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Growing flowers for a wedding on 5 August?!

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 13:40

Hi James

It's worth a go but a risky strategy! As Ladybird has pointed out, lots of your favourites will not be in season although there will be alternatives. You need to do some research on what will be available (L has already mentioned a few) and keep an open mind, as these may not be quite what you have in mind.  Best to research this ASAP as some things (hardy annuals, bulbs, perennials) might need to be planted in the Autumn to give them a good chance - if you buy them later as established plants they will be much more expensive. As well as perennials and possibly some annuals, there might be some shrubs that are still in flower then - possibly philadelphus for example. You should definitely think about growing some good foliage plants as well as flowers. And bear in mind that the weather, pests and diseases etc can scupper even the best laid plans. You will need to grow a lot to ensure that you have enough,and stagger the sowing times of any annuals and bulbs to ensure you have flowers at their peak at the right time . It would definitely help if you can protect some of your  precious plants in a greenhouse. Perhaps you could focus on providing flowers/ foliage for the venue and buy in the flowers that you want for the bouquet? In short, do your research, give it a go but be prepared to make alternative plans nearer the day!


Gladioli seeds

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:31

agree with Ladybird4 - they would eventually flower but as you cannot be sure what the resulting plants would look like, it probably isn't worth the bother. If you let the leaves die down and then dig up the corms (I find they don't survive if left in the ground over winter. I store mine in my shed), you may find lots of little baby ones around the main corm. You could try planting these up and growing them on, but again they will take a long time to mature and flower. You would eventually have replicas of the main plants though.

What is this plant called?

Posted: 04/09/2016 at 12:04

looks like pheasant berry - also known as Himalayan Honeysuckle (don't panic, not Himalayan balsam!)

Japanese Anenome

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 18:03

yes I have to agree that they are thugs. I value them under the tree in my back garden, where little else will flower once the tree is in leaf, but I made the mistake of planting some in a nice sunny border in my front garden. They are much too happy and I will have to dig them up and thin them out. They are very pretty at this time of year though and to be honest the rest of the plants in the border have run out of steam by the end of June. They sulk for about a year when first planted but once they get going there is no stopping them.


Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:58

Hi Lynne. I agree with Verdun. They are notorious for sulking after being moved, especially when well established. Pamper it in the Autumn with a good dose of muck, make sure it doesn't dry out and your plant should reward you with flowers in the spring. If there are lots of healthy leaves, it sounds like it is gearing up for a show!


Plant identity please

Posted: 21/08/2016 at 18:50

could be actea perhaps? long white fluffy flower spikes usually?

Quick question for the composting experts

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 20:57

Hi Daryl2

I shouldn't worry about the worms making a bid for freedom. I have noticed a lot around the lid every time I have opened mine lately. I think they come to the top when it rains - and of course the rain hammers on the lid. They usually settle back down. Sounds like you are doing all the right things with the content.


Copper tape

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 19:39

I find copper tape quite effective but you do need to "polish it up" occasionally otherwise it doesn't work. However, I do tend to treat it as just one weapon in my anit-slug and snail armoury. My hostas are now in pots encircled with copper tape, plus Vaseline around the rim and a mulch of all the crushed egg shells I saved in a jar over winter. Nematodes do seem to work best but I have run out of gardening budget for now! As previous posters have commented, the blighters do seem capable of abseiling/ parachuting onto precious plants ....

Identify this please?

Posted: 13/04/2015 at 19:29

they look a little bit like the violets that have self-seeded all over my garden. Quite a woody root, very resistant to being pulled up?

Favourite variety of your plants......

Posted: 08/03/2015 at 19:48

my favourite pulmonaria is Trevi Fountains. Grows in sun or shade - so fantastic for the many shady corners in my garden. Fabulous  leopard spotted leaves pretty much all year round, flowers for the bees in early spring. Low maintenance - just remove dead flower stalks and dead leaves to avoid mildew.

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