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Late flowering Delphinium

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:20

Me too

Fork Handles

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 20:12

Evening everyone- still no way that I can catch up with everything that's been going on. Flo- I haven't read the book but I think I started to read it in the works sometime ago, think it would be a really good read.  Geoff- glad you are recovering and feeling better. Kate- I've used  round tree stumps as stepping stones on my beds, works really well.

Still having problems with my psycho/mixed up house cat- went loopy again today. No full blown attack but it was brewing., really scary. At one point, I couldn't even enter the house, she became so terratiorial. Had to make the difficult decision to let her or I should say get her out of the house! She's now on her own, there's food and her blanket in the shed. At least she has recovered from her op, it's her first night outside so despite everything I hope she is ok.

I have always thought that I was born in the wrong generation- I would have loved to have been growing up in the 60s. Love a lot of the music and the films- Crosby,Stills & Nash are one of my favourite bands as well as many others

Anyone been watching Lilyhammer on BBC 4? Mafia boss under a new identity rellocated to Norway- Funny, dry and quirky

Late flowering Delphinium

Posted: 30/09/2012 at 19:18

Moonsilk- you are not alone- I use slug pellets very occasionally especially when slug tasty favourite plants are  just shooting. I did this earlier this year- It just allows the plant to develop

Major inspiration needed!

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 22:06

Hello, as it's rented property I wouldn't spend too much time or money on the garden.

Spring bulbs will give you a great show- I would go for some crocus, snow drops & some grape hyacinths as well as daffs. For long lasting colour throughout the year, consider some calendulars. As hardy annual- really easy to sow through out the year,tough and will brighten up the darkest corner.




When do you plant seeds taken from this years plants....

Posted: 29/09/2012 at 21:28

Hello. what I am learning is try to mimic the plant itself. So.....if a plant goes to seed, wait until those seeds ripen and then sow them. I think that way I'm just behaving how nature does.

Having said that some seeds you can keep and others it's best to sow straight away. It really does depend on the plant. I'm in my first year proper of collecting seeds.I collected & sowed some ragged robin seeds, I've just started putting the plants grown form this seed out today.

LIke kate says hardy annuals you can sow seeds now- I'll probably sow some calendula soon.

Ideas for some instant Autumn colour please

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 21:54

I've sowed so many of them,but I think I did start some of the cloth of gold this Feb in an incubator (wilkos £3) on my kitchen window sill and then moved them out into my cold frame. Once they had grown a few sets of true leaves I pricked out the growing tips to get them more bushy and then planted them out. They are now really big bushy lush plants, many of them are flowering now. That's why I say no hard and fast rules apply about these plants. I took some seeds off wallflowers that you would call wild/self sown, all I had to do was show them some soil and they were off- most off these if not all have flowered already. I love wallflowers if you haven't guessed so do the bees.

Sowed some viola seed a few months ago, potted them on into small pots and I've got a few pretty flowers already, will pot them onto larger pots, glad to hear that they flower for ages.


Posted: 28/09/2012 at 21:05

Hi Robert, that's not a good sign, I agree it's always best to pot seedlings/plants on to slightly bigger pots rather than one that is too large. I always use some polysterene at the bottom of the pots for drainage. The plants that you have are very tiny, if you have planted them in to big a pot, I would re plant them in smaller pots,cut off the leaves that are going black, ease off on the watering and fingers crossed.

plant supports

Posted: 28/09/2012 at 20:42

I've am in the same situation break- thanks for the link Geoff- I've bookmarked it



Posted: 27/09/2012 at 21:51

Hello,  I got my my tiny  penstemons in may, grew them on and further to my last posts I've since planted them on in the garden. For Robert- my thinking is that should be alright to over winter in the greenhouse. I don't think that they will grow much over the winter as there is going to be  lesser light. I haven't had much experience of over wintering perinnial plants, my thinking is that they do better in the ground, But I know the plug plants you have are tiny.. For what is worth from what I've learn't on here they are not slug magnets so maybe grow them on and take a chance on planting them out by the end of Oct?


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