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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.

fast growing shrubs

Posted: 02/03/2013 at 17:14

As Welshonion says, a fast growing shrub will be a thug that brings its own problems and with the rapid height will also come rapid width requiring lots of maintenance to keep looking good and within bounds.

The trellis panels suggested above would provide instant height and be decorative in themselves without width.   You can then add climbers for colour and even perfume.   There's a wide range of clematis and roses suitable for many aspects and you would have to choose them depending on whether they are to be south, west, east or north facing, exposed to winds and cold and so on.




Reference Index for GW magazine

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 13:51

In the mean time you could cut out all the index pages, note on them which month and year they are for and file them for easy perusal to take you to the article you want.

Ants in compost

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 10:33

You need to keep compost bins moist for the rotting process to begin and continue.

Just watering it will make the ants move.   If you add a small bottle of essential oil of cloves to a 10 litre can of water and water that on after the first wetting, the ants will not come back.  They can't stand the smell.


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