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Hardy annuals

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 20:05

I planted my cornflowers out a few weeks ago hollie, and they've survived some dreadful weather, even frost. They were a bit static, but have started to put on considerable growth over the last week. 

I planted out loads of other stuff last weekend, and I'm hoping for the best, even though that horrid weather front you'll be getting in the UK is heading down to us this week! 

Bearded Iris bent stems

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 15:52

Thanks Bookertoo. Some do look worse than others. I'll just keep my fingers crossed. It happened last year to a lesser degree, and you're right, the flowers were still good. I just couldn't remember if it was cold related or not.

Bearded Iris bent stems

Posted: 22/04/2013 at 12:25

I have lots of bearded irises which after last week's warm weather here have shot up flower stalks. They were all upright before Saturday night when we had some frost. On Sunday most of them were bent over and twisted, some with open flowers touching the ground. Does it have anything to do with the cold? And will they recover? Thanks

Plants for edging a path

Posted: 16/04/2013 at 08:50

Alyssum, aubrieta and cerastium are all low growing, quick spreading plants which I have edging paths in my garden. Here's a photo of the alyssum at the moment:

And the cerastium last May:



Coffee Grounds

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 13:04
adam murray wrote (see)

I've put some down, as a deterrent for cats that like to use my facilities, have heard conflicting things tho, they're more used for slug repellant?, can anyone shed any light please, thanks


Hi Adam, I sprinkled some on a newly prepared bed and miraculously didn't have any of the usual feline 'presents' left. As a slug deterrent however I had zero results with coffee grounds whilst my beer traps seem to be working brilliantly - every day there are a load more new victims. 

Hellebore Addiction

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 21:59

Thanks for those replies. I sowed the seed as soon as I got it, but I have no idea how fresh it was. I'll follow your advice and hope for the best! 

Hellebore Addiction

Posted: 08/04/2013 at 20:17

Hi guys, does anyone have any tips on getting hellebore seed to germinate? I've got helleborus foetidus in my garden which has self seeded but I recently bought some seed of a purple hellebore (that's all I know) and I've read that some can be difficult to germinate. Is there anything special I should be doing?


Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 11:00

Thanks for that David, I was thinking the same thing about the soil, but one of the other wigwams which is doing well is only about 2 feet away from it. 

Sweet Pea Queries

Posted: 28/06/2012 at 08:53

Hi David,

I've just read your answer to the post on the other thread - I'm not sure if I have the same problem. I've got 3 sweet pea wigwams in different parts of the garden, but on one of them in particular, some of the plants are turning yellow and crispy, whilst the rest on the same wigwam are flourishing. I did spot what looked like an insect (like a tiny round ball) on one of the sickly ones, but not on the others. I'm in northern Spain, so we haven't had the recent wet weather you've been having in the UK. I've given them a good watering twice a week, and they get plenty of sun. 

Any ideas?


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Bearded Iris bent stems

Why have my bearded iris stems become bent and twisted? 
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