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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.

Leaf Mould

Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:17

I don't know the answer - but I used to be given  bin-bags of leaves swept from the local school playground, many covered in black spots.  All went onto my leaf-store pile and by December I covered the heap with a plastic sheet.  Two to three years to fully compost (gardening involves a lot of patience) but the second year the heap was adjacent to the first one, and in year three I was using the first heap leaving space for that years leaves.  I would never add rose stems or leaves (they go to the council recycling).  I have used this system for more years than I care to remember and have never had a problem or seen any disease introduced into my garden (except the year we all got tomato blight, and that was nothing to do with leaf mould).

I'm sure somebody will tell me that's all wrong.....but it works for me.


Posted: 31/10/2014 at 11:04

What a long discussion!  I was quite saddened reading it through.

As somebody who has gardened since being a toddler, and has learned as I go along, now well into retirement, I love this forum.  I dip in and out, ask about things that puzzle me, make suggestions to identify plants and am happy when someone else has a different suggestion.  I don't have time to read every thread so just click on those that sound of interest.

Sometimes I think things are irrelevant to me - so I don't read on.  Some people have a lot of experience, some have little , but we can all learn from what others say.  Nobody has ever made me feel unwelcome - nobody ever welcomed me to the forum - what does it matter?  We look at the forum because we are interested in gardening and like to share our passion with others.


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