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living in spain

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:55

Find a good rose nursery in Spain as they will give the best advice and have the plants too.   Look around at your neighbours' gardens and see what they're growing.


Home made Tomato Food

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 18:52

Nettle tea for leafy plants such as spinach, cabbages etc as it has lots of nitrogen.   Comfery tea for fruiting and flowering plants.   I put banana skins under roses when planting them.  Otherwise they go on the compost heap.    Personally, I would let horse manure rot down well and use it to mix with soil at planting time for clematis roses, rhubarb or as a mulch for those plants in autumn.

Plant ID in my aunts garden

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:43

It's a form of persicaria but I don't know which.   A gardening friend gave me some just a couple of weeks ago.   Very neat and small and spreading but not totally hardy in cold wet winters here so she takes hers in. 


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:31

Good.   They wouldn't suit my current garden at all as it is very fertile, has lots of rain and is exposed but I love the idea of them scrambling around a dry, gravelly area and filling it with colour.  

Do i need to cut this?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 11:29

Try it when the compost is dry as that's lighter or just take it outside for an occasional rain shower but don't leave it out in the sun.

Do i need to cut this?

Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:33

I have the variegated form in my living room.  It's 40 years old and 2 metres high.  

It likes a light place but not full sun.  I give it liquid feeds from spring through summer then just water from mid autumn and through winter.  I trim all the little bare brown sticky stems to keep it neat.   Every now and again I take it upstairs and stand it in the shower to freshen up the foliage and when we go on hols I gather all our houseplants in the shower and bath and give them a good rinsing down and soak the compost in the pots thoroughly then leave them all gathered together making a micro climate and come home to very healthy, happy plants.


Posted: 09/05/2015 at 10:23

They need poor, well drained soils and full sun in a sheltered spot.   This may help you -


Camassia changing colour

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:52

A form of reversion?   There are white camassias so maybe pale blue is normal or maybe they're missing some essential mineral to keep them blue.

Clematis Viticella

Posted: 08/05/2015 at 09:18

I meant Caerulea Luxurians.

Hanna may well cope with cold Swedish snowy winters with their blanket of snow for insulation but doesn't do -15C without the snow.   Nor does Mme JC.

What is this shrub I thought was box

Posted: 07/05/2015 at 23:05

It may be sarcocca whose common name is sweet box though it's an entirely different plant.

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