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Does anyone know of a propagation year planner pls?

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 15:48

Not exactly but I have an RHS book called the Complete Book of Plant propagation which shows how and give lists of when but organised by plant type rather than month.

You could also check out this link - - which lists what to do in the garden each month and has and alphabetical index which includes propagation, again in groups of plants rather than by month.

You could always draw up your own planner with this information.


Wee Jean fae Aiberdeen

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 22:00

I too have hard winters but seed survive so I get surprise verbenas popping up.  Haven't had to relocate or dig up any yet as they are, effectively, transparent so look well almost anywhere.   This year I shall watch for the seeds being ripe and then shake the seed heads where I think I could do with more.


Posted: 02/10/2013 at 09:20

It's a native of Mexico where it is perennial.  However, in Britain, it's grown as an annual because it can't cope with temps below +5C.

You could try taking cuttings to keep indoors but given the speed of growth I'd stick with sowing it fresh every year in late Jan/early Feb and then, by the time the frosts are over in mid May, you should have a good sized plant to put out in the garden and give an impressive display all summer.

Decking lighting spacing

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 21:32

Surely it depends on how brightly you want it to be lit.

Front garden

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 08:25

A lot depends on how exposed your site is and how cold you get in winter.  I can'tgrow pittosporums or phormiums and escallonias barely keep their leaves through my winters.  In Cornwall they are reliably and healthily evergreen.  Given the long spells of cold, my hollies have taken 11 years to grow to just over 3' high so maybe a bit slow.

Front garden

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 18:03

You could go for conifers such as abies which usually have glaucous blueish foliage and a compact habit rather than loose.  There are several forms with an RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) which means they grow well and are easily available.

Berberis darwinii will give you small, glossy foliage and soft yellow flowers.  It too has an AGM as do several other forms of berberis.   Choisya ternata and choisya Sundance are evergreen with ornage scented white flowers when they are mature enough to flower.  the latter has golden foliage so is sunny looking in winter.  Both have AGMs.

Forms of cistus will give you papery white or pink flowers.   Eleagnus has green and gold variegate dfoliage for year round interest and euonmous wil give you gold or cream variegation.  You could also look up myrtus which has white flowers and shiny leaves.

If you have acid soil and enough moisture you coul dtry pieris forms which have coloured foliage in spring and then flowers.  Pyracanthas are good for wildlife having blossom in spring and berries in autumn plus thorns to deter people form climbing your wall.

Again, if your soil is acid and moisture retentive you could grow rhododendrons in a wid evariety of sizes, leaf shapes and flower colour.   Viburnums come in several evergreen forms and some which flower in winter.

If you want something you can clip and keep formal, have a look at taxus (yew) forms.

You can look up all of these on the RHS website - plant selector feature.   You could grow a mix to spread the flowering times and provide year round nectar for bees and other insects.


Yet another possible weed?

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 17:10

If you want rid,  you can either hoe the lot on a dry day so they are chopped off from their roots and die or just do another application of a glyphosate based weed killer.  You can expect seeds to germinate in the right conditions so may need to hoe again before it's all clear.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 12:49

Hi Dove.  Where did you get your Anna Russian seeds?  i can only find them on USA sites.

Wildlife Habitat

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:22

Mine is in full sun but shaded to the south in summer by tall perennials.  The side seen in the photo faces full west and is protected from wind by shrubs such as cornus and hydrangea to the west of it.   There are larger shrubs and trees to the north but no protection form biting easterlies in winter as that side is cow pasture.

I will/I won't grow that again

Posted: 30/09/2013 at 08:15

Hungarian black chillies have done really well and are tasty without anaestetising teh palette so will grow again.  However Habanero Tobago seasoning failed to germinate and produced just one plant that died early despite being sown and potted on in the same conditions.

Tumbler toms produced OK but were bland.  Russian Blacks were good.

No success with home sown beets but good results with plugs.   Ditto fennel.  Home sown broccoli and purple sprouting all good and the red cabbages and radicchio plugs have done well too.   Didn't get around to sowing courgettes or pumpkins cos of the new feet and haven't really missed them but I'll grow some next year in a newly cleared bed.

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