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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.

Screen/Hedge - Need Advice

Posted: 07/08/2015 at 18:08

All I can say Katie 7 is that Clematis are very hungry plants and it often takes them a  couple of years to put down their roots, they like to be planted quite deeply, a couple of cm deeper than they were in the pots they came in. Some too grow much stronger and bloom much better than others. Do you know the names of the 2 you have?

Screen/Hedge - Need Advice

Posted: 06/08/2015 at 13:49

You might also think of a Clematis Katie 7. There are so many to choose from and although they're not evergreen, you could grow them with your Honeysuckle and Dog Rose. Good luck.

plastic greenhouse-where to put it!

Posted: 05/08/2015 at 15:18

It should be fine in that aspect Potty Lotty. They get very hot inside anyhow and seeds would cook in a gh if there is no shade/air. As sanjy67 says it will be best if you secure it to a fence or wall as high winds will blow it over. I anchor mine with both bricks and some compost in a bag along the inside bottom rungs to stop it blowing over. I've had accidents in the past.

Good luck.

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