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Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 14:34

How do you unquote?

Anyone name this bee magnet please?

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 14:32
higgy50 wrote (see)

I don't see it as a dull shrub when it is so vital to early emerging pollinators at this time of the year, I call it a lifeline and the absolute reason to grow it. The perfume is certainly an added bonus though

But there's so many other things that will do the same job so don't let that be the deciding factor. Get it if you want it but don't exclude other choices. A very nice choice though. I have fill my garden with Galanthus nivalis and I even enjoy lesser celandine. I know most people would shun it but it's welcome in my garden. Lots of things that do the same job.

Help with plant identification

Posted: 18/02/2014 at 12:45

Yes it's Viburnum tinus


chilli peppers

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 18:06

I didn't get a single chilli set when I had just one plant. I'd managed to keep one plant going over the winter a couple of years ago but despite having loads of flowers every single one fell off despite me going around with a paint brush. It wasn't until I bought the Apache that I then started to get fruit setting.  When I say one plant I mean one individual, I'd taken cuttings so actually had that one individual in four pots, in other words four clones. I realise they have both male and female parts in each flower but so do many self sterile plants.  Maybe there was some other reason for the plants not forming fruit. Why do you sometimes get fruit forming but not growing. You get tiny stumpy ones with no seed. See, I thought that was when it had self pollinated. It happens in tomatoes too. I go around every day shaking the tomato plants but towards the end of the season I don't bother and you get tiny sterile ones forming. I quite like them because they're incredibly sweet. 

chilli peppers

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 14:22
Stacey Docherty wrote (see)

I always grow mine outside him so don't have to hand pollinate but when I bring some in over winter I use the flick method!!!!  Chillis like to be treated rough as well... Always let them wilt a little before watering and don't feed until they flower ( chilli focus is the best)

~When you say the 'flick method' what do you mean?

Rhubarb & Onion

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 14:17

Yeah, I didn't appreciate how much room my rhubard would take and have had to move one plant this weekend. You could tell it wasn't happy last year since it wanted flower all the time. Hopefully now it should setle in. I hope I took enough soil with it. It weighed a ton, not helped by the rain we'd had. I did see I'd cut through a few big roots though. Fingers crossed.

Blood Fish and Bone

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 11:49

Yes, I tickled it in around my fruit bushes at the weekend,  and my Jack Russels have found it very interested sniffing around everything I scattered it around. They haven't dug anything up though and I've not seen any cats.

chilli peppers

Posted: 17/02/2014 at 09:05

I'm in the north east too but had good fruit every year except when I tried to grow with just one plant. I had to buy an Apache to act as pollinator and hand pollinate. I always hand pollinate as I grow in the porch. Maybe that's your problem.

how to grow amelenchier ballerina as multi stemmed

Posted: 16/02/2014 at 19:41

Before you cut it back make sure it isn't grafted. If it is grafted then you'll need to cut it back well above the graft and watch for any regrowth from bellow the graft. You could plant it deep burying the graft if it is. It isn't on a rootstock for any other reason other than propagation. 

Ornamental Grasses

Posted: 15/02/2014 at 14:58

And some people think anything with thin, strappy  leaves is a grass, such as Phormiums, but you can't control what people think.

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