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Latest posts by Lokelani

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. 

Mites in seeds

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 19:32

Too tiny to be flea beetle I'd say, not red at all, I'll look up pollen mites. I often see them in seed heads when I'm collecting them. I often wish my eyes were less sharp! I'll look up pollen mites. 

I wonder if all seed is okay frozen, mind you I'm not sure I could put creepy crawlies in my freezer, however well sealed the tub they were in! 

I think it's going to be more about how to clean seed I collect from the garden to avoid getting them in the future. 

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 18:43

It is difficult, our garden is 200ft or more long, but only about 40ft wide, so our neighbours decisions can really affect us.

From under the fence on one side we keep inheriting bindweed, ground elder, brambles & bindweed from the other! Also ivy galore, invasive bamboo runners & lilac runners. They let tree saplings grow right next to the fence that lean on it & have cast the area where the greenhouse was (I gave up on that one) into total shade. The trees shot up & now take all the moisture out of the borders that side.

When I spoke to them very nicely about the bamboo & trees they clearly didn't care, just said feel free to cut what you like that leans over your side (like I need any more heavy gardening jobs!).  From the front of their borders their garden looks tidy & that's all the care, they don't even tend it themselves. We don't feel we can ask again as they clearly just don't care, same as the loud music spoiling our peaceful garden all the time. It shocks me how inconsiderate people can actually be, even living in a fairly rural area.

So although we do own our gardens & can do what we like with them, I really think a little consideration of how our decisions affect others doesn't go amiss, particularly near the boundaries. 

As for deeds showing who owns the boundaries, ours don't. Older properties don't always show it & both neighbours would say they do when it suits them & not when it doesn't! 

Mites in seeds

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 17:36

No ideas anyone?

Sharp sand drainage properties

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 17:35

I needed to buy more for cuttings anyway & was faced with the choice of sharp sand, grit sand or silver sand.

I would have thought the grit sand would have had the largest particles, but the sharp sand actually looked like it had some grit pieces in too & said on the outside perfect for cuttings, so I bought that to try that this time. 

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