philippa smith2

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Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 16:27

PP - I have some of the following........

Elymus magellanicus ( Blue wheat grass ) - a really good blue - tall too.

Carex flagelliferus - seeds and seedlings - bronze - makes a fountain shape.

Another couple too but can't bring names to mind at the mo.

Water Lily ID

Posted: 28/07/2016 at 09:48

GD........there is ( or was ) a large Water Lilly garden/plant centre in Dorset.  Beautiful place to visit.  It could be worth trying to find their web site and see if you can find a match for your lillies.

Sweetpeas grown from seed

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 19:00

It would seem a little late for the Sweet Peas now.......they should be in full flower mode by now.

They do need support but only have tendrils - if you grow them up a trellis, I think you also need to stretch some pea netting - very tightly - for them to get a grip and grow up.

There is a Sweet Pea thread on here.......have a look because it will give you lots of info and advice for growing next year.

Elymus magellanicus - Blue wheat grass ( I think ! )

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 18:02


Greens just won't grow for me!!

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:53

Check your soil too......greens prefer a limey soil rather than acid.

If the Strawberry plants are new this year they may not produce much/any fruit - are they Earlies, Mids or Everbearing ?  A feed may help by the look of them.

Growing garlic

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:47

I'd second Treehugger's advice.........good clean stock for planting out this Autumn/next Spring

Do you know what these are?

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:44

Tinatina......just make sure when you dig up your lone potato, you get every last little one up otherwise you will be admiring those pretty flowers again next year ( and the year after too probably ).  I speak from experience - still got them in the middle of my salad bed after 2 years

Limpy Plants

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:39

As far as I am aware Carnations ( as opposed to Pinks ) are often grown to produce cut flowers as opposed to a display in the garden as such.  They are tall growers and best left to produce one large flower per stem and need staking.

That at least is how they are commercially grown - if you have the space, they are a good bet.  If not, the many various Pinks are probably a better bet.

When plants aren't in flower

Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:22

The RHS  A - Z  Encyclopaedia of Garden Plants is worth it's weight in gold

If you are interested in certain types of plants, there are plenty of specialist books available.  A trip to a decent library may help too.


Posted: 27/07/2016 at 17:15

How nice to have some good news for a Linnets hereabouts so well done you Hortum

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