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Latest posts by happycottontail

Surprise tomato plant!

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 19:36

Sorry I haven't been around for a few days - just very busy!  My tom plant is now about 14" tall.  I've taken a couple of pics, and since then I have pinched out the sideshoots.  What I'm concerned about is the white marbling on the leaves.  Should I be worried?



Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 21:15

Thanks for all the advice.  I will also have a look at the RHS site, Alan.

Advice please for a cuttings newbie!

Posted: 24/07/2014 at 11:02

I have never taken cuttings before, mainly because I haven't had anything to cut from!  I know there is plenty of advice around in magazines and the web, but some of it is conflicting and I know you lovely people won't mind giving me the fruit of your experience. I'm wanting to multiply my plants of Penstemon "Raven" and Dianthus "Memories".  I need to know all the ins and outs - cut above or below node, size of pot, best compost, grit or no, plastic bag over top? Not asking much, am I? 

Surprise tomato plant!

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 22:00

I have never grown tomato plants, but one has appeared in a bed below my kitchen window.  I have a theory about how it got there.  Some time ago part of the external wastepipe that comes from my kitchen sink got detached at the joint, so that for a couple of days all the waste water etc. was gushing over the flowerbed.  Well, I do eat quite a lot of tomatoes of one particular variety, so if it fruits the chances are it would be an Asda Aromatico cherry tomato plant.  It is about 9" high at the moment and growing fast, but neither the soil or the position is ideal.  So I need some advice on size of pot, type of compost, staking(?), feeding and watering please.  There are little pairs of leaves forming in the leaf axils. 

Leucanthemum Broadway Lights - will it thrive in a place that doesn't get much

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:06

Oops, I've missed the word "sun" off the description!  

Leucanthemum Broadway Lights - will it thrive in a place that doesn't get much

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:04

Such a beautiful plant, sitting there in its pot, so I want to plant it in the right place.

Hebe Purple Pixie

Posted: 22/07/2014 at 18:00

Hogweed it is quite small - about 9" high - and I only put it in the garden 5 weeks ago, so I don't know if you could call it mature  

Hebe Purple Pixie

Posted: 21/07/2014 at 19:38

This is my first ever Hebe and I would like to know how to trim it to get more flowers.  It has been beautiful for the last six weeks, but now the flower spikes are almost over.  Do I cut them off just below the bottom of each one, or does the plant need more drastic pruning?

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:49

Good idea Fairygirl!

Japanese Anemone not happy

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 14:22

As if right on cue, this is what popped up on Facebook today.    

RHS - Royal Horticultural Society 1 hr · 

FledglingFriday??? Do you have a difficult place for planting? Dry shade isn't very inviting but there are plants that will survive and brighten up those dull and dingy corners. Use our Plant Finder to find some great ideas: Do you have a favourite shade dweller?
This is Anemone x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’

And underneath was a lovely photo of how I hope my anemone will look later this summer  

Discussions started by happycottontail

Overwintering begonia tubers

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Last Post: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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White Dianthus "Memories"

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Last Post: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Last Post: 24/07/2015 at 18:16

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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Last Post: 20/07/2015 at 07:56

The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 22:22

Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 19:31

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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Last Post: 08/06/2015 at 18:53

Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
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Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 11:13

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

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Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 04:50

Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
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Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 21:40

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 22:47

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

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Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 13:20
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