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Shady blooms from seed - Help!

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 17:36

Mike is right - we all need a helping hand from time to time!  Start a compost heap to boost your soil fertility, this will then help all manner of things to grow.  Then start asking your friends and neighbours for bits from their gardens.  Finally - don't be too picky about posh varieties - start with things you know will grow because you can see them in other people's gardens.  Small plants tend do do better than bigger ones if you buy from a garden centre - they have less root to start with and will get away faster than big ones which have a lot of top growth to support and will be in potting compost which dries out too quickly.


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 17:20

ages since I've had time to check this site - and had wondered what had happened to you happymarion!  perhaps my quick checks had just been on other topics.  Yes, I too love your pictures and enthusiasm - it's infectious - and hope you have a wonderful golden jubilee year.

I'm afraid I am a hit-and-miss gardener, and believe that where a plant has made an effort it should be rewarded, so do not always take out things when I should.  My venture up the garden to the compost bins amused me as individual crocus plants seem to have popped up all over the grass area near to the winter bed where the real clumps are flowering.  The bulbs are all well into their stride - daffodil buds, hyacinth flowers appearing, snowdrops, primroses and anemone blanda all doing their thing.....but oh dear, I dread to think what damage I am doing as I have no paths in my garden - only beds separated by grassy areas and so soggy!  No sign of flowers on my auriculas yet - they are growing in clay pots - and the birds have all but stripped all the flowers of the mahonias near the house, but then they were grown partly for the birds.

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 12/02/2014 at 16:18

my success rate is also not brilliant - soaking - planting on side - and a lot of hoping for the best, but having said that mine are in flower right now and a bright splash of lurid pink and deep purple makes it all worth while.  my only question would be how deep to plant - I suspect it is far deeper that you would expect.


Posted: 12/02/2014 at 16:03

My four plants (all different colours of Phalenopsis) live on a windowsill not in full sunshine.  They get put in a washing up bowl once a week and watered from the top with orchid food, then left to stand in the water for about an hour.  After that they are taken out and water drained out of the pots before being returned to their pot covers.  That's all.  They all flower regularly over long periods of time.  My son (not green fingered) reckons he can cope with the once-a-week regime when I am away for long periods.  Two of the plants were the £4.50 ones that come around in Ikea at regular intervals.  As soon as you move into other species they have differing needs - indeed the English native orchids all need a much damper regime, but then they live outdoors in the garden.



Posted: 11/02/2014 at 19:21

Thank you Bob - great excitement today as I see little green shoots coming up in the indoor flower pot - to wet to see if anything is happening in the greenhouse.  It's always a surprise when self-saved seed of something a tiny bit unusual manages to germinate, but these days I'm prepared to have a go at growing anything that|I can gather seeds from.  I'm sure they will grow on nicely and just wonder now if they will come true to the parent plant which was blue.


Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:38

Oh yes, Petal - someone after my own heart - a good talking to makes all the difference.

Incidentally - my favourite is Annabelle - a lovely soft lavender blue - but I'd love to hear Bills selection now.

Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 06/02/2014 at 15:35

thanks everyone - I'll wait until it stops raining and then consider my options.


Posted: 05/02/2014 at 17:42

I have planted many iris alongside the road in my garden in the Languedoc.  So long as the rooted section is in the soil they seem to grow well, both in full sun and in shade.  They don't need feeding but they do need the sun to bake the rhizomes in the summer.  They grow like this in and around Monet's garden too, but they do need to be split, as you say, regularly to remove the older corky bits.  They don't like being wet - the drier the better!

Good luck - the colour and honey scent are just wonderful.

Lawn moss.... Help!

Posted: 05/02/2014 at 17:17

Oh dear! I removed all the moss a couple of years ago, raked over, added fertiliser and re-seeded with shady lawn mix. The grass did quite well last year.   I've just been down the garden to the compost bins and the area which was quite grassy last year is now verdant with moss - far worse than last time.  It is not actually a shady area, but is on heavy clay.  I'm getting a bit too old for all this raking stuff - any ideas?

Honeysuckle help needed!

Posted: 17/01/2014 at 10:11

never give up Pinkheart - one dud year and then surprises another!  I once nurtured a clematis seedling until it was three feet tall and leafy, then when cutting back michaelmas daisies when it was getting dark inadvertantly cut the clematis to the ground.  I was so upset at my own stupidity sprung forth the next year with great determination and these days attempts to smother everything in sight if I do not prune it ferociously in the spring.

Your honeysuckle will have sturdy roots under the ground and will hopefully leap forth in the spring if you cut it right down now.

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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