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more seed sowing queries

Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:26

I thought I had mummified flowers on my Hibiscus Blue Bird and then discovered they were the seed pods, bursting with ripe seed.

I can't resist a challenge so have to give them a go but when to sow?  If you have tried them how did you get on?  Otherwise I will do what I did with the agapanthus and sow now with one pot on the kitchen windowsill and another in the cold greenhouse.

I still can't decide what to do with the seeds of the bignonia - sow now or in the spring?

any advice/experience  would be welcome


Posted: 05/11/2014 at 15:19

Here in Bedfordshire in heavy clay mine is doing very well - full of berries this year. I love the colour at this time of year when so much has died down.  Mine is underplanted with hellebores.  I need to trim is back into a more sensible shape as it has stretched forward to catch more sun.

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 03/11/2014 at 22:07

Thanks for that idea DW - it had not occurred to me to save seed!  MInd you my house seems to be full of little pots of seeds waiting to be put into containers for well as a nice tray of violas from saved seed.


Posted: 02/11/2014 at 09:22 does's become big business in the Dutch horticultural industry.

Winter Readings

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 15:20

Ooh thanks for that info LeskleyK - Geoff Hamilton was such a manageable gardener and missed by so many of us.  I have the original videos but sadly no longer have a video player - may have to uopgrade to the DVD.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:13

Sorry, Philippa, you are quite right.  I was only responding to Mike's suggestion of buying supermarket orchids, which are usually phallenopsis.  If the label says anything else you'll need to do a bit more research.


Posted: 01/11/2014 at 13:01

Hi there Mike.  My son, who definitely does not have green fingers, has decided that of all my plants that he is supposed to care for whilst I am away for a month at a time the orchids are the easiest!

They like to be in the light, but not direct sunlight, and must never stand in water.  I water once a week by placing the pots in a washing up bowl and watering from the top then leave for an hour or so (timing not crucial).  Then they are lifted out of the water, drained and put back ion their pot covers and back on the window sill.

That's it.  I currently have four - two in flower and two which have just finished after flowering from last Christmas.  If the stem  still has buds below the dead flowers leave well alone.  If it is dry and dead looking cut it back. 

Good luck.  Well worth a try.  Even if something goes wrong you will have had six months of stunning flowers for a fiver!

overwintering solanum rantonnettii

Posted: 01/11/2014 at 12:51

I bought this plant in the spring and it is in a pot.  It is in full flower and a striking deep blue colour.  I know it's not fully hardy so....should I bring it into our unheated lobby with the geraniums or would it be happy in my unheated greenhouse?  Should I cut it back now.....or in the spring (it's grown quite large).  Should I fleece it?


What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 14:05

Flowerlover2 is that a schitsostylus (can't remember it's proper name - we call it schizophrenic!) amongst the hebe?

it's very beautiful and one of the most striking late year flowers

Couch Grass

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:25

Is it a large patch of unplanted ground?  I have used the old carpet teatment very successfully.  Cover the whole area with an old carpet (you may find one at the council tip) and leave for six months (that's the winter accounted for).  This prevents air and light reaching anything and any real tough weeds and grass will be weakened by the struggle against it.  When you lift the carpet the ground can be dug over and the root removed.  Anything that tries to regrow then can be sprayed with glyphosate. Much of the end of my garden needed this treatment as it had been neglected and become overgrown with couch and bramble.

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