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Low Germination Rates

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:41

I've given up sowing directly as weather, soil temps, charging dogs, indiscrilinate weeding OH and so on are so hit and miss so I sow in trays or modules, prick out and grow on and then plant out.  Works exceptionally well for brassicas as they get a good root system and I've only once had problems with club root on bought plugs.  

I even planted onion sets in modules and they're doing really well and this year I have beetroot and Swiss chard which have failed for the last three years when direct sown. Just need to crack carrots now.

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 18:37

A hosepipe at the front.  Another at the back.  Two water butts and a watering can for the acid lovers.   It's therapeutic going round watering and talking to your plants and lets you check what needs feeding/dead heading etc.

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

Posted: 05/06/2015 at 12:11

Out the font in the sun mostly singular plantings - lilies, acidanthera, agapanthus, mints.     Three roses under-planted with pansies, one mixed herb pot with rosemary, sage, thyme and summer savoury.   The window boxes this year each have 5 chilies in them.   By the front door I have two pots of variegated euonymus, pieris and ivy to be brightened up this afternoon with shocking ping pelargoniums.  Up until recently they had deep red cyclamen which are now in their own pots waiting to go into the border.

Out the back which is north facing but gets plenty of light and full sun from 3pm, about 20 single hostas big and small, pots and troughs of fuchsias, a Japanese maple, a pineapple sage, parsley, white chives and ginger mint and some plants waiting to grow big enough to go in the borders - a young spiraea, a choisya, 4 clems, 3 roses, a golden rain tree and a gunnera.

If I do hanging baskets they tend to be trailing pelargoniums which are forgiving of neglect and easy to deadhead and keep flowering.  Don't like the stickiness of petunias or fussy mixed plantings.  If I had a sheltered garden I'd do frothy flowers but not mixed.

Plant ID

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 21:12

I agree.  It looks like a montana to me.

Making most of new Garden in new Home

Posted: 04/06/2015 at 17:12

You can buy weed and feed lawn products to use in spring and autumn that will help strengthen rhe grass and weaken the weeds.  Do not be tempted to mow too short as the buttercups and daisies will simply shorten their stem lengths and too short a grass blade means they can't feed their roots and thicken up and grow strongly.

I suspect amphibian wildlife will be very pleased to have blanket weed forked out of the rhine and left on the sides as it will clear the water for their use but, as said  above, nitrates from the fields will run off and encourage aquatic and marginal plant life beyond what is normal so you will have a constant task.

Leave the nettles as long as they're on the other side.  Wildlife loves it for nectar and feeding caterpillars and shelter..

Wisteria being choked

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 13:12

Cut what you can and cross your fingers.  

I had a volunteer willow that grew up and around a wire mesh fence on my boundary and coped very well with its extra feature.   We've hacked it down now but it lived several years with wire in its main trunk before we got rid of it so I dare say it would have gone on for years. 

Is it just me?!

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 13:09

If a plant is horrid I don't have a problem getting rid.  If it's ill or damaged I will try and revive it with appropriate pruning and feeding and I have been known to give notice to non performing plants - buck up or out - and they often respond well.

However I do try and find homes for good doers that cope with my garden conditions and especially if they're good for insects like my phaeums which flower early and attract bees.   Can't bring myself to bin excess hostas either and I have rather a lot of those in pots waiting to be found a home along with another plastic sheet full of filipendula which will go out by the pond once I've cleared that bed of weeds and over exhuberant flag iris.   The cows next door enjoy eating those..

Flowers for March

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 12:13

Violas and pansies, anemone blanda, white daffodils, early tulips maybe.   

The daffs and tulips can be sourced in garden centres from August onwards and need to be planted at 3 times their depth in the pots.  You can then plant the violas and pansies over them when they appear in the shops in the autumn.   Keep them sheltered from heavy frosts so the bulbs don't freeze to a mush.

Another alternative would be to plant the bulbs in individual or group pots which you keep in the garage until shoots start to show in late winter/early spring and then bring into the light to grow on.   You can then plant up your larger terracotta pots just before the wedding with the best specimens.

If you're planning small terracotta pots on the tables then I'd stick to using whatever's around at your local nursery or garden centre.  You may be able to pre-order enough plugs of white pansies or violas to pot up a week or two before the wedding and have looking good on the day.   They have cheery little faces and are often perfumed.



plant id please

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 10:52

There is a white version called lysmachia clethroides alba or gooseneck because of the shape of the flower heads.   I love this one.   Not keen on the yellow one as it's a bit brash so I hide that away in difficult corners as ground cover.

Clematis President

Posted: 03/06/2015 at 10:49

Plants in pots need more than rain to keep them looking good and all this wind really strips the moisture out of their foliage and flowers so they need extra watering in pots to replenish that.

It should be fed generously in March with a slow release specialist clematis or rose feed and then given occasional liquid feeds of rose or tomato food up until mid July between regular watering which should continue till leaf drop in the autumn.   In hot spells that means watering every day.

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