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Seed Sowing Time Yet?

Posted: 03/03/2015 at 16:41

Oh Mark - beware the clivia! I hope you have lots of good gardening friends.   Last year mine was so top heavy I decided to repot it.  It split into five large plants - each seemingly as big the single one from which they had come.  I've managed to find good homes for three of them, and the other two have grown at a rapid pace to refill the pots to the size of the parent.  It's a bit like trying to rehome a batch of kittens.....there are only so many you can find room for!

Hibiscus

Posted: 01/03/2015 at 13:45

Thanks philippa - I'll have a go.  Incidentally the ornithogalum planted outside in France last autumn have grown enormous in both locations I was trying them. in....now hoping for flowers this year!

Hibiscus

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:48

Good advice already given.  My best one grows against the garage wall in front of three different clematis.

I saved some wonderful fat seed pods from my Bluebird last year - any advice on sowing?  I wonder if they need the frost treatment?  I usually just plant seeds I collect and see what happens but anyone with  experience could advise me?

hyacinths

Posted: 21/02/2015 at 07:39

What a lot of doom and gloom! I've got a huge clump of pink hyacinths under my apple tree after planting out just three flowered blooms ten years ago - they produce more and more blooms every year, a tad smaller I agree, and like all the spring bulbs they get fed with tomato feed after blooming until the foliage dies down.  The only downside is that the dying leaves are a magnet for snails....but then you know where they are and can pick off and dispose regularly!

The blue ones get planted around the basking hippo my fun-loving son gave me some years ago, to represent water, and cause a laugh or two from visitors.

 

New Clematis Armandii

Posted: 20/02/2015 at 14:30

I think this is one of those plants that either likes where it is or doesn't.  Against the odds I have one on a trellis exposed on all sides...and it thrives, even in our heavy clay soil.  But it is evergreen - never seen it without leaves - and full of buds right now.  I never give up on anything until after several months....or if the stem falls off when I touch it...I would give it a few months to see what happens - after all it wiill be concealed behind the other shrubs you planted there, which could just have taken all the moisture and caused it's downfall?

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 12/02/2015 at 09:26

I always thought fieldfares were open country birds, but we always get them in the garden because they come to eat the fallen apples.  I have three ancient tree and just can't cope with the surplus (thats after giving away and juicing, freezing and turning into pies and crumbles).  In the end of leave a few heaps of apples in the garden - and down come the fieldfares.  I envy you your wide range of birds Heather....but we do now have two tree creepers if you can locate and follow them!

What am I?

Posted: 11/02/2015 at 09:02

Agree - ceanothus - the colour of the flowers and when it blooms  will help identify which one, I find it an umpredictable shrub - I think it needs a bit of shelter from a fence or a wall.  In one cold winter half the shrub, by then very old and woody, seemed to die back but when I went out with a saw after a few months I could see new growth.  Cutting it back shouldn't have harmed it.

Window ledge style heated propagator - any good?

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 19:10

love the youtube Frank!

I'm sure most of us make use of plastic food trays, clear bottles and a bit of clingfilm - or is it just my "make do and mend" mentality?

Daily Bird Sightings 2015

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 17:18

that'l sort out your ants then, gardenmaiden - lucky you.

Spring Bulbs not flowering

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:14

thanks for giving it a name Buttercupdays - I always think of it as the base from which all other crocus were subsequently bred

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can you ID my new succulent please?

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Are you gardening in France too?

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more seed sowing queries

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can anyone ID this plant please?

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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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