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Sunflower Seeds Coming True?

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 22:31

Would the seeds from my Mongolian Giant Sunflowers come true if I saved them and sowed them next year? Or would they just revert to another variety?

Im really impressed with them, they are currently 3m (10ft) tall and should be flowering very soon. They are the tall ones in the far left corner of this photo...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zpsfeb9a958.jpg

 

Which Hozelock Automatic Watering System?

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 19:58

Well Ive been experimenting with different hoses.First I bought a 15m length of sprinler hose from B&Q. This works ok and sprays the water about 12' from the hose. But when rolling it back up it kinks easily and I can see it snapping eventually.

Then I bought some Hozelock Soaker Hose which works great. I wrap it around the tops of the plant pots and the water soaks/dribbles out, straight into the compost.

Im actually using a combination of all three, sprinkler/soaker hose/ sprinkler hose, all connected to my timer unit. At least now I can go on holiday and not worry.

Heres a video I made..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQs3HovOzh0&feature=youtu.be

Elecampane Inula helenium

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 00:04

Thanks. I'll have to decide which one to get. Perhaps the Telekia would be less dominant looking in my garden. Both nice plants though.

Elecampane Inula helenium

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 22:48

Just had a google of Telekia speciosa. It looks almost identical but a little shorter? 

Elecampane Inula helenium

Posted: 02/08/2013 at 22:37

I decided I'd like to have this plant in my garden when I first saw it at Chatsworth Gardens, Derbyshire, but didnt know its name. I saw it again today at Chester Zoo where I learnt its name - Elecampane Inula helenium. But its other names are Elf Dock, Elfwort, Horse-elder, Horseheal, Scabwort & Wild Sunflower.

Im wondering what this plant is like to grow, and how does it behave? And where I can buy some seeds?

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/file_zps58ff8aea.jpg

 

 

 

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0200/1018/products/inula-helenium11_large.jpg?1048

 

Haws Professional 2 gallon watering can

Posted: 30/07/2013 at 23:13

Thanks, its now on my shopping list

What's the star in your garden right now

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 14:22
Busy-Lizzie wrote (see)

Leadfarmer, another hooray, I bought a Pilu this year and at last I found Dr. Ruppel that I so admired in one of your earlier pics.

Good choice BL. They are both wonderful.

My Piilu was a lucky random find in the garden section of a big DIY store a few years ago. They were selling them at £1 as they appeared dead (it was winter!!!). Naturally I acted dumb and bought a couple. 

Wooden planter for clematis.

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 10:31

I have a clematis in a wooden planter that I made a couple if years ago from floor boards and fence posts. I lined it with a sheet if thick plastic and slashed a few holes in the bottom. to save on weight I added 6" layer of broken up polystyrene packaging to act as drainage, then filled with compost.

With yours being at the front of your house I would weigh it down with heavier drainage material to help stop someone walking off with it. 

Heres mine, which is currently filled with clematis, sunflowers, climbing hydrangea and sweet pea...

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee192/thebear843/Garden/97F2BB08-D3A7-4B61-818F-16845E55330E-284-0000001A56E62A60_zps55113e91.jpg

 

Which Hozelock Automatic Watering System?

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 21:28

Thanks Bill. Im thinking of adding a soaker hose to my sprinkler, with both of them connected to my timer. That way Ive got all bases covered.

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 18:12

tattianna, could you post a photo taken from an upstairs window so we can see the whole garden in one shot?

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