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Biennial / Perennial growing from seed

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 21:47

Ooh those Knautia are delicious. They look like Scabiosa to me. That is, the lovely wild lilac ones that are growing in the A500 verges near me! I will look them up

Rose Cutting Successful - now what??

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 21:32

By now you've probably sorted out your rose, but, if you haven't, I would recommend hardening by placing outdoors in the shade during the day, bringing it in and then leaving it out for longer til you decide to leave it out permanently, preferably when it is warm-ish. Then you can plant out. 

Well done by the way!

biennials to plant in situ over the next month?

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 21:27

Wallflowers? Foxgloves?

beautiful and robust!

bbc gardeners' question time ticket

Posted: 16/07/2012 at 14:24

I have a spare ticket for the Tatton Park bbc question time if anyone is going. I can leave it at the gate if you email me where you would like it.


'weeds' at Chelsea

Posted: 02/06/2012 at 00:33

Ah! a rounder viewof gardening! Its certainly good for my soul. I caught the end of bbcs' coverage suggesting rthat the Korean garden was dedicated to all the lost soldiers?.

'weeds' at Chelsea

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 15:26

Thank you! I decided to concentrate on the front. And this year I've put some strawberries and beans in the front garden as I think it will be easier to waterand feed.

I found a free source of manure which I think is easier in Oxford ,compared with London!Itmust be hard to find what you want in a new country? Unless you ARE Belgian.

The Korean garden, did it win best in show? I know it won something. I was surprised at the accolade.The politic context seemed out of place in Chelsea.

But having access to land is a political issue, but not for here, not for me.

So changing the subject...I am giving my non weeds a better chance against the weeds by applying Nemaslug  to kill my slugs and snails.

These wedds have had thousands of years to evolve and I guess the closer to the native the pants are,the easier it will be to grow stuff. 

I am going tolook at your photos now ,Obelix and maybe put some up myself!

'weeds' at Chelsea

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 11:28

Hi Obelix

Yes I again agree with what you say. And in fact I have a similar garden/ approach.Especially the 'tapestry' approach. My front garden is yellow and pink themed with grasses, pink lavender, green red hot pokervarious ground cover such as erigeron karavinskensis and ajuga reptans, anddark and yellow foliage

And I didn't see the 'weedy' gardens! It probably doesn't come across on tv! Mind you I leave my dandelions in places- the bees love them and they survive the wet and cold.

Which brings us back to the weather. It has been a shock coming from thr shelter of a London garden- small, shady with some sun and relatively warm to Oxford Sunny but windy and dry and verging on sand.

So, while I get to know what thrives here- irises, papaver orientale,centaurea macropetala, cosmos, but NOT my heleniums(why?), I'll be very tolerant of weeds1 so then I have something for the wildlife and me!


'weeds' at Chelsea

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 10:52

Well I agree with nearly all of the mail after my last post, but I am not sure about the native plant argument ie don't grow South African plants, for instance. Osteospermums will do well in a dry hot summer. I notice that a rather beautiful orange azalea was really happy and flowering well this year. Presumably native to the foothills of the Himalayas? It liked the wet spring!

And the bumble bees love my yellow nasturtiums! So, I think a variety of plants will give you SOMETHING every year-gazanias and osteospermums in a dry year, and astilbes and ferns and azaleas in a wet year.

Of course if you have a wet garden/climate(Lake District? parts of Scotland ?) maybe you will always favour wet plants. And so on...

Wildlife seems very adaptable. It's loss of habitat which is the primary concern. I read a heart-breaking account of koalas dying during logging in Australia for instance. So, meadow and untouched areas in the garden/fields will favour bees, hedgehogs, larks and so on..

'weeds' at Chelsea

Posted: 01/06/2012 at 00:40

I am quite surprised at the depth of feeling from Lorraine Kelly. Plants which are close to the wild plants, genetically, will hopefully be easier to grow and give me more time for developing  and designing my garden. Last year I was exhausted trying to keep my sweet corn, beans, etc alive in my very dry garden > I really want to garden -smart, and not be traipseing with water buckets, etc. I have no outside tap, just a water butt. My tomatoes were wonderful, tho! To summarise plants/weeds which are easy to grow in my garden get my vote! And campion looks gorgeous.But, its not an 'either or' position. My front garden is packed now with irises, lavender, etc-viz, dry-loving plants.I have also left a lovely thistle, as it is very architectural (!) and finches love them, supposedly.

I am torn as to whether I love my  plants or my birds, hedgehogs and so on more! And I wouldn't mind a mole or two. (better be careful what I wish for,huh?)


Bulbs in pots

Posted: 31/03/2012 at 10:59

Hi there,

Yes, water and feed them until the leaves die down. After that you can separate them and propagate them by dividing them and repotting into new pots. You can leave some in the original pot/arrangement, but they need space to stay healthy and flower well. 

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