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things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

Posted: 26/12/2013 at 12:19



Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:51

I read somewhere that you should loosen the roots to stop them growing and push all their energy into ripening the fruit.  I tried cutting mine and hanging them in the garage last year and they all rotted.  There's always green tomato chutney!

Trailing plant for chimney pot.

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 18:48

I have a variegated ivy in mine.  It's hardy, evergreen and there are some really pretty colours and leaf shapes available.  Mine grows so vigorously I have to chop it back every spring.  I don't need to water mine either as it seems to manage without.  It is on gravel though and hasn't been moved for years, so I suspect its roots have gone down into the soil.  I guess you would have to water yours more regularly


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:39

Thanks to everyone who replied.  My honeysuckle has now recovered and is flowering. I have cleared the Alchemilla from the base, fed it and re-mulched, plus the latest downpours have helped no end.


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:37

Thanks for the tips.  It's good to know I'mnot alone in failures this year.  I'll try protecting them with fleece for longer next winter and then netting to keep the birds off - although my cat does a pretty good job with that.  Could be pigeons though -lots of them and they aren't afraid of the cat!

Zoomer44 - I grow Patriot and Blue Gold.


Posted: 02/08/2013 at 18:16

I have 2 different blueberries ( as recommended) planted in large pots.  the last 2 years they have fruited quite well.  they are in ericacious compost and I fed them during the spring to get them going again after the winter.  I pruned out the centre stems to create a bowl shape to let more air into the plants.  But only about 6 berries between them this year.  should I have pruned them harder, if so when?  What should I do to get more fruit next year?


Posted: 23/06/2013 at 11:07

I have a honeysuckly planted against a fence which faces south East so it gets the sun until late morning.  Not sure which variety it is as I lost the label. It is in quite a narrow bed at the edge of the patio.  It's underplanted with ladies mantle and mulched with bark.  Every spring it grows lush and green with lots of flowering shoots, then in early June most of the leaves drop off, leaving me with a very tatty plant.  This year I fed it when this happened with an organic liquid flower food and it is now beginning to recover and flower. 

does anyone have any idea why this should happen?  Is it drying out at a critical point?

Advise please

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 21:08

I grow mine in a raised bed with very good drainage, but my bay and rosemary are in large tubs as both are quite old now.

I grow the following:

Bronze fennel, common mint, chocolate mint (smells and tastes like After eights and is good on icecream), Clary Sage, blue hyssop, several different dwarf lavenders, golden marjoram, variegated sage, welsh onions (like chives but don't go to seed and can be used all year round), bergamot and cat nip for the cats. I also have a germander plant bought from Highgrove (!). Each summer I repeat sow rocket to pick, pulling it out when it bolts. I also grow flat leaved parsley. My thyme refuses to grow in the herb bed and has self seeded at the base of the garage wall in an adjacent bed, where it thrives in very poor dry soil in full sun.

I let all my herbs flower as the bees, hover flies, moths and butterflies love it. They aren't so good for picking then, but I like to see the wildlife.

Just watch out for slugs and snails as they love the rocket! That's the bonus of a raised bed as you can see them easily.  I keep a slug pub topped up with cheap beer, and pop them on the edge so they die happy!

Greenhouse learner

Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:52

Don't forget to plant some french marigolds amongst the toms to ward off white fly and add a couple of sticky strips to make absolutely sure they don't get a hold, easier to prevent than cure.

Basil also works and smells divine when you touch it. But don't forget to cut it back as it starts to grow as it easily flowers, then goes all woody and horrible in the warmth. 

As for flowers, I struck a cutting from a pretty red carnation from a supermarket bunch and have that planted in one corner, so I have some cut flowers right through the summer. When it gets old and woody, I just choose another bunch and strike a new cutting. Just select a strong side shoot from the bunch and root in a small pot or even a jar of water.  They root really easily this time of year.  Most of my flowers go outside during the summer, but the GH is invaluable to plant up tubs and baskets early then keep them warm until they go outdoors when it warms up.

PS I agree with somewhere to stand your mug of tea and space for a radio!


Posted: 30/05/2013 at 20:41

Looks like a hardy geranium  to me

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things that shouldn't be flowering at Christmas!

My untidy garden habits led to this geranium staying in its planter on the garage wall and it's flowering on Christmas day! 
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Why haven't mine fruited this year? 
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why do the leaves keep dropping off in early summer? 
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Brunnera Jack Frost

should I cut it back after flowering? 
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