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Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 17/01/2015 at 10:42

forgiver my ignorance Nut but what does the Hardy Plant Society do?

Which company to order seeds and plants from...

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:44

I'm another Chiltern fan - mainly because they cover so many more varieties and unusual plants.  They also do a "bargain basement" which gives you a mixed bag of things you might never have thought of trying.

T & M, Unwins, Kings, Fothergills - seem as good as each other but more restricted choice of less common varieties.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:38

What kind of tree was it?  If the needles just fall off just spread them round your acid loving plants, some of the  sturdier types will be harder to assimilate, and the branches will take forever to rot down.  I'd be inclined to use them to protect my seed beds when I start planting next year.

Viburnum Fragrans

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:27

perhaps it's time for some coaxing and encouraging words?

you didn't prune it did you? I think it flowers on last years growth - somebody will put me right if that's wrong!

Unknown invaders!

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:11

One year every time I took compost out of the sack I found crocus bulbs in it.  I can't believe the compost company packed it full of crocus bulbs so concluded that mice or squirrels had been hiding them away during the year waiting for the cold weather.


Posted: 16/01/2015 at 17:07

In France they cut them back with shears in the autumn, leaving just the last couple of inches of growth - you end up with a grey-green rounded shrub which then takes off in the spring.  Whatever you do don't cut down into the old wood because it won't regrow from there.  It might be worth potting up cuttings when you clip them back - pot into gritty soil and put in a shady place - they root really easily.

Rowan tree issue??

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:59

Not sure this is relevant, but I  had a  problem with a moth that burrowed into the wood just above the graft.  The bark healed around it and once I worked out what it was I was able to get something pointy and extract the chrysalis - then spray into the hole with fungicide.  It recurred for three years and then disappeared with no apparent long term damage to the tree.

Bad news for garden birds

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:51

I've noticed this too, Joyce GL.  Every year seems different when it comes to the birds - this year we suddenly have loads of housesparrows, plenty of blackbirds, but have only seen goldfinches one or two at a time, and not that often, and the longtailed tits flew in one day last week, and then were gone again.  Robins, blue tits and great tits always seem to be around.

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 16/01/2015 at 16:39

I'm afraid it will depend on the type of orchid.  Phalenopsis are the common easy ones and all the advice above suits them.  Other types are not so easy and there is loads of advice on giving a rest period, keeping pot-bound - or not - misting regularly -  and so on depending on type. 

I have an excellent well illustrated book from the Aura Garden Guides series which helps demystify the subject - it was only 2.99 in my local Wyevale or I bet you could pick it up online.

Whilst my phalenopsis have all been growing and flowering well for at least five years, the cymbidium I had just went downhill and eventually died.

I have been given the scented Odontoglossum for Christmas, and picked up another for £4 today in Wyevale - they are more leafy than the phalenopsis and I shall have to read up exactly how to treat them.

I suggest you check the lablel to identify what you've got.

only leaves

Posted: 15/01/2015 at 16:12

feed it whilst it is growing well and allow it to die back naturally (though sometimes they refuse to die back - b**** minded ones) and that should put enough goodness back in the bulb to get it flower again.  I'm still waiting for my bought one (and one from last year) to actually consider throwing up any kind of shoot.  Biog fat solid bulbs - I'm waiting hopefully.

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