Novice23


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Begonias

Posted: 01/10/2015 at 20:05

I have never had much success with overwintering begonias, so have always bought new ones each year.  I have not tried keeping them dry, so plan to do that this year and see what happens.  Can be any worse that previous years!!  Do I have to let the foliage die down like other bulbs, or can I cut it (foliage) offer when they go over?

Will my orchid flower again?

Posted: 28/01/2015 at 19:29

I have just come across this thread and it is so interesting.   I was given a beautiful orchid last summer and the flowers lasted for months.   When they eventually died I pruned the stems down to the next bud, as described above.  That was in October and whilst it is still looking good with nice leaves, the stems are turning brown and it is travelling down the stem.  No new buds or signs of any.  I water it about every two weeks, filling the pot with water, then draining it all out.  I feed it roughly every other water.   What should I be doing to get news buds?    It was a gorgeous plant and I would like to keep it going.

Any advice would be welcome

Crosmosia

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:59

Have a lovely display of Crosmosia now and with some earlier staking they are upright. However, have been out of action since beginning of June with broken ankle so having to rely on OM to water and he is much stingyer than I am with the hose.   Rest of the garden looks a jungle, but at least the fiery red of the Crosmosia looks great.

Similar to lots but can't find a match

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 13:08

I had this in my garden when we moved in, and left it for one year!  Bad move, it seeded everywhere and was a devil to get rid of.   I now pull up all but just on or two plants as soon as they appear, that way  I have some leaves but not a garden full of borage. 

How to tame a Hollyhock!

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 15:42

I love hollyhocks, they remind me of mu childhood - sorry to all you who think they are weeds.  In my limited experience although they are perennial, the best way to keep them year on year is by letting them self seed, and they are often different colours as well.   I just leave the flowers to dry our and then shake the seeds where I want them.   They do grow prolifically but I just pull up the ones I don't want. 

 

 

council recycled compost

Posted: 16/04/2014 at 17:48

I feel a trip to B & Q coming on - will try this a see what happens.,  Thanks Rio Knight

council recycled compost

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 18:51

I have followed this thread, as I did last year on compost.  I used JAB year before last and from late last year to now have a wonderful selection of new weeds growing, which I am sure came from that batch.  Last year I tried the garden centres own brand, less weeds but no real good results, so this year I am trying Levington's  So far so good, but who knows.   

I use mine for seedlings, potting on and for mulching, as well as digging into my wonderful (solid) clay soil along with grit, when I plant anything new, so do manage to get through a reasonable amount.

Sadly like Andy the Scientist I can't find New Horizon anywhere locally and to buy online usually means large quantities, then I have the problem of storage and OH is less than enthusiastic about piles of bags of compost everywhere!

 

  

 

 

yryinc,  This U dud  

Cutting Back Penstemons

Posted: 15/04/2014 at 18:41

Have cut mine down again this year, not taken cuttings as I have lots of others that I have taken from other plants and shrubs - probably getting carried away, but hey ho.   I hope I get another good display this year and plan to put some more new ones in alongside to get a mix of colours.

 

 

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 13:24

Thanks Verdun, they are still just little cuttings with shoots, but I will keep them growing on as you suggest.  Would it be better to keep them like this until next spring, rather than planting out in the autumn?   

Physocarpus out growing space

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 11:50

It is now mid March ad I have eleven hardwood cuttings with leaves and shoots on them so am delighted that I will not lose my plant.  The layering dfid not work, or not so far, but given all the rain I am not surprised.    My only problem now is where do I put 11 new shrubs!!!   What a lovely problem to have and II feel lots of giveaway plants in the making.

Thanks everyone for the advice and information,I would not have had the confidence to try this without your encouragement. 

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