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Posted: 18/05/2015 at 22:27

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Posted: 18/05/2015 at 21:12

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flowers on my chillies

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 19:43

It just means they haven't been pollinated so won't form a chili.   Try using a soft headed paintbrush to pollinate the next lot, just fluffing it gently over each flower in turn to transfer pollen.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 18/05/2015 at 17:43

Came home from teaching English to my scientists and potted up 50 or so assorted chilies and a dozen sweet yellow peppers and some beefsteak tomatoes as well as a new one called Red Alert.    3 of the scientsts turned up at 5pm to take away some of th ebabies and also a load of spare geranium phaeums and hemerocallis I'd cleared from a  bed earlier in April.   Found a white phaeum in amongst all the purple so split that into 5 and potted those up too.   Thought I'd lost all those so am very pleased.

A few more divisions to pot on and label and then be loaded up with the spare chilies for a charity plant sale tomorrow at my garden group - selling off the leftovers and some new bits to add to the 1000€ we raised at the beginning of the month.  Every little helps.

First I need to walk the dogs before it pees down.


Cornus controversa

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:12

These shrubs or small trees are grown for their form and foliage and may take time to mature to flowering.   Try giving it a slow release feed of blood fish and bone with a booster of potash/potassium to encourage flowering.    You can also water it with rose or tomato food or maybe some home made comfrey tea as these also encourage flowers.

Mystery flowers

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 19:09

They will self seed very readily so just be careful when you're weeding that you don't hoe up the babies.    You can also take seed from the seed pods when they turn brown and sow it in trays of compost then prick it out into individual pots when big enough to handle by the leaves.

Mystery flowers

Posted: 17/05/2015 at 18:55

Also known as Granny's bonnet.  Excellent cottage garden and border plant.   They do cross fertilise and self seed very happily and can tend to degenerate to a muddy pink as the years go by but they are definitely not weeds.  

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:42

No gardening today cos we've had filthy weathers all day - cold, grey, wet and windy.  

I have spent most of today just watching my garden from indoors and see that in the last couple of days the foliage on my newly emerged astilboides in the damp, shady bed, has gone from small saucer to dinner plate size.   Wonderful but I dare say the weeds in the far beds have put on a similar growth spurt.

Nandina domestica (heavenly bamboo) - does it do well?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 21:24

It is not remotely bamboo like so is unlikely to make a decent screen.  I planted two a few years ago but they don't like my cold winters so I took the surviving shrub, still only 30cms high, into my bathroom for the winter and it has coped fine but not produced the red foliage for which I chose it.

I suggest you have a look at pyracantha which is evergreen, can be trained as a   screen or wall shrub and has blossom in spring and berries in autumn so is excellent for wildlife too.   If you can improve your soil with plenty of well rotted garden compost and/or manure and keep your chosen new plant well watered for its first season it should thrive and fight off pests and diseases.

Is this a massive Dogwood?

Posted: 16/05/2015 at 18:44

Not dogwood but you could take out a third of the stems now to reduce its bulk and impact and then, after leaf fall, remove half of what's left of the old stems from the base and cut the rest back, including new stems to reduce the mass some more.   

You will lose some flower power this way for next season but not lose the plant and can then continue with a one third pruning regime that takes out the oldest stems each autumn and thus keeps the shrub constantly renewed and healthy and a manageable size.  

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