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Next to A259 how many plants can you name?

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 22:10

That's beautiful, I'll start you off - the pinkish red flowers at the bottom of your second photo are Red Flax (Linum grandiflorum var rubrum (says Google))..

Has this been deliberately planted or is it just nature being wonderful?

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 19:35

Yes from late feburary, I start mine off on a sunny windowsil in seed trays in gritty compost. Prick them out when they have their first true leaves (you'll know what Cosmos leaves should look like) pot on to 5cm pots and off they go outside to the propagator, then pot them on again to 10cm pots until they're big enough to grow in the ground around April.

You can sow Cosmos directly in to the ground as well, although I'm not much of a fan of that as the seedlings are tasty to slugs, snails and mice. If you want to do this though it should work, just sow more seeds than you think is necessary.

I grow pure white ones, seashells and the maroon ones you've mentioned this way.

Pruning Braeburn apple

Posted: 22/08/2012 at 15:22

I'm another one with no apples this year, damned weather. As for pruning if you want to keep it the same size just prune back any new growth from this year, I'd give it a few weeks yet though.


Posted: 21/08/2012 at 22:19

I lost one Monarda last year to mildew (but I'm fairly sure it had it when I put it in, just not noticably) this year another one went in the bin, but I put that down to the exceptionally wet weather we've had.

One type has romped away (Jacob Cline on Dove's link) and seemed to love the wet weather.

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:32

If it's an annual cosmos I can't see why not, I also do the same with sunflowers, poppies, red flax, annual chrysanthemum and Verbena Bonariensis (and probably some others I've forgotten)

Keeping cosmos

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:23

Check your plant for it's prettiest flower and tie a small bit of string around the stem (if you want more than one flower to set seed you can do this to as many as you like) deadhead the plant as normal so it keeps flowering. When the plants begin to die off in autumn your selected flower heads will have turned in to seed heads, pick them off and store in paper bags over winter and you'll have your seeds for sowing in spring, you can then dig up the plant and compost it (or get rid however you usually do).

I do this every year but I also buy new seeds to mix in (59p from Morrisons this year), I just love Cosmos far too much!

Splitting Strawberries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:15

It's not something I've had to deal with myself Becks, but I would have done exactly the same as you, move the plant out in to the garden and just keep an eye on it over the next few days. The strawberries will also benefit from a bit more light and hopefully it'll speed up ripening. Keep us updated.


really need help

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 19:08

Hi Andy, my approach would be to break the garden up in to different areas in your head or on a piece of paper in to small manageable areas, taking the 'bit here, bit there' approach can often make people feel defeated quickly. When you have divided your garden up just deal with the one patch at a time, setting goals of what you want to do there based on what you can physically get done in one day. Take photos, lots of them, and when you feel fed up and that you're not getting anything done (as we all do sometimes) look through them and surprise yourself with how much you've done.

This time of year and well in to Autumn is best for digging over the soil and preparing your beds for either veggies or where you want plants in spring, get the little ones involved and think of what jobs they can be getting on with whilst you're doing the physical things that they can't.

The best advice I can give is to stop thinking of the garden as a whole thing, gardening is one little victory at a time and can't be rushed anyway. As soon as I realised this I started enjoying gardening and being outside even more.

I hope that helps, best of luck and hopefully you'll keep us updated with some of those photos.

Splitting Strawberries

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 18:29

Looks like mealybugs to me, a general problem with plants in greenhouses or houseplants. What are the leaves like?

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/08/2012 at 18:21

Welcome to the forum sunnydays.

Almost perfect digging day today cool breeze and clouds, ground was rock hard though.

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