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

Posted: 17/07/2012 at 22:57

My VB self seed all over the garden. Every time I go to the garden centre I see them for sale for up to £4. a pot. I must say it makes me feel rather smug I must have several hundred pounds worth! The tallest has reached approx 6ft 6", I have never had such tall healthy plants. I too have given numerous plants away.  I noticed today that next years crop are about 6" tall ready to be transplanted or potted up. Plants for free, you can't beat it.


Posted: 16/07/2012 at 10:35

Just added the addon. Its brilliant. No more annoying fold down adds, who ever thought of them wants locking up! Thanks for the info sotongeoff.

Glut of apples

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 17:38

I  assumed that the fruit was now on the tree, still growing and going to be harvested in the Autumn, God and weather permitting!, perhaps I am wrong.  Mine certainly aren't ready. Perhaps Hudson Belle will tell us! We have a reasonable crop of apples coming on.


what is this plant please

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 15:46

I think it is a Phygelius too. It is a South African plant that is treated as a hardy perennial here. It grows about 2-3ft and like a sunny sheltered spot. Cut back to ground level in the spring to encourage new growth. other than that it needs very little attention, just the occasional feed and water in very dry weather, mine flower every year.

Glut of apples

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 12:11

Hi again.

Make apple and blackberry jam, or apple chutney. There are plenty of recipes for apples on the internet. Enjoy!!

Glut of apples

Posted: 15/07/2012 at 09:30

Hi Hudson Belle.

I wish I lived near to you I would gladly buy a stone or two.They are the most wonderful apple. I have a small tree in the garden but it is a young tree and only just beginning to fruit to any sense. I buy Bramleys when I see them for sale on the roadside, try putting a for sale sign out I am sure you will have no trouble getting rid of them, cook and freeze them for winter, Apple crumble.delicious!.






What's loving all this rain?

Posted: 14/07/2012 at 17:51

All the shrubs and trees are doing well. I think this wet weather will have saved a lot of them. The daylilies, penstemons, hardy geraniums, foxgloves, rambler roses, in fact most of the roses except for 2 climbing roses that are slowly giving up the ghost. I think the last 2 winters were just too much for them.They are looking decidedly sick. I don't know whether to prune them hard and feed, and hope for the best next year or remove them and replant next year. Most of my perennials look good, but the annuals I use for infilling are not in full flower as yet, just the odd bloom. We have had 2 relatively dry days with some sun so perhaps that will encourage them to get a move on.

Vegetables not so good. Potatoes are good, as are broad beans, runner beans, onions and lettuce, but the only carrots we have managed to grow are in a pot, nearly ready to harvest, we haven't any beetroot, sown it 3 times and got nowhere. Soft fruit has cropped well, blackcurrants and gooseberries especially. We are going to sow some winter/spring cabbage to see if that does any good.

You need to be an optimist to garden, just hope for the best tomorrow, it's a new day.

winter or spring

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 20:32

Hi Percy-Grower.


I always prune mine the last two weeks in February, if at all possible, then give them a feed of sulphate of potash. I find that this works for me.

All my clematis are in the ground so I give them a mulch in the autumn and if you plant them deep, as you should all clematis, they should come through a hard winter. I understand that you have yours in large planters, so you could wrapped them in good thick layer of bubble wrap around the planter to give them some protection.


Coverage of Hampton Court Flower Show

Posted: 13/07/2012 at 17:49

I agree with grai, we live in rural Lincolnshire, where theres acre upon acre of rape, great for bees in the spring when it's in flower ,but after that there is nothing much for them to feed on. However a lot of the farmers are leaving the grass verges uncut until they have set seed and we are getting far more wild flowers than we have had in recent years. Every one who gardens should try to plant a few beneficial plants to make corridors for the insects,bees,butterflies etc. A lot of these plants are really attractive and add to the beauty of the garden. For the first time in quite a few years we have seen good a number of bats, they seem to have recolonised our area after being down in numbers. So come on you gardeners, do your bit for the insects, etc, you help them and they will repay you.

As for all the garden shows, Tatton Park is next week, let's have less talk, more flowers and plants .

Speed gardening

Posted: 07/07/2012 at 19:02

The moment they put a hosepipe ban here in Lincolnshire it started to rain and it has never stopped. We have sandy soil but at the moment it is impossible to get out to do anything, as it is sopping . I have a beautiful Sanders White rambler covering a pergola. It has just started to flower and this morning when I ventured out all the flowers are turning brown. We have sown veg seeds four times and the results are pathetic.

We have a conifer hedge that divides our courtyard garden that desperately needs cutting, but it is too wet to use the hedge cutter. Today we were promised scattered shows, instead we had a torrential thunderstorm. We haven't had a day without rain for about 5 weeks, but at least we aren't flooded.,

I feel for the people who garden for a living, it must be a nightmare.

Well that's the moaning over for now, the sun has come out at last and I am going to try and pick my blackcurrants, that is one thing that has cropped wonderfully.

Tomorrow might be different,---- was that a pig I saw going past the window!.

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