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Astrantias not flowering

Posted: 29/07/2012 at 09:16

My astrantia have done better this year and I have not treated them any differently.   I think they have benefited from the wet weather as we have sandy soil that drains very quickly. I just keep adding as much homemade compost as possible and mulch. I have just looked on the Internet and several sites advise you to deadhead after flowering to encourage a second flush. I am going to try it. Nothing to loose.

Garden Gallery

Posted: 27/07/2012 at 11:55
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 Hi everyone. I took a few pics this morning. I enjoy looking at other peoples photos so thought I might share a few with you.

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 Through the gate.

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 Mixed pot in gravel garden

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 It's a lovely morning, let's hope it lasts.

reducing the pictures to fit has altered the quality, they look better if you click to enlarge

Fork Handles

Posted: 26/07/2012 at 12:43

We have 1 tomato just turning red in the greenhouse, plenty of green ones, so hopefully should have a good crop. Runner beans are setting well, with a few about 1" long. Just about finished the broad beans, one more boiling and that's it. not many to start with this year.

getting on with the neighbours

Posted: 25/07/2012 at 22:39

Blimey!! what a miserable, awkward lot of neighbours some of you have to live near. I feel sorry for you, it must be awful. We only have immediate neighbours on one side who are excessively tidy, can't bear anything green to appear in their garden that grows above a foot high, and don't use there garden for pleasure.. To the side of us and immediately behind we have land that was once a lovely old orchard full of wild life.. When the owner died it was clear and left to do it's own thing. Consequently we now have thistle seeds by the thousands that drift onto our garden, we are always having to pull them up. On the brighter side we have a lot of birds that feed on the seeds and at least we are not overlooked or bothered by other people. The man who now owns the land will clear the brambles etc away from our fences if we ask him to do so. The question of boundaries is a tricky one, no one seems to know which belongs to them and only find out when things go wrong.

Agastachegardeners sangria

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 22:28

Hi Chris.

I also grow cosmos to infill along with nicotiana lime green, I love it, astrantia,it does well in my shady part of the garden,thalictrum, and all sort of different perennials, along with old fashioned roses. I am always on the look out for something a bit different. I have also grown achilleas this year and they have done very well, in fact I have ordered some more along with the agastache. Looking forward to them arriving!! 

Thanks for your suggestions, I envy you your mild winters, we never know what to expect as we get cold east winds from the continent and that can play havoc with the garden..

Christine

GRAPES

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 09:04

We bought 2 vines to cover a pergola mainly to give us some shade when sitting out.That was about 10 years ago. Most years we get a good crop of grapes. I have just asked my other half if he feeds then and he says not, he prunes them when they get out of hand, but apart from that he does nothing to them. They are planted straight into the soil, in a very sunny, warm position. I don't know the variety as we bought them mainly to give us shade, the fruit is a bonus. They are at the moment like peppercorns, and if we should get any sort of a crop this year we will make juice from them as they are not really sweet enough to eat.

When we went to the champagne area of France, and they grow them in very rough soil and as far as I know they don't water or feed them, just let them get on with it, perhaps someone will tell us how they grow them. As for dessert grapes perhaps that is a different method. Let's hope the warm sunny weather continues and we might get a crop.

Agastachegardeners sangria

Posted: 24/07/2012 at 08:41

Hi Chris.

I like anything and everything. I am getting together some plants for a border that has got out of hand and I want to completely revamp it in the autumn. I have Astrantia a deep red variety, Salvia flugens, dark blue and light blue(don't know their names) that I intend to keep, and some we have grown from seed, far too many, so they will no doubt find good homes, and at the moment that's about it, apart from various daffodils and snow drops. On the fence behind the border there's a golden jasmin, yellow honeysuckle and  The President clematis, a climbing rose, Ginger syllabub, also cerinthe that seeds all over, not that I mind that. From your earlier posts you say that agastache are a bit tender, so I will keep that in the greenhouse and plant out next spring. The border faces south and get the sun most of the day, the soil is light and has to be mulched to keep in the moisture, we usually are quite dry in the summer, this year is the exception as it is everywhere else.

The time has come to get in there and sort it out!.

I am open to suggestions, and would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks.

Christine.

PS. it can get cold here in Lincolnshire we had -15c one night last year, it killed all the wisteria buds just as they were about to open and it was down to -18c the previous winter.

Agastachegardeners sangria

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 21:48

Hi Christopher2.

I have ordered Black adder today and am looking forward to giving it a try. Yours sound lovely.

Thanks for your help.

Christine.

Agastachegardeners sangria

Posted: 23/07/2012 at 07:57

Hi. I am interested in growing agastaches but am wondering how invasive they are. I have mixed border and do not want to plant anything that might run into adjoining plants so that I have to dig them up and replant. Any advice would be appreciated.

shasta seeds

Posted: 22/07/2012 at 10:15

That's what I thought sotongeoff.  I looked on Sarah Ravens website, I thought if anybody would have them she would, but no luck. The only ones I seen of these varieties have been plants ready to grow. You probably have to split them or take cuttings to get them true as you say.

Best of  luck with your search potteries phil, let us know how you get on.

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