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Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 11:46

I have a space like that and grow snowdrops, daffs, hostas, astilboides, hellebores, primulas, hemerocallis, chelone, Japanese anemones, hakonechloa, ferns, a couple of dwarf conifers and lily of the valley which all cope with winter, a bit of damp and no direct sun most of the year.

No wussy plastic busies.


Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 05/03/2013 at 11:10

I always think begonias look plastic so really don't like them.   Most busy lizzies too.

Seeds are up

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 19:41

I'd use one of those for slug hunting.  

I now have two kinds of tomato babies so have sown six more of each in order to have some for swaps with a friend and to sell at a plant fair for charity in May.  OH very kindly emptied all the pots from the greenhouse and stashed them agains the house wall facing south where they've had a lovely time today after an overnight frosting.   We're supposed to get to 17C tomorrow afternoon!    Good for cleaning up and sowing more seeds in there as I've run out of warm, sunny window sill.

out of season plants

Posted: 04/03/2013 at 13:17

I agree.  Sounds all wrong, like pink daffs and the hunt for red delphiniums and true blue roses.  Why?   They're all beautiful enough in their natural colours and seasons.


Posted: 03/03/2013 at 20:20

If you're plant is miscanthus zebrinus it will eventually get to between 1 and 1.5 metres talland spread 50cms or more wide.   You plant the whole thing together.

Soft yellow or hot pink climbing roses

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:22

I have Malvern Hills - a short, repeat flowering soft yellow rambler - and Teasing Georgia - a more golden but mellow yellow rose which can be grown as a short climber.  Both flower well for me.

I think Gertrude Jekyll is an excellent pink rose with good perfume and strong flowers but it is quite thorny.   David Austin do some very good pink roses so have a look at their site.

Hanging baskets and window boxes

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 17:14

Hi Betty.   Is you knee a permanent fixture or to be mended?

I've been out pruning clematis and sedums and such like and pottering with pots of hostas and stuff that OH has brought out of their winter hibernation in the greenhouse.    All very satisfying but the foot is now swollen and sore again so is propped up while I blob on the sofa.    I sowed a few seeds mid week and already have baby tumbler tomatoes shwoing through so opportunities for pricking out are limited as yet.  However,, now th egreenhouse is empty I can get cracking on more sowing.  

Flowers we don't like?

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 13:34

I'm not a fan of cut flowers at all except sweet peas if I grow them. I prefer my flowers live and growing outside.   Also, in the past, kittens and young cats have always seen flowers in vases as toys with ensuing watery accidents.   Much rather have healthy house plants indoors and flowers outside.


Posted: 03/03/2013 at 13:31

Yes.  You can do it now before the new growth starts so you don't damage the tips of th enew shoots.  If growth is already visible, cut off the old growth just a bit higher.  Secateurs will do for smaller plants but our zebrinus is now well established and very chunky, we use hedge trimmers. 

Seeds are up

Posted: 03/03/2013 at 10:52

I gave in to temptation and sowed two kinds of tomatoes, some sweet pea and nemesia seeds on Wednesday and on Thursday I sowed some kashmiri chilli seeds I got from dried chillies.  Don't know if those will work but nothing ventured, nothing gained.   I also potted up 3 new dahlia tubers.   All are sat on a warm, sunny window sill - when we get sun that is. 

Today I have baby tumbler tomatoes so am very excited.

Everything else will have to wait till it's warm enough - and OH is willing - to empty the greenhouse of all the plants hiding in there for the winter.

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