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Posted: 10/10/2012 at 16:29

I'm still trying to prune my erisimum bowles mauve, but it won't stop flowering!  

I can't deadhead a single stem as they all have flowers at the tips, even though they're really long & floppy.

They have been absolutely amazing this year. I took cuttings rather late, about a month ago, I just hope they'll work, as well as the main plants surviving. I guess it all depends how cold the winter is....

Young perennials/seedtrays in or out of greenhouse?

Posted: 10/10/2012 at 16:25

I"ve collected & sown various perennial seeds in trays.

I also have delphiniums & similar grown from seed this year still in pots on the outside table. I just couldn't face putting them in the borders so small to fend off all the hundreds of slugs & snails!  

I'm thinking of putting them in the unheated greenhouse now to over winter. They're getting so sodden all the time they don't look very healthy.  This will also give slug/snail protection. 

Good idea or bad?

What a great series!

Posted: 28/08/2012 at 16:51

Oh yes it would be amazing to see old ones in the winter. I remember the end of the Alan Titchmarsh ones & loved them. 

Geoff Hamilton would be great too as he was before my gardening times. 


What a great series!

Posted: 18/08/2012 at 19:51

I'm really enjoying it too. I wish it was an hour, or on twice a week.

NIgel is much leaner & lither than all the golden retrievers I know, I wonder if he is one, or something else? He's lovely. 

Zantedeschia without flowers

Posted: 17/08/2012 at 09:53

I've always left mine in, the large white ones & they flowered well for years, just disappearing below the ground in winter & back up reliably every year. 

They have stopped flowering come to think of it though, just big green leaves. Maybe they need dividing?

One is in the bog garden, one in a sunny bed. I am about 8 miles in from the south coast, so relatively mild. 

How to grow Agapanthus with zero effort-do nothing !

Posted: 09/08/2012 at 17:00

Wow so beautiful, I love them & would buy loads if I could only be sure which are really, truly hardy, rather than wasting my money on more that aren't! I bought an enormous pot of them from Trebah gardens one year but lost them the second winter.

Carol Klein on GW said a while ago that one type were totally hardy & one type not. When I'm faced with gorgeous pots of them in the garden centre that give very little information I never know if they are or not.

I got a lovely surpise this year when a tiny one appeared in a pot that I planted with it & lily bulbs years ago. It's never reappeared & then suddenly well over 5 years later it pops up & has one flower on! I shall ignore it & hope it thrives! 

perennial plug plants

Posted: 07/08/2012 at 09:02

I think they are fully hardy perennials, once they're not tiny baby plants. I'm hoping so anyway, although I don't know exactly what - temperature they are okay up to.

I'm in the south so was probably going to just put them next to the sheltered wall of the house overwinter, like I do my osteospermums, rather than in the greenhouse, so I don't have to worry about watering them. I'd expect them to just disappear below ground as if they were in the ground.

If there is doubt as to their hardiness I could put them in the greenhouse of course. It's unheated in the winter but would offer some protection.

perennial plug plants

Posted: 06/08/2012 at 18:10

I grew some delphiniums, I think they were the same variety from seed & I've still got them in pots maybe 5" square.. I want them to get large enough to stand a chance against slugs/snails.

So I'll be potting them on once more & keeping them until they're big enough next year to go in, I'm guessing late spring.


Posted: 29/07/2012 at 17:31

Thanks Maud. Bikes can be converted, but it is very costly, hence why I want to make sure it will make the difference to getting me up the hills before I consider it!

It sounds like it does make quite a difference then.


Have you seen one?????

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 11:35

I think I've seen one, you're right, far fewer than normal. 

Lots of bees though. 

Also I saw lots of hoverflies around the flowers in my troughs a few days ago. 

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