gardenning granny

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which is the best fertiliser

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:11

I've always relied on comfrey liquid.  Beg a plant or two of comfrey  from friends and get a patch growing.  When it is growing well each spring cut it down and allow the leaves to decompose in a bucket of water. You will need to cover it and keep it well away from the house.  As soon as it smells like pig manure strain the liquid into bottles to use as a liquid  fertiliser which you will need to dilute before use.  The slurry goes into the compost bin and does a great job there.  Once your comfrey patch is established it can be "harvested"  2 or 3 times a year. 

Plant ID

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:05

The osteospermum one looks as though it is the hardy one.  I would cut back to a good shoot after flowering and let it regrow.  Alternately, if it is the hardy one,  covering the bare stems with soil might encourage it to root intothe frwesh soil and give you some new plants.  The iberis just needs it's flower heads trimming off.

when to take cuttings of Tibouchina

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 14:00

My tibouchina in a pot  got tucked away behind other plants and has grown on unnoticed.  It now has long stems of old wood with equally long stems of new growth on their ends.  Clearly I have to do something.  Should I try cuttings incorporating a bit of old wood and trim them back, or try putting stems in a container of water to see if they will root?  Would they root as cuttings from this year's growth?  Should I grit my teeth and keep it going over the winter and take cuttings in the spring? HELP!

A tester (tropical buffs only)

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 17:08

Caesalpina is a common shrub in the Languedoc, in France where I garden part of the year.  I think they are fairly short-lived - at any rate they get tall and lanky quite quickly.  They grow here where we have at least three very hot months of drought before the autumn rains come in October and everything springs into growth again.  They come quite easily from seed.

I would hate to see anything growing through it, but would sow seed and then replace it once the new plants were big enough.

Passion flower is a definite no no - it strangles anything and anyone that gets in it'sp[ath and is almost impossible to erradicate as the seeds lie dormant in the soil seemingly for ever.

Weed identification

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 21:40

the sow thistle family has several variants - but all seed furiously.  If it were in my garden I'd have it out (wearing gloves as they are very prickly) and on the bonfire.


Posted: 14/07/2016 at 20:24

Alam Titchmarsh has an excellent "how to get it to flower again" video on GW website.

My two spider orchids are now throwing up new stems

and my wonderful son, by doing nothing whatsoever, seems to have brought my Christmas amaryllis into flower again.  I had tucked it away to rest!

Mystery plant

Posted: 04/07/2016 at 17:51

a few years back I had crocus coming up in two or three pots that they had not been planted in and on examining my sack of compost it became apparent that there were a few more in there.  I concluded that a squirrel or mice had been hiding them there for a winter snack, and I had not noticed when I used the compost.

A nice surprise addition to your garden, methinks.

Jasmine - too early for flowers?

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:15

In Bedfordshire mine was flowering from April and is just about over now, except for a few late stragglers. However the one in France took several years to get established and only now flowers prolifically - again in the spring.  Feed and encourage this year and you may get some late flowers, but I suspect you will have to wait for it to get more established.

Heavily scented flowers

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:09

I'd go for pinks every time - mine flower and are scented in a trough (similar to a window box but at ground level) for about 9 months of the year.  In the spring there are also some scented primroses - you'd have to test them out before you buy though as the GC's never mention scent.

Plant ID please!

Posted: 26/06/2016 at 17:03

the scent should be quite heady in the evenings and it will self seed prolifically - transplanted seedlings need lots of water to get them over the move.

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