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Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 22:40

Joslow we have had this debate 3 times in the last few weeks, with 1 or2 people continually having a dig at him. It clear that they [ you? ] do not like him and have spouted about Montys lack of gardening credentials. Todays storm in tcup was actually Monty saying there is no need to rush to get your seeds in. Sounds sensible to me.

If you dont like him dont watch, if you do then fine

Monty Don

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 16:51

ENOUGH! We seem to be having this pointless debate about whether we love Monty or hate him. I find it reaasuring that he has not been got at by the industry and does not recommend stuff from particular places. The advice he gives is his, if you dont like him dont watch him, if you dont agree with him seek advice from elsewhere.

About to snuff it?

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 12:24

I have a number of sed raise dwarf Eucalyptus gunii and have noticed that most of them have developed purple blotches on the leaves. I am afraid my medical skills are not up to the job, can anyone help with a diagnosis and treatment plan?

purple loosestrife and ragged robin

Posted: 12/04/2013 at 08:37

Both the plants mentioned need reliably moist soil, they will even grow as marginals. As Nutcutlet suggests maybe your heavy clay dries out in summer.

question about lobelia (the tall variety) and rudbeckia

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 23:00

Perennial lobelias are not fully hardy and some people suggest digging them up and over wintering in a cool greenhouse.

If the Rudbeckias wre a perennial variety it should start sprouting soon.

an experiment

Posted: 11/04/2013 at 11:34

I know that annual cornflowers are easy to grow, but as an experiment a few weeks ago I sowed half the seeds into normal MPC and half into a 50/50 mix with perite. The seeds have been in a cold greenhouse since. Today I removed some seedlings to give the others room to grow and it was very obvious that the ones grown in the perlite mix had a much better root system.

Red Hot Pokers What do I do next

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 17:07

Sometime they remain evergreen. If not remove leaves when dead.

Something better change [ and it has ]

Posted: 10/04/2013 at 15:37

Just in from  a great day in the garden. Not the usual seven layers on, in fact almost balmy.

Have been dividing perennials. I love the idea that you are getting lots of plants for free and you know they will do well because they have already done it for you before.

Also managed to plant some stuff that had over wintered in the greenhouse. This is a huge relief as it has never been so full at this time of year and the OH will kill me if I dont move some seedlings out of the house.

Seen first bee of the year and a robin has been following me round all day.

All in all magic. Hope you have had a good one too.


Posted: 10/04/2013 at 08:13

I am afraid there are no simple rules of thumb to use, you just have to look at each plant individually. You will need to look at a good refence book. Sorry.

All you experts I need help - germination techniques

Posted: 09/04/2013 at 17:24

Interestingly I have just come in from my unheated greenhouse where the Verbena Rigida seeds I sowed in the winter have just germinated.

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