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Maintenance only anyone?

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 15:07

Much depends on your personal definition of "maintenance" Plant Pauper  Covers a multitude of sins in my book.  I do manage to sit in mine sometimes but always with a tool ( a garden tool that is ) in my hand so I can leap up and do something that has suddenly become blindingly obvious.

I even tried that up at my allotment the other seat so perched on my incinerator........after a couple of minutes, the incinerator legs sunk into the ground on one side.......tipped me off in an undignified heap.  There will be a moral there somewhere I guess

Araujia sericifera

Posted: 04/10/2015 at 10:22

It took me quite a while to find out about the PM's too

If you look at the top of this page, you'll see various headings.......go to SETTINGS (between HELP and FOLLOWED THREADS ).  This will bring up your details.  Scroll down to MY PUBLIC PROFILE and click to open.  Below the box ABOUT ME, you will see an option to receive messages from other forum users.  Tick the little box.  After you have ticked, remember to click on SAVE CHANGES.  You should then be able to send and receive PM's. 

You may also want to check that you are using ADVANCED EDITOR rather than BASIC EDITOR  ( I think that is under FORUM SETTINGS on the same page ) allows you to do a little more on the forum.

I'll try sending you a PM later on today or you could send me one and I'll reply.  That way at least you will know it is working.

Good luck

Seed and plant swap 2015

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 19:02

Hi Charlie......good..........that was quick

African Marigold?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 18:54

No worries Ryan..........if I'd read the title properly, I'd have known which you were talking about

Can't see really keeping it over winter like a house plant..........they like the hot sunny weather.  OTOH, as you have it, you can always see how it goes..........only another 6 or 7 months til Spring............I'll expect to see a photo of it alive and well by then

Araujia sericifera

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 18:43

Hello again Patricia...........I tried to send you a PM with my address but it says you aren't accepting PM,s.  Perhaps you could alter your settings to accept them if you are happy to do that ?  I'll try again tomorrow.

I first grew the Araujia from purchased seed in the late 90's.  Having moved several times since then ( UK, Spain and France ), I still had a plant with me until about 5 years ago. 

I did give seeds to a couple of people who admired the plant but you are the first person I've come across to be actually growing it themselves.  Like you, I found it really loved a south facing wall. 

Otherwise, the only time I can recall seeing it growing was in a field just inland from Peniscola.  A rather poor sparse specimen but surviving nevertheless. 

African Marigold?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 17:02

Sorry made it clear in your title..........Tagetes ...........personally, I don't always have much luck with them.  I rather think they require a little more heat to germinate than the Calendulas.  I'm not sure your self seeder will survive over winter.

African Marigold?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:54

Oops.......are you talking Calendula ( pot marigold ) or the other type (Tagetes ) ?

African Marigold?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:52

Leave it Ryan.............if it is mild for a while, it may flower before the frost gets it.  Some of my calendulas which have self seeded this summer are about to flower now.  Make sure you save some ripe seeds to sow where you want next year.  Or just scatter now.......they will germinate come the Spring

Is my Hibiscus dead ?

Posted: 03/10/2015 at 16:47

Hibiscus will lose their leaves over winter.  If you prepared the planting hole well and watered in, it should survive and leaf up again come Spring.

The sudden loss of all/most of it's leaves could just be due to a change in the conditions.......i.e. from the shop to your garden.


Araujia sericifera

Posted: 02/10/2015 at 18:18

I don't think so Patricia but I suppose you could always let them dry off sufficiently and burn them on a separate little heap ?  I don't recall any problem in surrounding areas when I grew it.

I'm being extremely cheeky but if you have any spare seeds which you are putting on the "Seed Swap" thread, I'll snap your hand off as I'd like to grow it again

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