Rosie31


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Cannas

Posted: 04/11/2016 at 07:59

I have lots of these in the gaarden.  I'm in the south but on heavy rich clay.  Some years I leave them in the soil and most survive, but some rot away.  So most years I lift them, put them in pots of leaf mould or compost, and keep them frost free, cool and quite dry until they shoot in spring.


if yours are in pots already I would just bring them into a frostfree greenhouse and leave them alone. 


I do think they are hungry plants. When I plant them out in spring I always add a good handful of food.  So perhaps in spring you should give them some feed to encourage more flowers?

Seed and Plant swap 2016

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 19:09

I've no seeds but I have a lot of big canna tubers that have outgrown their space - they are Russian Red and Durban - would anybody like some?  (I can post if you can cover costs of postage;  or collect from me in south Wales, half an hour from Bristol)

Cannas and dahlias going free

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 08:18

When I lift my plants for winter I'm going to have a load of canna (russian red and durban) that I no longer have room for.  Also probably some dahlias.  I live in south wales, about half an hour from Bristol.   Would anyone like some?

Razor Hoe

Posted: 18/04/2016 at 21:51

I have one of these, it is the BEST present for the garden I've ever been given!  I use it every single time I'm out there.

Willow Tree? - Anyone know which ?

Posted: 08/04/2016 at 16:32

Yes, I'd say salix caprea (goat willow).  I think it is the one that most people call "pussy willow" because of its soft grey catkins.  You can snip a few twigs off and put them in a vase with daffodils for classic spring decoration!

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 18:38

Thank you everyone, great suggestions there....I'll get into my seed catalogues tomorrow!

Direct sowing in clay soil - what flowers?

Posted: 30/03/2016 at 10:08

Hello all

I want to try filling in the gaps in my "cottage garden" look bed with direct sown annuals.  These have always failed for me in the past, not sure why.  Possibly because I have very heavy clay;  possibly because the other (perennial) plants in the bed are competing too much with them.  Or maybe I'm just neglectful...

This year I want to try again, waiting til later for sowing (I'm told May is sensible).  What would people recommend as bomb-proof, colourful flowers?  The general colour scheme is blues and pinks - but I'm happy to mix it up with yellows / oranges.  The bed contains geraniums, japanese anemones, pinks, penstemon, nepeta, asters, verbena bonariensis, alchemilla mollis and various other things - a bit of a hotchpotch but quite pretty.

All suggestions welcome!

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 18:03

Now you've got me daydreaming about sloe gin.

Have you tried sloe vodka?  It's even better...

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 17/03/2016 at 10:01

That's the same as us, Brenda!  I pass the blackthorn at the top of the garden just once most days (taking dog for early morning walk) but I confess I'm usually too absorbed in other things, or still too asleep(!), to take much notice.  This year I shall be on a sloe-watch mission, ready to rejoice at the first sign of berries....

(I'm in south Wales now, but was brought up in Aberdeen and we always went sloe-picking... I seem to remember fantastic harvests and then vast quantities of brilliant sloe gin...)

 

Why doesn't my blackthorn produce sloes?

Posted: 08/03/2016 at 10:28

Interesting.... we have a blackthorn at the top of our garden that has never produced a single sloe (although it has blossom).  There are others in the hedgerows around us that are productive, and we also have lots of wild damson (sloe / plum cross?) bushes that are laden with fruit every year.   I have never understood why our lone blackthorn won't berry up.

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