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Who else loves the humble sempervivum

Posted: 20/04/2012 at 23:46

I planted some last year in the roof garden on Insect Towers.  Looks like they've come through the winter OK and far better than the dwarf sedums so I'll be looking out for more this spring.

problem solving

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 23:16

I'd have thought it would be better to plant them out in the borders when they're lifted from the pots and just buy new stock for the pots each autumn to get the best spring display in both pots and garden.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 10:44

I think you're right Goldilocks.  Mine certainly had far fewer flowers last year after the major hacking but it has recovered well and I expect normal service this year and yes, it does look like a maple till it blooms.

Sambuca Nigra

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:11

12 years or so ago I planted a golden sambucus nigra but it has really struggled with the last few hard winters and is now, finally, no more.   However, its purple leaved cousin, Black Lace, planted a few years later, is doing very well just 30 feet along in the same sort of place.  It has now grown quite tall and the autumn before last I lifted its canopy by cutting out all the lower branches to head height.  It now makes a very good small tree with dappled shade beneath for things like hellebores and ferns and hostas.

Talkback: RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2009 - herbs for wildlife

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 09:01

On the other hand, you can grow Florence or bulb fennel which you eat as a crop before it seeds but it still can provide a home for swallow tail butterflies to lay their eggs.  The caterpillars are very civilised and only eat the foliage fronds and they're rather gorgeous too.  I grow fennel every year after having these turn up just the once about 5 years ago.  Live in hope, I say. 

We like fresh fennel in salads and baked with goat's cheese and pine kernel or roast with Mediterranean veggies so waiting for caterpillars is no hardship.

How to give feedback about the new site

Posted: 19/04/2012 at 08:55

For a short while after posting you can go back and Edit.  The option comes up in theh bottom right hand corner when yu put your cursor on the post.  Doesn't last for ever though.

is it safe to put seedlings into window boxes yet?

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 15:45

It depends on where you are and how high up is your flat.  The usual advice is not to put out anything tender before frosts end in about mid May but if your window sills face south and are high enough to be clear of ground frosts you may be OK to do it a week or two earlier. On the other hand, if you're in an exposed or windy site, best to wait.

If you have more plants than you need, you could try potting on the best seedlings into the window boxes but keep them indoors for now.  Keep a few spares just in case and pot them into small pots to grow on and then give away the remaining seedlings or just put them on the compost heap.

Favourite tools

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:47

Secateurs, loppers, pruning saw and Wolf tool system with handles in varying lengths and heads for hoeing, cultivating and raking that fit all. Easy to store on a board with suitable pegs and screws for hanging them.  Then I'd add a long handled spade and fork, preferably stainless steel, plus two trowels, an old dinner fork for pricking out and a set of watering cans, hose pipes and connectors plus assorted buckets for holding plants when I'm lifting and dividing and transplanting.   Add a plank for standing on to work in the raised veggie beds, a kneeling pad for close working, a supply of canes and hazel sticks for supports and an old bread knife for cutting up clumps of perennials plus a lawn mower and cloches.

Quite a lot really.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 11:39

Kate - get well soon.  Fibonacci works for me.

Yvieh - I hope you don't get carried away with your secateurs.  I sometimes do and end up with plants that are a shadow of their former selves which would be a shock to your boss, even if good for the plants.

April in Your Garden

Posted: 18/04/2012 at 07:13

Hi Kate.  I'm fine now and pain free which is brilliant, just restricted and a bit frustrated - no gardening, no dog walking and no dancing for a while so getting unfit too.  However, the seeds compost has been heaved into place by OH so I'll be able to sow to my heart's content this pm.   

Is your 1123 a reference to your birthday cos if so it's the same as mine?

Powwow - OH thinks we'll get more snow if current rain and frost patterns continue.  I hope not.   I'd planned to try scented nicotiana this year but I expect it's too late to sow them now. 

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