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Oriental Chrysanthemum

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 10:04


I found these seeds quite by chance last year. It was a James Wong range for wildlife gardening. I grew them in my allotment. Only a few germinated successfully but wow!  they were fantastic!  Big multi-stemmed plants with delicate grey/green leaves and beautiful creamy yellow flowers. hundreds of them all summer.

I was so proud of them I entered them in the local (very small) show - and won a prize! I felt a bit guilty though. The class was for 5 stems of the same flower. As you can see, I had multi flowers on each stem and they made quite a show!

Sadly, I was unable to grow any this year from my collected seed and hav'nt seen them in the shops again. Any ideas?

Barlotto beans - to freeze or not to freeze

Posted: 18/09/2015 at 09:39

This is just the info I've been looking for!  I've grown Barlotti for the first time this year. Planted them directly into the ground, in June and they've done really well. ( and I live in north Yorkshire)   No pests as far as I can see. 

Trouble is I'm not sure when they're ready. The beans inside are still white. Do they go pink inside the pod? Do I wait for that?  or do they change colour on drying?   In fact I think I will use them fresh or freeze them now I know that's ok.

Garlic disease

Posted: 09/07/2015 at 21:05

Oh dear!!  All my garlics have now gone the same way!  What a waste of time! Ive tended and watched them right through the winter - all to get nothing! Don't think I'll bother again.

Garlic disease

Posted: 21/06/2015 at 18:36

No, not really. And its happened while they were still in the ground. The tops have gone like raffia and the necks have rotted. The outer skins have a white / greenish mound all over in the worst cases. If I rub away the skins, the bulbs don't look too bad but are a bit slimy looking. Don't fancy eating them ! I'm gutted. They were doing so well.

My Senshu onions nearby seem to be fine, and I have Solent Wight garlic in another bed which is also fine, so far. Think I'll dig them up early just in case.

Garlic disease

Posted: 20/06/2015 at 20:45

My lovely Garlic Marco's have suddenly withered! the stems have rotted off and the bulbs are covered in a white / green mould. I've dug them out and thrown them away, but very sad. They were doing so well!  It is a new raised bed this year, never grown garlic in it before. Nice open and sunny site.  What went wrong?  and are my onions at risk, growing in the same bed?

Propogating Clematis

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:40

Whats the best way to propogate clematis? I confess Ive pinched a long 'cutting' form a beautiful one growing over a wall. Its a Montana type with a beautiful small passion flower type of flower. Will it strike do you think? or layer? or do I need seeds?

Lidl Compost

Posted: 03/06/2014 at 17:35

I bought a bag of Lidl peat free this year. Its disgusting! Black, smells of oil and leaches black liquid out when watered. I threw it away - whatevers in it, I don't want to eat the produce - YUK !!

Growing Sage

Posted: 10/01/2014 at 16:26

The Sage in my new garden has really flourished and Ive had to cut it back several times during the Summer. Do I leave it to keep going year round or should it be cut right down each year?

Its getting a bit blackened here and there, presumably by frost.

Climber for Trellis - Evergreen and Child Friendly

Posted: 11/10/2012 at 18:02

My evergreen honeysuckle is nice but a bit of a beast! It grows well in my north facing garden too and copes ok. It does get little clusters of berries though late summer / autumn. They are grey / black so not very attractive to birds or presumably children.

I'd choose a varigated ivy. they are very pretty, fast growing, cheap, evergreen and provide great cover for roosting sparrows.

pot grown tree

Posted: 30/08/2012 at 19:11

I want to grow a tree in a large pot to give a bit of privacy for my summer house. Its in a north facing garden - sunshine early morning and mid afternoon. We,re in northern England with cold winds from the East in Winter, so it,ll need to be fairly tough. Can anyone suggest what I might choose?

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Discussions started by MoominMama

Oriental Chrysanthemum

Most beautiful and prolific flowers ! 
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Last Post: 18/09/2015 at 13:58

Garlic disease

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Last Post: 09/07/2015 at 21:05

Propogating Clematis

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Last Post: 03/06/2014 at 18:27

Growing Sage

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Last Post: 10/01/2014 at 18:18

pot grown tree

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Last Post: 01/09/2012 at 18:51
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