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Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:28

Obelixx I have a Paniculata Grandiflora bought this year. Is it pruned back in springtime?

Sweet Pea seedlings

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:26

I grow autumn sown sweetpea every year and have done for years. I leave them outside all winter long, let most of them germinate outside and never see the inside of a growhouse or coldframe. Mine grow below the windowledge or on the windowledge where the rain that we have so much of, does'nt tend to flood them.

They can easily withstand frosts although not prolonged frosts. I've only ever lost them once and that was the year the frost lasted for 3 weeks or so at one time. I lost them then because I was away from home and they could'nt thaw out enough to water.

In my humble opinion sweetpea sown in autumn make much stronger and healthier plants than those sown in late winter or early spring, although I do sow then as well to prolong the season and just because I can.


Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:18

I've been growing the dwarf buddlea Buzz for the past few 4 years of so. I cut it back by about a third at this time of year to stop it rocking in any winter winds and right down in springtime. Mine has thrived for me. I've got it growing in a large pot and this way I've managed to keep it at a manageable size.

Bird food

Posted: 18/10/2013 at 15:02

Dovefromabove, I've tried putting a tray underneath but it still turns into a disgusting mess.

No real answer I think, still whatever the mess it's worth it to see the Goldfinch every day.

Bird food

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 20:33

I use sunflower hearts and they're still messy, the Goldfinch and Tits who eat it seem to drop as much as they eat and it's very expensive to buy. It's worth it 'tho to see them so many times during the day.

My problem is that the seeds they drop seem to go mouldy quite quickly on the ground. I've tried putting down something so I can just lift the lot and bin them but because of the position it's too difficult. Any suggestions?

Overwintering lilies

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 19:56

I also try to leave mine in a sheltered spot outside, still in their pots over the winter every year and have done since I started growing them many years ago.

Most of them make it through to the following year unless we get an awful lot of rain. I would advise raising the pots off the ground if you're not leaving them on soil to help them drain.





Begonias begonias

Posted: 09/10/2013 at 18:42

Thanks for the link Mattbeer87



Posted: 05/09/2013 at 09:27

I have a regular flock of Starlings visiting my garden and like you, this year I've also had lots of young ones with their buff coloured bibs and heads. It's great to see them developing into their usual colours 'tho. YOu are'nt wrong when you say they love suet pellets, that's about all they eat here, they ignore the sunflower seeds and other mixed seeds I put out.

Anemone wild swan

Posted: 05/09/2013 at 09:08

I got 3 from Hayloft plants in the summertime. 1 died but the other 2 are doing well. I first planted them in mp compost with perlite added, just less than half and half as I was running out.

I potted them on yesterday and they're healthy plants with good roots. I'll overwinter them in my growhouse and plant them out in sprintime as our winters would be too wet for them.

Good luck finding some. Verdun that arrangement is great.


Posted: 12/08/2013 at 09:46

It happens to me every year, I pack a lot into my borders. I cut them right back as well and the new growth is healthier.

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