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verbena bonariensis

Posted: 04/04/2013 at 19:15

Can anyone suggest why my verbena bonariensis every year looks healthy at the end of winter and then dies off outside?

I do hedge my bets though and take cuttings each autumn which I find easily root, and overwinter in a cold greenhouse where most survive.

Maybe it is just too cold outside for the parent plants here in Central Scotland?


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:45

My long armed gardening gloves are my favourite. Ones recommended by the RHS. They stop all those painful scratches in the middle of thorny bushes, nettles, and so on.

I also try to wear old clothes for gardening- but forget that plan in my enthusiasm and end up ruining slippers, good jumpers and posh trousers.Ah well!


Posted: 28/03/2013 at 18:39

OOOh I did laugh at the jobs for next week--- pruning flowering currant and forsythia! Ours, and also even daffodilts, are nowhere near flowering- the incessant snow and cold being the culprits. I think mine might be ready to prune about June!!!! I live in quite a high area in Central Scotland. Oh for a bit of warmth- and I think the plants are wishing the same.

bird netting

Posted: 12/07/2012 at 18:40

I bought some insect deterent netting to stop butterflies laying eggs on my brassicas. It also deters carrot root fly. It is sort of nylony and lets lots of light and water through, but not the insects or birds. Birds can't get tied up in it either, so it is ideal.The netting can be kept in place with stones or pegs. It is robust and can be used again and again- much better than ordinary fleece. I bought it in Dobbies Garden Centre but I am sure it is available elsewhere.


Posted: 12/07/2012 at 18:34

I know that Himalayan honeysuckle does seed itself all over the place, but it is worth it just to see the blackbirds repeatedly launching/ jumping off the ground and trying to grab a berry before they crash land.Also, as someone else said, the seedlings are easy to remove from where you don't want them.

Gardeners World - not back for 4 weeks!

Posted: 29/06/2012 at 18:19

Can I sue the BBC when I suffer from withdrawal symptoms due to absence of Monty et al for 4 weeks? I am SO disappointed that my viewing highlight of the week won't be there.

olive tree

Posted: 18/05/2012 at 12:06

I always bring mine inside for the winterr as it is cold in Scotland!!

What would be best for my tete a tete (and me)?

Posted: 12/05/2012 at 14:05

Try to tip the whole of the contents of the pot into another container- even an old compost bag would do- disturbing the plant roots as little a possible.Then feed them until the leaves die back. You can then let the containers dry out and harvest the bulbs for replanting in the autumn.

spring onions

Posted: 27/04/2012 at 16:09

Oooh Those replies make me feel so much better and not such a dud spring onion gardener! Thanks to everyone. I'll have a go at the suggestions. White Lisbon is my variety too. Maybe someone can suggest a better one?

spring onions

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 19:49

Why do my spring onions take forever to grow? I am still waiting for those planted as seeds last year to get to a size big enough to eat-  the seed packet said they'd only take 6 weeks- not more than 12 months!

I have tried them in pots in the greenhouse, and outside in the veg garden in a good garden soil. Actually the story is the same with radishes.

I live in central Scotland.

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