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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.


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.


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.

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 18:18

Hi, I think that the season we are having that is to blame and perhaps I might try them again, but when you only have limited amount of land you do want to be as sure as you can that you get a crop you can eat. I roasted them with Rosemary and garlic and they were OK but I really like new potatoes boiled or steamed with a knob of butter!!

Thanks for your interest everyone. I'm sure that with this funny season other people will have had the same problems. Bye for now, off to enjoy the sunshine.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 21/07/2012 at 11:57

Absolutely Brilliant!!! sunshine all the way, will be out in the garden as soon as my cake has finished baking. Lots of jobs to do, weeding, reorganising a border, infact where do I start? Better get out there and get cracking, have a nice day


Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 21:09

 Just watched Monty Don on GW  and the results of his potato trials. He has had the same problem with both taste and the potato breaking up when cooking that I had, so I can almost certainly say it is too much water that has caused the problem with the Vales Emerald  The Maris Bard are fine, so we have some ' new potatoes' that taste and cook like they should. I think we will stick with them in the future!!.


Lily beetle

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 07:29

I haven't had so many beetles this year. I usually pick off the adults and jump on them, shouting words a lady? should no use, My husband knows another one had been dispatched! If I find any larvae I also give them a spray of Provado, it seems to stop the little blighters from hatching ( if that's the correct word).

Whilst we are on the subject of lilies, I have several growing in pots, some years old, that have not produced many flowers this year. I dead head them when they have finished flowering and feed regularly, any tips to encourage them to flower next year.  I also re-pot them in new compost in the spring. Are they just coming to the end of their flowering life?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

PS Since posting this I have read a very interesting article on lilies on the RHS website, but I would still be interested in you comments, thanks.

Calling Mrs P - or anyone who can grow Verbena bonariensis from seed

Posted: 20/07/2012 at 07:13

Nearly all my plants are self seeded in a gravel bed,a few others around the garden. It's amazing where they pop up. I then transplant them around the garden when the stems have toughened up. I think this helps with the slug situation.

I love VB but my husband can't stand them, he says they are long stalks with a flower on the end. I keep telling him they are elegant, graceful plants so useful for giving height to the border and the bees and insects love them, but he just can't see the point. I still plant them what ever he says. we have to agree to differ.

Have a nice day folks.

Vales Emerald Potatoes.

Posted: 19/07/2012 at 08:46

Thanks for your replies and advice.

We have grown Charlotte in the past and they have been fine.

We just like to grow a few of a variety we have no previously tried in case we find one we like for the next year, there are so many new ones,it mind boggling. I think I will try to get some seed to grow some for Christmas maybe Juliette or Casablanca. Think I will try some roasted with garlic and rosemary for tea tonight, might add a bit of flavour and keep their shape!.

Thanks once again. Have a nice day


PS It's raining again

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