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Tree paeony

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 09:37

Most peonies only flower after 2-3 years .  My tree peony flowered for the first time this year (year 3).  It was only the one flower (!) but absolutely worth it.  I am hoping for a few more next year.

Standard Fuschia

Posted: 15/05/2013 at 18:10

Sorry - no, I'm not sure.  Vernon's Geraniums (despite the name) do a reasonable number of fuchsia so you could try their website.  I expect there's a fuchsia society as well,

Kind regards,

Standard Fuschia

Posted: 14/05/2013 at 14:54

Hello Jayne,

I'm a frequent visitor to the forums but an infrequent contributor as I don't often have anything to add to posts by the very knowledgeable folk on here.  In this case, though, I can say that, yes, it is possible - I did it a few years ago but I must admit I did it in error, thinking I'd used a non-trailing fuchsia.  It did look pretty for the first couple of years, although a bit wild as of course it wanted to trail rather than bush out.  I ended up feeling rather sorry for it and let it go.  If you were to use a non-trailing variety I think the results would be better but good luck, whatever you decide.


Theft of Patio Planters and Containers

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:48

I had a window-box stolen from my front garden a couple of years ago and the thief clearly tried to take one of my smaller pots as well but gave up and only moved it a foot or so as it was far heavier than it looked - I had half-filled it with bricks before planting it up in the hope of this acting as a deterrent.  Unfortunately there wasn't enough depth to do the same with the window-box.  I've been reluctant to put window-boxes out since but took a chance last year and was OK and have just re-planted for this year.  I am now just keeping my fingers crossed.  One other thing: previously the front was just concrete and it was quick and easy to walk from the gate, grab the box and exit.  Since then I have had concrete removed and have planted it all up; consequently it would be less easy to access them and I'm hoping this may help.

Another "Guess the plant" Thread

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:36

I do enjoy these mystery plants (although I can rarely suggest anything!)

I agree with Nola and think the small one at the back is a Hebe but have no idea what the main one is.

RHS Online Plant Shop

Posted: 03/04/2013 at 15:33

Just adding my penn'orth.  I've not bought from the RHS but a friend was very disappointed with recent purchases. 


Cheese Plant Growing

Posted: 21/02/2013 at 17:03

I've had that happen to mine in the past and read somewhere that it happens when overwatered.  Could that be the case with yours?

Talkback: Growing plants for winter scent

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:07

Hi Chicky,

I have a wintersweet and only realised after planting that they can take up to 7 years to flower.  Mine started flowering in its third year (a little) and improves every year.  This year I've had a pretty nice display (year 5).  The fragrance is so lovely, though, that it's worth waiting for.  Good luck with yours!

Small pruning saw needs replacing

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:02

I've had a Draper folding saw which was great but I can't get a replacement blade for it as they've stopped making that size.  Have now bought a Felco folding saw, which is absolutely brilliant.

Do these grow through plants?

Posted: 13/02/2013 at 13:00

I know what you mean, Nutcutlet.  The smaller ones might go nicely with some of the other plants listed, byzantinus or butterfly glads (?)

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