philippa smith2

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Iris before Anenome or vice versa?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 19:01

Does rather depend on your garden, it's layout and your viewing point.  Large plants don't always have to be " at the back"

Spring is finally here!

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 18:55

Primrose and Ajuga reptans flowering now as are some Foxglove and the odd Muscari - look quite odd along with the Sedum spactabile 

At least the Cyclamen know what they are doing and flowering away happily.

Cobnuts are in season. How to use them?

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 18:12

I usually pick them and eat them

Failing that, broken up and sprinkled over your breakfast cereal, chopped in salads, a good addition to stuffing for a chicken, mixed with other nuts and plump raisins as a snack.  Their use is endless really if you like nuts.

Spray-painted plants

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 18:06

Ooh - I've got to stick up for the Ornamental Cabbage - or at least those that they used to sell years ago.  They were quite natural - as far as I know , getting their colour with the cold weather.  

Quite right about the rest of them tho - in particular the OP's pics.  The tie dyed plants, the explanation, ......what on earth is that about ?  You have a week of coloured leaves and then they revert to green - completely ruins your colour co-ordination with the wallpaper, rug or WHY.  It'd be funny if it wasn't so gross 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 14/09/2016 at 17:43

Sorry aym - I quoted imperial measurements. The "Constance Elliot" therefore provided decent shade in a G/H roughly 10 x 3 meters.  It was grown in the ground rather than a pot which does tend to make a difference.

I'd imagine an edulis would eventually give a similar cover - the only thing with that is pruning to get the fruit and thereby reducing your shade.  A bit of a suck it and see scenario - but then that's gardening isn't it ? 

Are carnations an annual?

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 19:06

Carnations and Pinks are perennial plants.  Neither will flower over the winter period.  Both can be fairly short lived and it's a good idea to take cuttings every year to replace "tired" plants.

Carnations are normally grown for "cut" flowers - i.e. you would attempt to have just one or 2 flowers per stem - taller than Pinks,  these are the ones you buy in the shop to pop in a vase at home.

Pinks are naturally lower growing and the ones you would grow in your garden - you can use them as cut flowers but the flowers are generally smaller than those of the carnation.

Banana plant not thriving?

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:15

Bananas are vigorous growers - it could be that it is too restricted in a pot.  They tend to throw up new shoots every year to replace the old ones.  Must admit I've ever only grown them in the ground 

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:11

aym - depends on the size of your lean to .  My G/H is 10 x 8 and the vine didn't provide sufficient shading for me but it is only in a smallish tub. 

I was a bit peeved initially because that really was why I put it in there and I suppose had I pinched back, it may have done the job.  However, once the flowers appeared and I started pollinating them, I couldn't resist seeing what would happen.

Not an edible variety but P. Constance Elliot used to grow well and shade a previous G/H which measured 30 x 10 if that's any help.

Passiflora edulis

Posted: 13/09/2016 at 18:01

Rainbowfish - that's exactly what I had thought.  The fruits I bought ( and germinated the seed from) were almost black and "dimpled" and I assumed mine would eventually do the same.

I've been checking in the supermkt and just the other day, they had Passion fruit for sale.  However, they looked exactly like mine - not quite "black" and smooth skins which was what tempted me to try the first one of mine.

I guess it is possible that growing it from seed means that my vine doesn't have all the attributes of the commercial variety.  The only time I noticed "dimpling" on some of mine would have been 6 to 8 weeks ago when the fruit was still green.  Could have been a bit dry as once watered, the dimpling disappeared.

Time yet tho ( if I can keep my mitts off them  ).


Posted: 13/09/2016 at 17:47

At this time of year, you could just lever the whole plant up gently without actually taking it out of the soil and look for runners with roots.  Detach these,drop the parent plant back down, firm in and water.  Pot up the rooted bits and grow on.

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