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Does this exist ??

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 22:23

Soil type maps are fascinating but remember that you can get variations in small areas, especially if a gardener before you has spent years improving the soil. It's quite difficult to make alkaline soil acidic in the long term but relatively easy to make a slightly acidic soil sweeter. If you want to grow plants with a very specific requirement, it is worth testing.

still no flowers on my Viburnum

Posted: 15/01/2018 at 22:13

Well, most viburnum are pretty rampant flowerers and are not fussy about soil. However, you name three well known lime haters doing very well. I wonder if your soil is extremely acidic. I grow several viburnum on alkaline clay and there's no stopping them. Is it growing vigorously but not flowering or just failing to thrive generally?

Pet or 'perfect' garden?

Posted: 14/01/2018 at 17:34

I would like a perfect garden. I'd like a clean house, too. But my pets have been my best friends all my life; it is never lonely when they are around; there is always a reason to get up and start the day and a dog gets you out and about. I like to have someone to care for and to be glad I'm around. Heaven knows, the animals are a lot easier to please than the kids!


Posted: 14/01/2018 at 12:06

Mine flowered after about three years, in a modest way. I don't think you will be able to buy corms because they don't like being dug up. When you grow them from seed you can minimise the disturbance but even then you have to take great care.

Dierama / what to do next

Posted: 14/01/2018 at 12:02

They are strangely fussy plants. I am a bit worried about them being in a bathroom, which is so often dark and damp and may have huge swings in temperature. I started mine in pots in spring and put them outdoors for the summer, bringing them in to a frost free greenhouse for winter. I didn't plant them out until they were two because they look like bits of grass and I feared I might weed them out in a senior moment. They have grown into large clumps and self seed as well. They HATE any disturbance, even as seedlings.

My neighbour over the hedge admired them and asked for some. I gave her some seeds, seedlings and eventually, even some young plants in pots, but not one survived. They were only a few yards from the clumps in my garden. She was a better gardener than I am, too....

Eucryphia x nymansensis 'Nymansay'

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 22:37

I'm afraid it's not for me: alkaline clay, waterlogged in winter and cold salty winds straight off the sea. Only the toughest of the tough survive in my garden!

Help with overwintering plants! URGENT.

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 22:29

Philippa is right - you are starting at the wrong end. You need to do some research about local conditions and the plants that grow well where you are. These will be easy to buy and maintain. They may well be seasonal because most places have seasons.

If you want to grow plants that require different conditions then you should work out how to provide these BEFORE buying the plants. They will not survive inside your house for long unless you can give them the correct amount of light, warmth and humidity. A greenhouse can be heated with electric heaters but you can buy oil or paraffin heaters if there is no power.

Growing plants is a great hobby but you will waste an awful lot of money if you don't understand the plants' needs. They won't thrive just because you want them to and you have paid for them! Learn, plan and work out the basics, start small and develop as you learn.

English language

Posted: 11/01/2018 at 17:27

English is a fantastic language! It has a much larger vocabulary than many other languages and is rich in metaphor and simile. It is possible to express a wide and nuanced range of ideas, experiences and feelings, while the 'refined' and vernacular both contribute to enrich eachother. I love it!

Geranium maderense alba

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 23:05

I have grown them here on the Isle of Wight. I started them off in an unheated greenhouse and they were easy. However, my soil is very heavy so I wasn't always able to get them through to maturity. They tolerate dry conditions and grow and self seed in a big scree bed in the local botanic garden.

Honey Fungus

Posted: 10/01/2018 at 22:44

And, although it is a problem, don't panic. My garden has honey fungus and thriving trees and shrubs. We have lost some aging ones, it's true, but it hasn't been the disaster I feared.

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