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Thalictrum seeds

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 20:18

Thank you Lyn - I will do as you suggest and wait a while until they get bigger. It is just as you say - I was thinking of that advice of waiting until 2 real leaves appear but I can see that I will just kill them if I move them now.

Thalictrum seeds

Posted: 01/10/2017 at 17:47

I have got a tray of thalictrum seeds that are just coming up. Some have 2 tiny real leaves above the seed leaves but are still very tiny. When should I remove them from the seed tray and put them in pots? I fear that they are so small I will damage them at the moment.

Deadheading rhododendrons

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 19:08

Thank you Hostafan and Borderline - good news. It took me ages to do just one bush and I couldn't face 9 more.

Deadheading rhododendrons

Posted: 15/07/2017 at 18:43

When I moved into a new property, my neighbour said I must remember to break off the old flower heads of the 10 different rhododendrons in the garden. Do I really need to do this? Little shoots are already growing at the side of the old flowers. Surely in the wild there is no one to do this so why is it necessary?

Last edited: 15 July 2017 18:45:11

Sweet peas not flowering

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 16:14

Thanks for your advice, Dave and Puncdoc. Have just been in the greenhouse sowing some bicoloured ones for next year  - Blue Ripple, Erewhon and Maloy. Forgot to check if they are scented but it is too late now.


Next year I won't give them any tomato food until they show me they are making an effort to flower on their own. They'd better shape up next time!

Sweet peas not flowering

Posted: 06/11/2016 at 14:14

I grew sweet peas  for the first time in March - pinched them out, fed them with tomato food in the ground, put them in a sunny site, watered them. They grew like mad and made lots of leafy growth and tendrils everywhere but I had very few flowers. I cut off the flowers that did come carefully to stop seedpods developing but still very few flowers developed. Where did I go wrong? Variety was Matecuna. Thank you for any help.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 22/07/2016 at 10:20

Thank you very much for your detailed information, Pansyface. I now understand what happened. My husband has just reminded me that we had a new greenhouse put in  last year (April)  and that the man who did it hacked a part of the pear tree off to make some room. The tree grew the shoots in August - this hacking obviously caused the problem.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:47

Yes, the year before I got a tree man to come and prune it. Could you tell me why you asked?  Only the long shoots are dead - not the rest of the tree. Thank you for any help.

Pear Pruning help

Posted: 21/07/2016 at 22:21

Last year my pear tree grew a lot of long green vertical shoots.


This year these shoots (about 100) have turned brown and are


dead. What are they and why did they grow only to die?


Should I have pruned them off last summer?

Alstroemeria in pots

Posted: 08/11/2015 at 18:53

Thanks Verdun. Is that John Innes 3 ? Shall I put grit in too?

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Deadheading rhododendrons

Must I deadhead? 
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Pear Pruning help

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Which is the best tasting rhubarb? 
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Calla lilies - zantedeschia - any tips?

How to grow calla lilies? 
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Sarracenia Pitcher Plants

Should I cut off the flower head? 
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dahlia - in the shade?

Will a dahlia flower in a shady spot? 
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