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Talkback: Trees for small gardens revisited

Posted: 26/01/2015 at 21:02
How about Tree Ferns please? I have raised some Dicksonia Antartica from spores and they are now in their sixth year and still fairly small with no established trunks yet. Will I need to wait until the last frost has passed before taking them outside. Presumably they would be best kept in containers until more established?

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 21:28

Look forward to comparing results. Ciao.


Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:59

I am answering my own post - how is that for dedication. I finally hacked off the sickly leaves and the plants have grown away merrily during the Summer with a good complement of leaves on each but no flowers as yet. I believe it takes about five years on average but I may just get lucky this coming year. I t looks as if they will all need re-potting in the Spring and I believe that it's possible to plan off-sets during potting on, assuming there are any, and presumably I will be able to pass these on if it happens. At least they look healthy enough at present.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:51

Congratulations! Perhaps I will be more fortunate this year.

Talkback: Planting bulbs and hiding bulbs

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:17
The bulbs in Spring do look untidy whilst the leaves are dying back. I have found one way is to plant them along with ferns or perhaps smaller shrubs which disguises the dying foliage. Planting some variegated ivy either round the edge of the container or supported by a stake in the centre can also look O.K.

broad beans sown in autumn

Posted: 11/12/2014 at 19:10

Does anyone have problems with slus and snails for these winter crops of beans? I tried to grow these last year and lost a lot of them - I suspect it was a snail problem as these are a pest during the growing season as the clay soil seems to suit them.

Primula - growing from seed

Posted: 02/12/2014 at 17:48

I am interested in this as I have an assortment of Primula seeds from the RHS seed swap and was not sure whether the seeds needed stratification or not. At least I have an idea how make a start now.

Pruning tall evergreen holly

Posted: 28/10/2014 at 20:30

Evergreen cuttings generally seem to thrive on neglect provided they don't dry out or become completely waterlogged. I have managed to raise some holly cuttings and some yew with minimal attention. They seem to take best during the Winter months when they are semi-dormant and the ones I took last year have made some quite respectable growth as long leader stems which I want to try and train into standards with the ball shaped heads time from now. All they need is a stout cane to encourage a strong leader encourage a straight central stem and I should be able to start training them next Spring.  Watch this space!

Wish list for seed and plant swap

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 14:04

Does anyone grow Aeoniums from seed? If so what success have you had?


Aeoniums from seed

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 11:54

Has anyone had any experience of raising Aeoniums fro seed? I am ordering some seeds as I am minded to have a go at growing these. They have always fascinated me and raising them from seed is a cheap way of stating a collection from a mixed seed assortment. No doubt there could be some interesting surprises too. 

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Aeoniums from seed

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Watsonias from seed

Hardening off seedlings 
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Talkback: Making Christmas decorations

I was introduced to wreath making for the first time this year by a member of a community group I belong to in Nottingham. I take the point ... 
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Edgworthia shubs

Anybody had much experience of growing these? 
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Bromeliads from seed.

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Pulmonarias - growing from seed.

Pulmonarias practicalities 
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Talkback: How to create an autumn pot display

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Talkback: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 - companion planting

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