gardenning granny

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Help with identifying this plant

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 16:34

it's a bit like lady in the bathtub - senior moment again - is that love lies bleeding?

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 21:48

unlike the annuals, perennials don't need a lot of warmth to germinate - I sow usually in spring, but later on will do - just don't expect them to bloom the first year, and if the plants are still quite small in the autumn I keep them in my cold greenhouse over winter

I've used  Chiltern a lot - they have some unuusual varieties and I think they send a booklet on how to germinate the various sorts of seed - ask for it when you place our order

I also collect seed from friends plants if I like the look of them and generally sow them straight away (that's what would happen in nature isn't it?)

have fun...


Major lilly problems

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:29

are they lilies or hemerocallis - day lillies?

if the latter, mine grow fairly dry and like to be in the sun

Help to identify

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:25

They look like geums - red, yellow or orange flowers on long stems and very pretty, but quite shortlived in my garden (2 to 3 years at most) - put them near the front of the border

Anyone good with tricky seeds

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 15:22

don't despair over pots of seed that don't come up after a year - tip the pot into a space somewhere in the garden and mark with a stick - it's amazing what comes up even after a year or two.  rememberthe poppy seeds that lie in the ground for years until the soil is turned over and then they germinate.

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 27/06/2014 at 10:35

It's used all its reserves on flowering so you must feed and water it to enable it to fatten up again, then when you replant in the autumn you feed and water some more - what a demanding bulb, but worth it even though it may never be quite as good as it was the first year.

what were they thinking of

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 18:12

wow fidget! just googled it

phlox of pink sheep?

Fuschia Cutting's

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:29

I must admit my succeses are all from cuttings taken in April, just as the plants start back into growth again - once they are are growing strongly and thinking about flowering it is too late - in my experience anyhow.  The early ones I just poke into the pots around the parent plants and there's no stopping them.

Talkback: New tortoiseshell butterflies

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:21

Ragdoll - you ned the plants for the caterpillars to feed on as well as the nectar plants for the butterflies- perhaps you need a wild area with nettles and things....?

I have yellow swallowtails on my budleija here in France this year as well as others I'm not so good at identifying.

Christmas Amarylis

Posted: 26/06/2014 at 12:14

nothing wrong - you fed it and it's enjoying itself - lucky you.  I keep mine year after year - when it has finished cut off the flower stalk and then feed it a bit more.  If it starts to die back stop watering and  let it dry out until you are ready to plant next autumn - it may simply keep going in the green.  what colour is it anyway?

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guess who's hiding in my compost bin

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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seeds for drought resistant meditteranean plants

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how to get rid of it - and then will the wasps return next year 
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When can I put the geraniums out?

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