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Ceanothus not flowering

Posted: 27/04/2016 at 14:44

A Ceanothus Edinburgh that I have grown from a cutting I took while doing a course at the Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh.  It has never flowered, it is very healthy looking and the leaves have a lovely shine.  it is about 3 years old and about five foot tall.  Any ideas how to persuade it to flower?


Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:13

If you are using Everedge that should make life much easier, I can't afford the amount I need!  Will you put it all around the lawn?  Its a really nice plan, and should look lovely from the house too


Time for a new garden design?

Posted: 11/02/2016 at 17:02

The plan looks lovely.  I have something similar.   I would say remember that if you keep a lawn, keep it simple and try not to increase the amount of edge!  I find it is the edge that takes time, and I increased mine massively without realising!  I am busy trying to increase the borders.  And DEFINITELY get rid of plants that you don't love.  Someone will have them and love them, make a stall outside your house and sell them!!  Also if you make your borders bigger remember to have a way to get to the middle of them.  I am sure I will end up with no lawn one day, they are so demanding.

Which tree?

Posted: 10/12/2015 at 15:25

I wouldn't plant an evergreen myself, but thats probably prejudice!  If you do, be very careful what you choose.  But you could choose something with year round interest, a John Downie crab apple is small, nice shape, small white flowers, lots of bright red/orange fruit in autumn can make crab apple jelly.  I also have an acer grisium, glorious peeling trunk, which looks good in winter and really lovely autumn colour.  Or Prunus Serulla, anther with a lovely trunk, and yellow leaves in autumn.  Or a birch, which wouldn't block light and always looks lovely and graceful.  Have fun!


Overwintering sweet pea seeds

Posted: 22/10/2015 at 17:23

They may well start shooting quite soon, they need to be in a greenhouse/coldframe. You do need to water them.  I have always done this with sweet peas, but last year on GW Monty did a trial and found that there wasn't much difference sowing them now to sowing them in the spring, and I think I am going to do that this year. I live in Scotland and last year, by the time it was warm enough to put them out, they were really leggy.

Spring Advice ?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 19:58

You can easily mark where the bulbs are with a stick or too, and it means you have some colour and excitement as soon as spring starts


Spring Advice ?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 19:42

You can get lots of bulbs in supermarkets just now.  Lidl has lots and they have coloured photos on the packet which make it easy to choose and appealing to your daughter.  Its a bit of a wait, but so exciting in the spring to see them poking up through the soil.  You could do some hyacinths inside to come a bit quicker and give her an idea of what will happen, we used to grow them in glass jars so you can see the roots.  I think you should make the border wider, you are bound to get the gardening bug and you will need the space!  Maybe make them into a more interesting shape, and encourage your daughter to help dig.  Have fun!

Lily Regale?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 19:36

Think I will have to talk to the tutor on the course.  The foliage isn't right either, strappy and the flower comes out from the middle of the leaves rather than on a leafy stalk.  Its small too, although the flower is big.  Just don't know what it could be


What month is the sweet corn harvesting season?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:25



Lily Regale?

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 17:14

I have grown Lily Regale from seed which I got on a course at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens.  It looks right, but has no scent, or at least only slightly of coconut! Could this be something else?  The flowers are white with purplish outside and yellow in the middle, about 10 cms long.  They have been growing for about 18 months, but only flowered this year.  Any ideas?


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