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David Austin Roses, are they worth it?

Posted: 22/01/2016 at 16:48

Very interesting Marlorena, I've bought from both Austin and Beales and only once from Germany but that was through a friend. I'd not thought of looking elsewhere for Roses and will check out the Dutch supplier you've named. Thanks.

Planning for the coming year

Posted: 14/01/2016 at 21:09

Nutcutlet when I was in the GC the plantsan was said that Honeysuckly is great for growing up Chimonanthus (sp) That's what I'm going to try this year.


Which bulbs are showing already?

Posted: 13/10/2015 at 16:46

I've got Narcissus coming up.

Who still has bees?

Posted: 09/10/2015 at 10:21

I still have loads of bees in the garden. The weather has been lovely these past few days and it's a real pleasure to hear the buzzing.

When will Honesty flower

Posted: 06/10/2015 at 18:09

I think you could be lucky Talitha 1031. Last year around this time mine were tiny but I planted them out anyhow and I had a lovely show this year.

Hardy Annuals

Posted: 21/09/2015 at 18:24

I often sow Cornflower, Calendula and sometimes Poppies at this time of year. Cornflower and Calendula will germinate inside or somewhere a few degrees warmer than it is outside at the moment and then they go outside where they stay for most if not all of the winter. I don't prick them out into individual pots but sow all in a windowbox type plastic container and add a little more compost to them once they've about 3 or 4 sets of leaves on them. If the winter is really bad like it was a few years ago then I'd put them in my plastic bubble wrapped (in winter sometimes) growhouse. Once the daffs are starting to bloom I transplant them out where I want them to flower. I live in N.I. Good luck

sowing seeds beginner

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 06:54

I usually sow some Calendula and Cornflower about now, as has already been said, Hesperis and Honesty can be sown now too. Sweetpea I sow in October. Hardy annuals can usually be sown now, you could sprinkle some Poppies over some bare ground and they'll come up earlier than spring sown ones next year.

sowing seeds beginner

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 06:50

Danae Morning Glory are best sown the year they are to flower. I'd say save them until next spring and sow them then.



Posted: 08/08/2015 at 07:06

Those Sunflowers are looking really good. I would'nt worry about a few raggy leaves, mine are shocking but it's down to the weather (and maybe a few creatures)
If I see new flowers forming then yes, for some of them I'll cut off the main head to encourage them but I do usually leave a big head on to make seeds.

Begonia Glowing Embers Propagation and Care

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:17

From what I've read, it is an annual and does not make a corm like other Begonia. That said, I've overwintered the bedding Begonia in the past because they were a gift and they came through and flowered well the following year. I'll be trying the same thing with mine, bring inside when the frost arrives or when it gets really cold and the plant does'nt produce more flowers.I cut them back so to reduce stress on the plant but leave about 10cm or so of stems. Watered  sparsely over the winter and keep frost free with as much light as possible. 

If anyone knows a better way then so much the better.

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Salvia or Nepetia?

Help identify this one please 
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