oh thank you! I'll be ordering when I get home. Yes they obviously like the sun, very happy in 29 degrees at the moment! Brilliant, thanks
Does anyone know what the bluey-lilac plants are? It's all over the hotel grounds with gaura herein Kos and I love it! Can anyone tell me its name - I want some! Thank you
Hmm point well made Fairygirl, but I want to persist especially with some of the veg I grow, so I'll be covering them with anything I can get my hands on! I've had to throw in the towel with delphiniums & lupins - so many (expensive) failures. I do have quite a hefty supply of coffee grounds from the friendly folk in the staff coffee bar at work so I'll see how that goes! Thanks for your help - I'm braced for the season!
Great advice, thanks Dove. Mine are quite young plants, I put them in last May time so they aren't much more than 8-10 ins anyway but will apply the principle you describe & definitely take cuttings too, good idea!
So Dove, ok to cut back now? I have some clumps of purple sage which are looking a bit straggly/sad after winter - do you go hard back to the ground with yours?
morning all - what is the collective expert wisdom on using coffee grounds around veg/flower plants to deter slugs? Are there any plants which would not like coffee grounds near them? I'm determined to wage outright war on the little blighters this year - no all inclusive holidays in my greenhouse or on the veg plot/flower garden! Thanks for any wisdom you can impart.
I put mine in plastic pots with the bottoms cut off and a small slit in the side into the border, so they could experience the root constraint they seem to like while they got used to the open soil. All 9 doing well so far after 2 years!
Great! Thanks all - I always feel weird about cutting back all that lush new growth but I will do as you say. How far should I go down, do you think? I usually do about 4 or 5 stems per pot for my cuttings and then they usually get planted as 'one plant' - is that wrong?
I took loads of cuttings from my verbena bonanseris plants over the summer (I find this a much easier way to propogate than sowing seed). They've been romping away and some of the 15cm pots they are in have roots coming through the base. The tallest cuttings are now about a foot high. Is it OK to transplant them out to the border now, to over-winter in situ, or are they best kept in the cold frame/unheated GH over winter for a spring planting? Thanks for any advice you can give.
I like them because my mum did - so while they may not have been my plant of choice, seeing them dotted around my veggie garden (self-situated!) makes me smile and think of mum. I remember a few years ago her trying to explain she liked 'pot margiolds' when I thought she meant the French and African ones, which I had been growing for her. I finally got it right but too late for her to see - I reckon she's had a hand in spreading them all over the veg plot now though! I use the petals in salads sometimes - quite pretty.