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Begonia Million Kisses

Posted: 14/07/2013 at 21:39

Just a quick query last year I bought a million kisses begonia, which was in bloom and had bi colour pink and white blooms.

This year it started growing and is flowering but the flowers are yellow and the flowers are more of a normal begonia rather than the million kisses.

My question is:

Is this normal?  Do they revert?



Stirling Silver Rose

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 19:02

Thanks Sara.  I should have done that, when I googled the image - some look like a mauve type other looks pink, I think they will be pink.  

The pink is lovely and the smell is fantastic but I originally purchased them for the advertised colour and the picture that came with it.

Stirling Silver Rose

Posted: 02/07/2013 at 18:40

Hi all

I purchased the above mentioned rose last year from a well known online company.  The rose colour hasn't turned out what was advertised so I enquired with them and this is the response I got 

"Sometimes roses can take a season to develop true to colour, therefore; if you have not already done so apply a good quality rose fertilizer during this season and next spring if the dominate colour is still pink, please do not hesitate to contact us again"

Has anyone heard of this?

I think it's a load of rubbish.

Any help would be great

Bird feeders causing weeds?

Posted: 19/05/2013 at 20:23

Laurie - I don't think there is anything else that could be done, just let the birds do their thing

Phoenix Canariensis help

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 01:50

Hi hunter

The green shoots are more than likely weeds, are the leaves tough, they wont be roots, mine did exactly the same.  I agree with Dove, at GC it was sheltered and then when it was moved it was shocked.  DON'T WORRY though, it will survive.  Contrary to a lot of peoples belief canary palms prefer there roots to be a bit more compact, they are very slow growing about 2 - 3 leaves per year and do not need to be in full sun to thrive, mine gets about 4 hours (when the sun is out) and it grows absolutely fine.  Treating them mean keeps them keen, they really do not need a lot of care or water, just let it do it's thing

Strange question - did you ensure the pot you put it in has plenty of drainage?  Also have you repotted into a plastic or ceramic/terracotta pot, if its the latter revert to plastic it is much better in the winter as terracotta and ceramic gets very cold and stays cold which could harm roots.

I would also suggest that you don't bring it in in the winter, just keep it sheltered outside. They are quite hardy plants. As Dove said though as it looks a bit poorly harden it off until your areas risk of frost has passed.

Hardy fuchsia

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 01:26

Hi Nightgarden

I am not too strict on the pruning of my fuchsias, sometimes i do it in autumn and other years in the spring, the plant will have no problem at all.  I cut a 5ft hawkshead down early spring this year and it is leafing now to the dismay of my nan as she buys one every year and it never comes back.

just a lil' update

Posted: 18/05/2013 at 01:14

Hi David 25.

From my experience hebes can be quite temperamental.  I don't know the positioning of yours but it is probably damaged from the frost and more likely cold winds, try to keep it sheltered from cold winds and don't cut back to late in the year. It'll do fine then as the wounds should heal before really cold weather.

This is from my experience only.

Good luck

P.s. the bees and butterflies also love hebes, but if Ted is anything like my mastiff he sees bees as a great interest of which half of my time is spent getting him away from them

Garden Paint?

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 21:04

Thanks all.  I decided to just buy garden paint, I bought Ronseal cornflower garden paint, it is a bit watery but looks fantastic. Has transformed my shed

Passion Flower - white lightning

Posted: 25/04/2013 at 21:00

I decided to cut it back (side shoots etc) and it was just my luck that as I had nearly trimmed it all I found a few new shoots.

Passion Flower - white lightning

Posted: 23/04/2013 at 19:03

Hi all.

As yet my passion flkower hasn't come into any kind of bud yet, it's not dead though as stems are green.

My question is should I prune it, and if so how should I?


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