taken six semi-ripe stems, dipped in rooting hormone and then sunk into very gritty compost and schist mix.  I'm not very hopeful but have got them on my English kitchen windowsill.

What should I have done? - info for next year please.

ash from wood burner

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:55

I have spread last years woodash around the roses this year, though not right up to the stems, and they have all flowered magnificently.  It does needraking/forking in though, as it turns into a claggy mess if you just leave it on the surface.

Need an easy use composter

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:48

Oh dear - I'm the original hit-and-miss composter, with six dalek bins in use, plus plastic sacks for the autumn leaves.  I do get a huge return from bins though.

Artjak, I'm sure you will know why the worms in my bins head for the lid.  Everytime I open a bin I find myself scooping them up from the edges where they seem to be running away, and dropping them back into the centre.  One of my bins is alive with wrigglers in the lid at the moment - I have been redistributing them amongst the other bins.

Is it too late to plant out Buddleia davidii?

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:38

I thought budlieja were really tough cookies.  I would have thought now was the ideal time to plant. If you're on a windy site I would stake the main stem to prevent it growing off at an odd angle in the spring.

I've cut down the dark blue ones because they looked so awful after the summer (down to a bud, that is, not down to the ground|) and I have a cutting that has outgrown it's tiny pot that I really ought to put somewhere - a bit of an oddity as despite being a cutting from the dark blue one its flowers were white.

Something to cover a pergola that doesn't drop flowers

Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:26

The problem with many rampant climbers, like clematis viticella, is that they have to be cut down in the winter so you would be left with a bare pergola.  I suppose the same would apply to passionflower, and that's even harder to tame than viticella!


Posted: 27/10/2014 at 14:20

I've been wondering what to do with my tibouchina (bought from Lidl this year) which has developed into quite a large shrub and is covered in buds.  It's still outside on the patio but reckon it should be coming indoors soon.  Any advice on how hot/cold it might like to be?

Then like you I will be struggling for space in my lobby as I bring in the geraniums.  I'm too much of a softy to throw out plants that are in full flower!

solar or not

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:33

Here in France, where I am at the moment, every school roof is covered in solar panels, they have started to put solar shades over the supermarket carparks (shae is very welcome here in the summer) and every winegrower covers the rooves of his buildings.  The system is different here, but they get an excellent return from the government and so much more friendly than fracking which seems to me to be very destructive.

It is a myth that they need sunshine to work, they generate all the year round though much less when it's cloudy.  We considered it a longterm investment - we were promised it would have paid off the installation costs in ten years, but it is likely to be seven or eight the way things are going.  So for those years you have the reduced cost of electricity, but after that you have around £2000 a year income which is worth considering.

Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 19/10/2014 at 10:26

Thank you for reminding me of the name of the Duchess, Bilje - I had quite forgotten it.  It doesn't seem to multiply very quickly, nor does Topsy Turvey (which I leave outside in France, but bring in in England - but it came from the Eden project, and I love it's "inside-out" habit).

I'm not usually into detailed names, I just need to know that on the whole the houseleeks are happy outdoors and love the wet weather, while the echeverias definitely don't like the cold and the wet.  They live in my cold greenhouse quite happily through the winter.

Anyone know what this is please?

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:39

the large plant in my sink, in flower, is an echeveria (as is the purply one in the foreground).  It will need to be brought under cover for the winter (I lift mine and keep it in the cold greenhouse during the cold months).  I also have them growing in balconnieres in my place in southern France - they manage with virtually no water through the summer, but again are brought under cover for the winter as they can't stand the wet (you will see they are surrounded by gravel to keep the leaves off the soil).  Treated right they produce many offspring around the original rosette and can get quite big.  The flowers on mine are a salmony pink.


Moving clematis

Posted: 18/10/2014 at 19:23

I'd leave the winter flowering one until the spring.  If it's in the wrong place I'd give it a go then anyway, after all, it's not going to cost a fortune to replace it if it doesn't survive (Wyevale usually have a 3 for £10 offer in the spring).  The other option is to plant some of the feathery seeds - the winter flowering ones seem to grow quite easily 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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When can I put the geraniums out?

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