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Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:29

I lift and store some but leave others in the ground. The ones I store, I dry out well and wrap in newspaper. I check them regularly during the winter months.

This year I started off my stored ones and some new tubers I bought, early spring under cover. All are outside now mostly in pots and some have buds despite being pinched out. The ones I left in the ground in the allotment has just started to peek up so they've survived the winter. I don't mind them being later as they'll be nice and bright when autumn comes and I'm digging up my harvest.

Help please

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 09:21

What about the perennial wallflower Bowles Mauve. I've grew it for years and have recently added it back into my garden. It will bloom even in winter if we don't get another awful one and the purple flowers stand out really well against the silver green blue leaves.

Watering

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 08:06

I water when I can, if I have the choice I'll do it in the morning for the above reasons. One thing to be mindful of is that if you're feeding plants a liquid feed be really careful not to get it on the leaves. I have several stained leaves because I did'nt follow my own advice. I will from now on.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 08:03

It will be interesting to see how big a difference your ladybirds make Sara 4 do keep us informed. Thanks.

Greenfly by the million

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:18

This has been the worst year in my garden for greenfly as well. I go around daily squishing and have found them on plants that never had them before. Last year I decided to try not to use sprays at all but this year I've had to resort to bug gun. I did spray in the evening and nowhere near open flowers. I've seen only 2 ladybirds this whole spring and my garden is visited by blue tits but they concentrate mostly on the clematis.

Sweet peas or clematis in pots

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:12

They won't stay looking good for long Louise, I'd move them as soon as you can. Just be as gentle as you can, you may not be able to separate the roots too much at this stage but they will do better out of those small pots. You could put them into a big container if you have one, I grow some in a large pot up a wigwam every year and they do well. I feed them a couple of times a week and add bfb or growmore to the mp compost I grow them in.

The best ones for me grow in the ground so if you have that option I'd got of it, perhaps do 1 load of plants in the ground and the other in a big container. Good luck, they're wonderful plants producing smashing highly scented blooms depending on the type, I've been growing them for many years.

Gardening Scotland on Beechgrove

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:07

I enjoyed the coverage from Beechgrove too, shame the programme was'nt longer.

Anemone Wild Swan

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:05

I'm waiting on my Hayloft plants to arrive as well. I recently got the Salvia collection from them and they were all good sized plants. They're potted on now into 9inch pots. I hope my White Swan are as strong and healthy when they arrive.

oriental lily

Posted: 04/06/2013 at 07:00

The new shoots made by the little bulbets will take a few years to form into big enough bulbs to produce flowers. I've done this over the years and eventually get flowers. I agree with Bob, it's best to pot them on and don't forget to feed them. Good luck.

Growing kale as cut and come again leaves

Posted: 01/06/2013 at 07:55

I grew Kale a few years ago at the allotment. I grew them quite close together and cut the young tasty leaves for eating, they were great. I'd say go for it.

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