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Best flavour cherry tomatoes ?

Posted: Yesterday at 20:55

If you're prepared to take a take a more scientific approach then feeding every day will work wonders if done properly. Little and often etc..

I like to be fed more than once a week 

Cottage garden borders and floppy perennials

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 21:51


 You mean the stuff I've just pulled out on the right!! 

pic was abt 7-8 yrs ago


My Little Carlow isn't so little either at abt 5' - had to stake that and some of the phlox

Thanks for your replies and help

Cottage garden borders and floppy perennials

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 19:15

Lovely pics NL2 - esp the first - that's the effect I'm after but most of my borders are 6-8' wide, but I've 2 down the garden abt 12ft wide, I just need to get balance between the 7' stuff and the 12" stuff  - I've got a big gap in the middle 

Thanks for the inspiration!


Posted: 20/07/2014 at 18:20

mine do the same and have done for yrs - doesn't seem to have an adverse effect on either chilli's or bell peppers.
Draught's can cause tomato leaves to turn, maybe it's the same, but I don't know.

Be interested to know why

Cottage garden borders and floppy perennials

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 18:00

Thanks nut and chicky - certainly does help. Some nice ideas there, I'll do some looking up and see which will fit best. The Helianthus lemon queen looks lovely.
I'm doing well dividing what I have and taking cuttings, so each year individual plants are becoming clumps.
I think the rose blanc double de coubert would fit well and work well with all the blues/purple's I current'y have. Used to have one yrs ago - beautiful flowers and fantastic scent. Maybe a group 3 clematis to grow throught it for flowers later in the season too


Cottage garden borders and floppy perennials

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 16:24

I've removed a number of overgrown and not very attractive shrubs from some of my garden and want to have some cottage-garden type borders.
So over the last couple of yrs I've been planting perennials interspersed with annuals.
I seem to have to stake just about all perennials over about 18" as they tend to flop if not staked and the taller they are the more staking required or the more they flop.
I imagine that a good cottage-style border has perennials/annuals that support each other from generally low growing plants at the front to hollyhocks and the like at the back.
Are any of you kind and knowledgeable folk out there able to suggest perennials that can hold their own?

Garden faces south - good generally well-drained topsoil on top of clay

e.g. my Baby Joe Pie weed is just coming into flower at abt 4' and is completely upright and lends support to other plants, so more like that would be good.
Lollipop Verbena is usually good but mine has reached 7' this year and thanks to the rough weather atm is laying everywhere too!

Alkanet seedling identification.

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 14:09

So very true!

and just as well too

Alkanet seedling identification.

Posted: 20/07/2014 at 13:58

Alkanet is considered an unwanted weed round here.

they pop up everywhere and it's hard to distinguish between them and foxgloves by look, but foxgloves have a soft underside to the leaves whereas alkanet leaves are rough.

Pretty little blue flowers, but the mass of coarse, hairy foliage smothers everything around. They appear year after year and grow very quickly, so a constant battle to try and get rid of them.


Raspberries from seed

Posted: 19/07/2014 at 20:43

As a kid (many years ago) I did grow strawberry plants from seed.

As best memory serves, it took so long for anything to happen I threw them on the compost.

As pansy suggests above, if you know anyone that grows them I'm sure they'd give you a few runners.

If you have a look here there's some info on growing from seed


Can anyone identify this bush for me?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 18:02

Many yrs ago I bought back a small bottle of Eau de vie de baies de houx (Holly berry eau de vie). 

Let's just say it's an acquired taste 

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