hollie hock


Latest posts by hollie hock

How to dismantle a pallet?

Posted: 28/08/2016 at 07:41

Gardengirl is ace at doing this. I can't remember how she does is, it's on her pallet thread

Are Heliotrope hardy

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 10:51

I'm having a go at these from seed this year. After a shaky start I've got 3 survivors at the moment. Small but good roots. I'll over winter them in the cold frames

Shop bought multipurpose compost

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:46

I've been using Magnolia I think brand from local nursery for a while now. Last year there must have been loads of weed seeds in it and this year, it's had a tendancy  to grow that green crust on the top of the pots.

What seed are you sowing now ?

Posted: 26/08/2016 at 08:07

Will be sowing some hardy annuals like cornflowers and calendulas soon. Outside in pots, wallflowers would grow well now.


I would wait until Spring for the Cosmos wakeshine. Lupins I would sow now outside and see what happens.


I hadn't thought of sowing snap dragons now granma, I know they like to be sown early Spring but never thought about over wintering them. Worth a go I think, thanks

moving house/moving garden

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 17:01

Take some of your favourites in pots if you can. A lot of plants can be split and divided so at least you will have some when you move. Cuttings are worth having a go at too

My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:56

Lovely purple colour of the aster Kitty. I tried growing asters for the first time this year and they are just coming into bloom now. I think it's been a dreadful year for cosmos,my dwarf ones came into flower just a couple of weeks ago. Normally I would have expected them to have been in flower for a good couple of months by now


Lets hope we get an Indian Summer so we get to see the blooms


That's very exotic looking Ladybird


Anyone started saving seeds yet?

Posted: 23/08/2016 at 16:44

I've started too, foxgloves, ragged robins and some lychis coronaria, mostly white as I forgot about the pink ones and they've disappeared. Still waiting for some wallflowers and my honesty are taking age to ripen.


Ripe seeds should be dry, rattely and fall off the old flower head.

What are you most proud of/pleased with?

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 19:29

I have a couple of hostas in those old galvinised buckets and pails. I don't know why it works but it does, no nibblers at all.

Plants I won't be growing again next year

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:29

No more bedding/trailing plants or corncockles. Probably won't bother with echium blue bedder again, it was pretty but did badly in the rain, really prickly too.


Goes to show we are all different, I'm thinking maybe of growing some gladioli and have grown some hollyhocks for the first time in years.I have a perennial type one and it doesn't seem to be affected, the little ones in the pots have a few small spots of rust already so not sure that will work out.

Is gardening good for the soul?

Posted: 20/08/2016 at 19:14

Nut, you do make me smile Couldn't agree more. I can't imagine not doing it, gardener for life now. I love being engrossed in what I am doing, a type of meditative state, nothing else matters just sowing those seeds or repotting that plant.


I love how the garden maps out the seasons as they pass and I still get a thrill out of seeds germinating!

Discussions started by hollie hock

Cut down Clematis by mistake

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Sweet Rocket

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Move it now?

Aquilegia 
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Blood Fish and Bone

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Seeds are up!

Always exciting 
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Honeysuckle

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Lupins and woolly aphids

Once struck, always struck? 
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1960s 1970s inspired bouquet

Help any ideas? 
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Jacobs Ladder

Do they die back? 
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What is this going to be?

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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