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Colour. In garden

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 11:49

Japanese anemones are flowering now as are chelone (good for damp soils), physostegia, sedums, phlox and hardy geraniums.    Caryopteris and perovskia are in full blue bloom now, both are small to medium shrubs which get cut back each spring to renew vigour so they don't get too big.   My hemerocallis are still flowering and heleniums, helianthemums and Michaelmas daisies are great for late season colour.




Autumn Sowing Sweet Peas

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 10:48

A little ungracious DK?  Monty has always sown his sweet peas in spring and had good enough results for him so it was good of him to respond to criticism and comments on the old Beeb boards and do a trial of sorts.   He was very gracious himself in accepting that, so far, the autumn ones had done better but it remains to be seen whetehr the spring ones catch up by lasting and flowering longer into autumn.

As I've said, autumn sowing isn't an option for me and I can't be the only gardener out there with such problems.  Plus which, I'd rather have sweet peas going on into autumn when i'm here to enjoy them than peaking in summer when I'm away on hols.

As with anything in gardening there are no hard and set rules except for certain very fussy and usually exotic plants.  For the rest, we have to do what suits our situation, climate, soil, resources and needs.  Luckily we have a wide variety of gardeners on here to offer advice from their own personal experience -which is what Monty does on GW.

Perennial seedlings - what now

Posted: 06/09/2012 at 10:41

A proper cold frame will give them better protection and allow you to lift the lid and ventilate on warmer days plus add an extra blanket of newspaper or some such when very cold nights are forecast.   You can also line it with bubble wrap for extra insulation.

Autumn Sowing Sweet Peas

Posted: 05/09/2012 at 21:29

I believe Monty actually said that so far, teh autumn sown sweet peas have performed better but it remainsto be seen whether or not the spring sown ones catch up by staying in flower for longer in the season and thus producing as many blooms.

Either way, given the winters here and the difficulties of getting them through, I shall be sowing sweet peas next Feb or March.   Didn't have space or inclination this year but I do for next.

New gardener rose question

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:53

Yes, clean off and bin or burn all the affected foliage when it drops so the spores don't stick around for next year.   Keep your roses well fed from early spring to late June so they are strong enough to withstand disease. 

Talkback: How to insulate a greenhouse

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 17:48

I have a 6' x 8' aluminium greenhouse which I bought from a friend when she went home to the States.  It came with ready cut bubble wrap and plastic clips and it does just take me 30 to 40 minutes to install it.   It's the emptying, cleaning and restocking afterwards that takes the time.

I'm considering buying extra buble wrap to give the walls a double layer this winter as it's been relocated to a sunnier site and, as yet, has no electricity supply for the heater.


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 14:51

Shugs - leaf fall is not the best time to prune.  It should be done in summer and winter.   See here for advce from the RHS -


Posted: 04/09/2012 at 14:04

They're a fast growing climber that can, with skill and attention, be trained as a standard type tree.   Many take years to get to flwoering maturity and they need pruning in July and January to encourage the formation of the flowering buds.

Not a hedge plant.

Non flowering geraniums this year

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:09

A bit late for this year but try giving them a high potassium feed next year to encourage flowering.  Rose or clematis fertiliser will do or tomato.

what can you start now

Posted: 04/09/2012 at 13:06

Chinese Greens such as Pak Choi and Japanese Mizuna can be sown now for a quick crop that shoul dbe ready by October.

I have some carrots I sowed in pots in the second week of August which have germinated well and are now 2" high which is 2" more than the ones I've sown in the ground for the last 4 years.  The pots were a last ever chance for them but it seems to be the way to go.  Now we're back from hols I can move them to a sunny site at the front as they no longer need to be grouped in the shade for automatic watering and that should speed up growth.

You can plant onion sets for a crop next July and spring cababge plugs if you can find them.  Bit late for sowing them though.  It's also a good time to plant a new starwberry patch.

I'm also going to have  a go at a last crop of beets, turnips and spnach in teh hope they'll germintae quickly in the September warmth.

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