Latest posts by Lyn

no flowers and no sign of any

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:19

If its a paniculata, there was no need to prune in its 3rd year, they flower on this years growth so maybe you have cut the flowering stalks off, no amount of feed will bring them back, go easy on the pruning of young plants, let them get well established first.

If its not a paniculata, they bloom on older wood, which you have pruned out. 

My adivise would be just leave it and you will get flowers next year.

When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 09:03

Dont worry about your ground or conditions, my ground is almost always wet, we live nearlly 1000ft up so a lot of the time in the clouds, the ground is very acid on the edge of Dartmoor,

My daughter lives where they mine clay in Cornwall so her soil is different again, they thrive well in both places and spread their seeds. We dug hundreds of seedlings up from her garden to give away.

I grew 100 from seed and put in another hundred of hers, all thriving well and flowering for the second year.

There will probably be some up for grabs next year as plants, she just throws the spares away, or I have a packet of seeds for free.

Cauliflower conundrum

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 08:50

Can you ear the flowers then, ?

When should I plant out my Verbena Bonariensis?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:06

Agree with fb, they are tough little wotsits get them out quick and they will flower for you in Sept/oct. Leave them then cut them down after the seeds have dropped or next spring and they will grow to 7ft next year.

Lidl bulbs and plants

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:45

I just love whatever grows for me, my plants choose me, not the other way round.

I cant afford to buy very much so lidls do for me, whatever colours they come. Mine is a cottage garden so anything goes, but i can understand the problem when you are trying to lay out a formal one.

In general i think lidls are ok.



Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:38

Chop them back to a few inches from the ground, you will probably get a lovely late show.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:15

Then of course, I have seen squirrels and the ocasional straight tailed variety up on the feeders.


Posted: 10/07/2014 at 18:07

Mine are no where near flowering, dont worry you will have a lovely show right up to autumn.

Hungry beaks?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 09:07

Mine too, I use a 2ltr jug full of seeds, mixed with sunflower hearts, thats in the feeders, then 2 fat ball a day, every other day I use a suet block, they cost me a forune, but I love the reward of mums bring baby birds to feed when they are out of the nests.

Mr and Mrs pheasant came the other day with her brood, she has 10 and a week later they are all still going, unusual that nothing has had them, they are wonderful parents.

Bird Food Suppliers

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 01:42

I buy the suet blocks from Amazon, 7.99 for 10, post free if you buy 2 boxes.comes in 2 or 3 flavours, birds love them all.

If you buy fat balls, please dont use the net bag, i have had to cut birds free after getting feet and beaks caught in them

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