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BBC Gardening Arrivals - Meeting Point

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 10:55

Hi Grayfleur, Katiejane and all the other safe landings.   Every time I see someone else make it here I wonder just how many of us have done so. Must be around 150, though I am not going to try to count everyone! 

Why won't my wisteria flower

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 07:43

I planted two expensive grafted hybrids three years ago, and they still don't look as if they are going to flower this year! 

I have let them grow to fill the available space.. This year I am going to cut back all but the essential growth, and will prune these back in July to encourage flower bud development next year.

ok the bbc site has shut down

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 21:58

Marty, check out the BBC arrivals meeting point forum. Lots of posts on tehre and you should get a good initial reaction from well over 100 emigrees. 

Anemone de Caen

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 18:13

I have only ever grown them in open ground, which is the norm. but in a pot you should use ordinary compost mixed with horticultural grit as they like good drainage. If you can't get that then use sharp sand (not builders sand ) from your local builders merchant. I would mix 3:1 by volume compost to grit / sand.

You could add bonemeal, though that is for term development of the corm and not for this year's flowers. They are not very hardy (zones 7 - 10), and will be more vulnerable to frost in pots rather than in the ground unless you shelter the pot.  I might lift them in autumn, dry and store them, and replant in spring. If you intend leaving them in a pot over winter maybe you should go for John Innes no 3, as ordinary MP compost will be nothing but peat and sand by autumn, 

New site - is it easy to use?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 17:56

Florie, I think that once you have responded to a post you get alerted by default to any subsequent post on that thread, even if it is not in response to your post. If there are several posts to the thread since you only get alerted once.

 If a poster wants to respond directly to you they can send a separate message rather than post to the thread. 

I hope that helps, and that it doesn't confuse you even more if I have misunderstood your problem. 

the plants and flowers

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 16:06

 Good for you! I sometimes think it woudl be good to have a thread where gardeners who only have a balcony can show of their tiny gardens. Can you post a photo?

Searching the site?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 15:59

If you click on 'Forums' at the top you get a list of forums. there is one on 'Problem Solving', which is probably the nearest to the 'Clinic', but there are more options than on the Beeb site, so you might look in 'Plants', or 'Allotments' etc.. 

Weed killer

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 13:41

Provided they are totally dead you can either leave them (as I do, decaying weeds get recycled) or remove them (as my OH tries to get me to do.). If you used glyphosate make sure the weeds have gone yellow / brown before lifting them.  

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 07:33

PS: they are so easy to look after. Just give them free draining compost / soil and let them get on with it. They can stand drought with no problem. Just forget about them when you go on holiday, even if its in a heatwave.When the central rosette flowers it dies, by which time there will be lots of babies on the outside to replant.

Sempervivum succulents/houseleeks?

Posted: 26/04/2012 at 07:30

Don't go on line. Much better to select ones you like when you see them close up in a garden centre. A few are named - such as a favourite of ours, Blue Boy, but most don't have a name, and some  of them are very unusual. Last weekend OH went shopping for some more, and found some being sold in packs of six. She 'rearranged' the display so that she had a pack containing the most attractive ones, and those that had 'babies' that will soon be ready for potting on (naughty girl!!).

You may need to shop around, go to more tha one garden centre to find a good range. This is the best time of year as they have new stock in for the year. 

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