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Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 14:33

Right Obelixx, I shall go out and measure it and report back later!

Clematis Polish Spirit

Posted: 07/10/2013 at 10:09

I have a lilac tree, roughly 12' tall.  I've left the dead heads on as I can't reach most of them anyway.  And, I have a small Polish Spirit plant in a small plastic pot (part of a final day bargain lot at the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show).  If I plant it hoping it will grow through my lilac and provide colour after the lilac flowers are over, will it be easy to remove the top growth from the tree when I eventually prune the clematis down to 8" in March 2015?  Or do I risk damaging the new lilac buds in the process?

Mushrooms have just appeared out of nowhere in garden?

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 23:00

I blame the garden gnomes  

Runner beans - masses of flowers, only ONE bean.

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:25

Am pleased to report that eventually I had a bumper crop of runner beans and twining stems reaching up to the half landing window! (see photo).  I've left a few to mature on the plant for beans to plant next year.  Do you have to wait till the pods turn brown before picking, and how long does that take?  Most of the leaves have now dried/dropped off.  Should I continue watering until the pods are ready to harvest?


 

 

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 28/09/2013 at 10:22

Yes Blairs, I have. 

I'm wondering if anyone else has bought any of these Happy Days dahlias.  They come in various very bright colours with dark purple foliage. I googled them and found they were sometimes described as annuals and sometimes as tuberous perennials.  As I have dug them up with a ball of soil to put them in a pot whilest still in flower, I'm wondering if there are some tubers hiding in that soil.  Are there usually roots at the bottom ends of tubers?

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 27/09/2013 at 18:58

Well Verdun, hopefully someone will be along shortly to answer that question!  

Keeping Cosmos Flowering for Wedding

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 10:42

Helen, are you wanting to use them as cut flowers for your wedding or the reception, rather than just to make your garden look floriferous?

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 10:37

I bought three dahlias of the "Happy Days" series from B&Q in June as space fillers and they have been fantastic, growing to over 2' with masses of blooms. They still have lots of buds, but I need to dig them up to plant bulbs. The first plant has been removed and transferred to a pot, but it didn't have tubers, only roots.  Is this a new annual form?

"Plant in ericaceous compost" not specific enough!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 14:46

I have an azalea 'snow pearl' to plant and I have some ericaceous compost, but being new to this game, I need to know how much ericaceous compost I need to put beneath and around this shrub. Please enlighten me!

Agapanthus

Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:09

Sky Rocket is obviously made of sterner stuff Dove and benefitted from the bubblewrap blanket.  Do you have a photo of it in bloom this summer?

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