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Talkback: How to grow lupins

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 22:35

I love lupins. I find them extremely hardy where I live and need no special treatment at all. I was lucky I had a couple of them already established when I moved here. Still debating whether to divide the lovely purple one, don't want to kill it, but might just have to be brave when the weather warms up.

I bought a bare root one which did very little in the first year I planted it, but the 2nd (last year) it came up treat.

The seeds that I sowed last year are growing in well in my cold frames, not sure if they will flower this year, but maybe. I must have been lucky no need for spraying and they grow really well in my heavy soil

Compost v topsoil

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 21:18

Have to say that did make me chuckle.

Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 20:43

it's a really difficult one as all I've got to go on is what the plant looks like now and what the description was, he didn't know the name of it and  I haven't seen what the flowers look like. 

I've seen the verbacum bombyciferum before and would match the soft feel of the leaves. It might be a phlomis, but really not sure. Re the link is that the same Bowles that the Bowles Mauve wallflowers are named after?

It might be a sage, grew some commercial packets of clary sage, they had coloured leaves.

If it flowers, will definately post some pictures.

Thanks again.

Unknown plant/shrub

Posted: 11/03/2013 at 19:27

Thanks for all your suggestions. It's a bit of mystery. He did say it's something unusual when it flowers, and would do best at the back of the beds. He also said it wouldn't be suitable for small gardens. He had to move it as it was casting shade on other plants.............that's why I wasn't keen. My garden isn't a small one but it's not that big either.

I've got a place in mind for it go, a patch that that is fairly empty in partial shade so we will see how it does there. I'll post some more pics later if it survives and flowers

Gardeners World new season

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 23:06

I'm going to have to disagree with you Rosa. Raised beds are very easily made out of palletts, which are free and easy to come by and very realistic for the average persons garden/wallet, I should know, I'm one of them.

The point I was trying to make is that whilst Monty might have been doing things "with money no object" it was still inspiring, You can do the same in your own garden for a fraction of the cost. I don't believe that you have to dig 3 foot with a mini digger to lay a path and I also know that you don't have to numerous skip to take the soil away. I've landscaped my own garden last year. Most of the garden is built from free recyled stuff

I'm too young to have watched Geoff Hamiliton on GW, time and people move on



Gardeners World new season

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 21:03

I think Monty was showing a "professional job" with the path, if he didn't that would have been also wrong. It did look good though.

I think the brick path he was showing was a job that you would pay a lot of money for and would last you a life time. If you wanted to do it yourself then I know the cost would be a lot less. A lot bricks yes, but no need in my opinion for that much extra cost.

As for the raised beds,they are easily made out of palletts, free if you want to go and get them.

bindweed, alder, buttercups, ivy

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:52

I have loads of that of creeping buttercup, hate it. I do try and dig it out but also I will have spates of painting weedkiller on it with a paint brush, does the job. Time consuming but it is effective and doesn't affect other plants.

advice for newbie

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 19:27

Hello David, I would agree with others suggestions to widen the beds, maybe introduce a curvier feel rather than straight lines, just to add some contrast to  the eye.

Yes absolutley climbers on the fence would be a great addition.

Looks like you have a blank canvas to play with, have fun. Think about what plants you like and want.

creating a cut flower border

Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:51

I would agree with above, and also snapdragons, rudebekias, cornflowers and calendulas. All easy to grow from seed. It is lovely to have flowers that you have grown in the house.


Posted: 10/03/2013 at 18:21

Hiya anne, I didn't used to label every plant thinking that I would remember what they were............I know now that this doesn't work.  People on here are very good at identifying plants from a picture.

All my penstemons have survived the Winter since I planted them out. I did cut some of them back last weekend, to encourage growth further down the stems. Checked them today and all ok.

Discussions started by hollie hock

Jacobs Ladder

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

Brown hairy caterpillar 
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So pleased

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Sowing perennial plants

Which ones can I do now? 
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What are these?

Self sown flowers 
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Birds foot trefoil

In lawns? 
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Bowles Mauve

Too early for propagation? 
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Any one planted out their runners?

Plants getting big 
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Moonlight runner beans

Any one tried them? 
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Pickled Eggs

Advice needed 
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Couple of Ids please

Both pink one looks a bit like a carnation 
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How long to leave bag over them? 
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Is this a Clematis?

Not sure if it is? 
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Buzzing Shrubs

What are these? 
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