hollie hock

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Small £1.49 perennials

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 18:32

Lychnis don't do well in pots Verdun. They get squashed, rootbound really quickly, leading to stunted brown leaves that start dying off.  Once planted they do recover slowly, could take another year to come into flower

plant identity

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:48

It reminded me of my echium blue bedder but only larger, same colour and stem shape. Is it prickly?

Overwintering Penstemon plants.

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:45

Some are called frost tender, although thinking about it maybe half hardy would be better description. Mine are descendants of T&M thumbnail size plantlet that has survived. I think there's something in the shape of the leaves, which can give a clue to their robustness. 

Aym, good to hear that your cuttings are doing well. I snuck in a few more of these  about month ago and there's a few still standing. Hubby came back from poundland these pots, they even have little vents on the top that you can open and close  Lot easier than a freezer bag. I left the lids on a little too long, so the soil is a bit damp, but it looks promising. The lid is off all the time now

fox gloves/salvias

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 17:01

They don't die off here either, I only cut off spent flowering spikes, or not so they get to self seed. I've got some lots of really small ones which I don't expect to follow next Spring, more likely the year after. Time will tell

Coldframes in winter

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 16:55

Hi cornelly, what makes you say that? Mine has wooden shelves, more in the style of a mini greenhouse

No flowers on my Cosmos !!

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 16:44

I've got one just about to flower, will look good if it gets that far, from a March sowing

foxglove seedlings

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 12:47

Plant them, more likely to get flowers next year  than if you left them in pot

Overwintering Penstemon plants.

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 12:44

I over winter small plants and cuttings in my cold frame. Some types are more hardy than others. As you have already lost some in the ground, I agree with fidgetbones with potting on, things are still growing and offer some protection.


Posted: 13/10/2016 at 12:38

I have always struggled to over winter small plants. I've found it is hard to get the watering right. If it were me I'd repot into slightly larger pots, so easier to manage and less likely to over or under water. If you have a cold frame then I would put them in that. They won't need a lot of water but they don't like drying out completley either.

Coldframes in winter

Posted: 13/10/2016 at 12:33

Mine have all got some cover so things wont get wet, I only shut the doors if it's very cold . I use those polysterene fruit trays to put the pots and seedtrays on, thinking it might keep it warmer. I've got Autumn sowings and some cuttings in mine at the moment

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