hollie hock

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Well I'll be pickled!

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:37

Thanks for the info on this thread, I've grown beetroot for the first time this year and very tasty it is too

Been thinking about pickling what I have left.

Mystery Plant

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:27

Good luck with your Spring sowing of them Fishy, it's great collecting seeds from the garden

Unknown plant or weed?

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:10

I had some of that "chameleon" plant in a previous garden. It is a thug and smells disgusting when you dig it up!


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:06

I dead head my snap dragons as each flower is spent and then when the whole stalk is done, I cut that back as well and they do flower again. A few years ago we had a really warm Spring and I had loads of them germinate. Some of the original plants are still going strong.

I don't how but they survived despite being under snow!


Posted: 05/08/2014 at 15:00

I'd go for deadheading them. I try this with most things I grow, think I like to get maximum flowers from the plant each year

Mystery Plant

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 14:57

Hello nut They are really pretty Liriodendron aren't they? I really liked the ones I had and they were easy to grow from seed. I used to pull the little stalky bits out to encourage more growth

Penstemon 'Phoenix Red'

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 14:00

Not ever tried myself, but might have a go this year.

Don't know if you subscribe to GW mag but on page 71 tells you how.  You take a non flowering stem, remove a lot of the leaves, so there's just a shoot. Insert the cuttings into the compost, next to the sides of the pot. Water and keep cuttings in humid conditions eg inside a plastic bag.

Not sure if you could try rooting powder on them.


Penstemon 'Phoenix Red'

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 13:51

Not ever grown these from seed, but splitting the plant seems to be good advice. I think you can take cuttings from them as well, if you didn't want to wait until the Spring for new plant making

Mystery Plant

Posted: 05/08/2014 at 13:49

That looks a bit  like  the annual clary sage that I used to grow in my last garden.

Can't help on the seed bit though, is that the seed pod? It looks dry. Can't remember what what the seeds looked like if it is a clary sage, but have a feeling that they were small

Aloe vera plants

Posted: 09/06/2014 at 23:04

I think aloe plants are succulents. I always follow Dr Hessayon advice on repotting these. They don't like water when they aren't growing, all their water is in their leaves so they are very prone to rotting off.

He says that when you are repotting, don't repot a succulent straight away, allow it to dry out a bit, the bigger the plant the longer you leave it.

If it looks healthy I'd keep an eye on it, if it looks like it's going to die, I'd lift it for a while and the replant it



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