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Talkback: How to grow lupins

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:28

I  was given a white an pink lupin last year in the summer, I planted them in rich potting compost, feed them every 2 weeks with Miracle Grow, had them in dappled sun most of the day and a few hours of full sun in the afternoon, I sprayed them pretty often sometimes once a week with powdery mildew treatment ( it comes back without regluar sparying). My tow were small when I got them and they grew to really nice sized plants that summer producing about 4-5 flower spikes each that summer. 

I moved house that same year and put them in full all day sun and they struggled and wilted, so I planted them out at my new house in a dappled shade area. This year the white one is coming back healthy and strong already with a tuft of leaves waiting to burst out in spring. However the pink one sent up only one leaf shoot that looks like its struggling, I have a feeling this cold March may finish it off.

I did go to Homebase a few weeks back and there were some lupin seedings in the sale as they had wilted due to not being watered so I got about 30 large plugs for £9. I have since planted them in compost one plant per  container and put them in a poly tunnel. I took them out just this Tuesday when the weather was warm and left them ou for the week they have recoved from their wilt and have formed strong tufts of leaves that have started bursting out some have one or two large leaves so I am hoping to have a garden full this summer. I have since put them back under the tunnel due to the Freezing weather.

Shrub

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:09

This stuff is not hard to grow at all you can do it from seed sold at the garden centre, if you like it you might also quite like Mallow which is super easy from seed 

WEATHER this week

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:58

I am in Bury St Edmunds in the East and its bitter and frozen, my poor garden ! I had lupins, hosta, delpinium, peone in a ploy tunnel, took all my lupins and peone out tuesday last week and put them all back under on Friday. Every windowsill in my house has seedlings on them waiting for better weather. I also brought my hydrangia's in and have them on the windowsills where there is space !! My daphs were all just about to bloom and ar now flat on the ground. Even the snowdrops have been frozen and squished as have my crocus. My hollyhocks and foxgloves are really starting to struggle I am not sure how much more frozen weather I can take !!!!!!!!!!!!

Planting Out Forced Hydrangea Macrophlla ?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 23:00

I have been wanting to get some Hydrangea Macrophlla and spotted some for sale at £5 a plant which was cheap. However its March and these pants were in full leaf and bloom...clearly greenhouse froced. I could not resist and got 3 !!! My question is will I be able to plant these out in my large wooden planters ? When I got them home I cut off all the blooms re-potted them into larger pots and placed them into a warm south facing geenhouse for planting out later in the spring ??? I have read that "florist hydrangea" are not the same as nursery sold types ??? Has anyone ever done this ? I live in Zone 8

Floppy Rose

Posted: 27/02/2013 at 17:59

No problem Gardening Grandma. I will try the domed shaping once my rose sends up its canes this summer. I do sometimes wonder if its worth the trouble, the wildeve flowers are nice but nothing amazing. Speaking of rambler/ climbing roses this year I have bought x4 New Dawn roses, they have a very good write up, so I am looking forward  to seeing how they do 

Floppy Rose

Posted: 26/02/2013 at 11:14

I have a Wildeve rose, when I bought it, the label said compact shrub rose 3ft tall. This has not been the case, Wildeve has been more of what I would call a rambling/ground cover rose. It has produced a few flower clusters in its first year and grown quite tall, around one and half ft. I have had to put supports all round it. The big problems I am frinding are that its flowers sag downward so you cannot really apprciate them, and also the buds take weeks and weeks to form and then once they open they last around 2-3 days and drop off !!!!! So I wait all the time for buds to open, go to all the effort of propping indvidual flower clusters up.... and they blow away in the wind two days later.

I have placed my Wildeve in a prime location in an expensive half barrel, this year I have pruned it back about 1/3 taking out all the spindily stems and only leaving bigger stronger canes and stems. I have decided that if it does not do better this year I will plant it out somewhere in the garden and replace it with an Iceberg rose. 

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