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hydrangea

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 13:55

This kind flowers on wood formed the previous season.   When you bought it it, it would have been forced into flowering early and is unlikely to flower again this year.   Give it a feed of bonemeal around the roots noow to help it form strong roots and shoots for next year's show.   Feed it some rose or tomato food next spring to encourage flowers.

Chilli Seed Swap

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 13:34

I am growing Hungarian Black, Bulgarian Carrot, Spanish Padron and Basket of Fire.   They're all a bit slow after being battered to bits by a hail storm during Chelsea week but, when they do get as far as flowering and fruiting, I'll be happy to save seeds for swapping.   I'm not interested in macho volcanic varieties though as I like to taste my food and not have my palate anaesthetised.

Another plant ID

Posted: 09/07/2014 at 12:41

My variegated erysimum has purple and orange flowers but th eleaves are narrower.  It's been flowering its socks off for months now so I'll be taking cuttings soon just in case it wears itself out.

Help with identifying plant

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 19:15

Oleander?

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 14:37

That breeder's rights rule applies to propagation for sale, not to private gardeners increasing their own stock.    The best time to divide plants is either autumn or spring so wait a bit.

My winters usually get to -25C though I have had -32C.  It's usually the winter wet that kills plants rather than the cold and a blanket of snow is also better than getting that cold with no protective covering.    Echinaceas are American prairie plants.    A wet Belgian winter is more damaging than a cold, dry or snow covered prairie winter.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 13:17

Chipped bark.   I use it on some paths in the far "woodland" corner of my garden. and have used it on beds too but it's breaking down now and has been incorporated into the soil.

Lots of birds too but they don't eat the slugs.

Echinacea Pink Double Delight

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 12:18

It depends where you are.  I rarely get echinacea that survive the usual winters here in the rural centre and also find them a favourite meal for slugs.   This last winter being so mild means I do have a few that have coped but they then were battered by the hail storm at the end of May and are taking their time to recover so it seems I can't win either way.

ID for large flowering plant, please.

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:15

Its common name is Stonecrop.   If it's leaves turn reddish in winter it is probably sedum sexangulare.

globe thistle cut back..

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:11

I don't.    They need the foliage to feed the roots for next year's growth and the top growth also protects the crowns from heavy frosts.  The seed heads look good frosted even it the seeds have been taken.  I only cut mine down in autumn if a strong gale blows them over.  Otherwise, I tidy up at the start of spring.

dogwoods

Posted: 08/07/2014 at 11:06

If it's Midwinter Fire it can be spindly but the stems do thicken with age.  However the object is always to have fresh new stems each year in order to get the flame effect of the bare, coloured stems in winter.

Mine have lovely bright green foliage tinged with red all summer and it turns golden in autumn.

 

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