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Rosemary Clarke

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Help! Astrantia by seed

Posted: 20/09/2013 at 16:54

Thank you nutcutlet. Will do!

Help! Astrantia by seed

Posted: 19/09/2013 at 18:47

Lovely to read all the different experiences!

I have Astrantia, flowering 2nd time now this year, I wondered if the seed would germinate....sometimes it does and sometimes not.....! I will also make attempts to grow in a propagator as well as potting shed.

I bought a heated propergator last winter determined to grow my own seedlings,  The Echium Vipers [all 6] grew well but only 1 plant is flowering @ 12 - 18 " tall, the other s are growing on a bit better since repotting.  I have also sown some grass seeds - panicum purple haze-as it has self-seeded  around the plant. I have potted some of these as well hoping they survive whatever winter we may get!! 

I too have started cutting the perenials down, some are growing back quickly, shall I cut them down again or cover when/if it freezes??


Talkback: How to collect and save seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 07:15

I am saving seed this year encouraged by these blogs. I have also "sown" seed from a `Panicum Purple Haze` as it has baby grasses around it in the garden. Probably just the weather for it this summer. There is nothing to lose by trying!

I really like these Pages!

Talkback: Growing teasels

Posted: 29/08/2013 at 19:57

I love mine too! We have 2 that are 7` tall, the purple has mostly been picked off by bees and the occasional sparrow. I will try scattering the seed as well, as that may be succesful? Depends on the winter I guess? May also try in pots, nothing to lose!

I have Eryngium too, they did not  flower at all last year but have masses of blus flowers thia year.   

Talkback: 10 hostas to grow

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 06:16

I have already commented on MY most efficient slug and snail deterent.

1] crushing snails and when dry place around the pot of hosta and other snail attracting plants.

2]keep a bucket or any container of water near vulnerable plants, collect snails and slugs and drop into water, ensuring they cannot climb out.

3] homeopathic remedy of toasted snail!

Collecting snails and drowning them is the best of all and you should notice a reduction in snails and slugs anyway as they will not be breeding!


Talkback: Hostas, slugs and snails

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 06:37

I have discovered another way, and the best so far, of dis-couraging slugs and snails. Last year I got really exasperated to find new shoots being eaten to the ground overnight, only a few attracted to the slug pellets.
I started throwing the snails [and a very few slugs] into an ajacent plastic box collecting rain water. I noticed quite quickly that the Hosta was growing. So...I continued collecting the snails and drowning them. Assumed other snails were aware of the dead snails and avoided plants in quite a wide area.
I will try to upload a photo of the now large Hosta.
Also researching for a homeopathic remedy I discovered a remedy called Helix Tosta made from toasted snail shell.
I shall try that also!
If anyone would like to try a free sample please email me
for my address and prepare an sae with a large letter stamp.

Talkback: How to grow summer bedding from seed

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 23:38
When should the Cosmos seedling be pinched out? Mine are now quite "leggy" @ 3-4 inches but seem only to have 1 pair of leaves.

Is it the end for pelargonium?

Posted: 15/02/2013 at 07:38

Wait for the warmer weather as well as cutting the stem back, if you have not done that already. Even though I have heat in my potting shed, many of my pelargoniums are bare, due to the intense "damp and continuing".  Feed it/them and maybe spray the stem/s weekly and I am sure it/they will grow leaves. Some of my plants are decades old and still flower and give good cuttings.

Good Luck!

Talkback: Goldcrest encounter

Posted: 11/01/2013 at 05:54

I ussually see Goldcrest every winter but not this year. Someone told me that 1,000s

[maybe millions] of birds perished flying the channel to UK in a major storm baqck in the autumn. They were landing on boats, trawlers, etc, resting and then taking off again.

I am in awe of small birds flying so far anyway, they would certainly not have a chance in really bad weather.

I have not seen the usual wrens either.

The Bird Count will be intresting this winter and not in a good way!

Talkback: Growing gunnera

Posted: 18/11/2012 at 10:43

Help me please? I purchased a much longed-for Gunnera back in the "summer". It is in a large pot lined with thick black polythene to keep it damp. From 3 leaves it now has 7 largish leaves. I am concerned this morning as there is thin ice on the birdbaths and it is under 10C in the potting shed.

I can fold the leaves over the crown but they are not dead [yet?].

I could get someone to lift it into a nearby shed but it is dark in there.

I can fold the leaves over straw, cover with thick bubble wrap?

It is by a pond and fairly sheltered. It has grown on well in 4 - 5 months so hope not to lose it if it gets really cold again.

Look forward to advice. Thanks.

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Talkback: How to grow summer bedding from seed

When should the Cosmos seedling be pinched out? Mine are now quite "leggy" @ 3-4 inches but seem only to have 1 pair of leaves. 
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