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Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 15:59

Please!

am stuck on how to proceed and would love to get it all right, so my gardenia is finally happy 

thanks 

Basil

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 13:23

I don't bother with the other ingredients. Much simpler this way. Also means that when you do add the garlic, pine nuts, cheese etc just before you make the pesto, it'll taste very fresh!

Basil

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:59

Hello 

I make lots of oesto, being Italian and all that, and I normally pick the leaves off the plants, leave them on a dry tea towel to dry off, then I chop them up, mix them in a bowl with olive oil and pour the lot into ice cube trays and freeze. These can be individually defrosted to add to soups and sauces over the winter.

 Alternatively, you could prepare the leaves in the same way, but then freeze a larger portion, enough for one lot of pesto.

As long as the chopped leaves are really sitting in oil, they don't rot or go black. 

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:55

Anyone? 

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 12:32

Bump

Begonia problem

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:50

Could it be powdery mildew?

 

Gardenia to be moved

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:48

My poor gardenia has been attacked by vine weevil, red spider mite, aphids and snails.

It only produced one flower all year!

But I love it dearly and the scent when flowers actually grow, is heavenly.

 I've decided to take it out of its pot, checking all is good with roots, changing the soil etc, then putting it indoors, in a bright spot with no direct sunlight, cool and away from radiators, in the hope it may be happier (I don't think it likes my damp, cold garden in the winter).

Is there any particular compost it would like most, any particular pot (it's currently in a terracotta one), any particular aspect etc, that I don't know about?

We may  get a small garden room built next year, mainly in glass and was wondering if it's a plant that likes a cool conservatory-type space or not.

I'm not giving up on it!

Many thanks.

Does anyone know what this is?

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:42

Looks very similar to a wild violet I have in my garden, but could be wrong.

North facing Porch

Posted: 19/09/2014 at 11:41

How big a plant are you looking for? 

Peace lillies can look lovely in a large pot, and mine is in a very cool part of the house. 

Regular misting though.

Maybe someone knows, but would a sarcococca work in a pot? They certainly don't mind cold, dry spots outdoors in my garden, totally in the shade. Lovely flowers in winter and berries to follow, but have never grown them on an I heated porch.

Thalictrum needs a boost

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 21:08

Aaaaaaah! Thanks pootler  Cant remember it being so manky last year though...

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