Sara 4

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Posted: 05/10/2013 at 22:26

Sometimes, as waterbutts says, Clematis is very surprising - even if you're almost sure it's dead, don't pull it up - I have been amazed by new spring shoots from 'dead' ones before.  I'd cut it right back later in the autumn and leave the roots where they are - either it'll come up in spring or you'll have forgotten it's there anyway!  ~(or is that just me?)

Complete novice getting started

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 22:22

Paddy, I've found this site useful for veg growing -

It doesn't assume that you have a huge amount of knowledge to start with, and recommends useful things like what and how you can plant now to eat on Christmas day ...

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 22:16

I've been very pleased with Monarda - mine is about 2'6" tall and insects (espec bees) love it.  You can get shorter ones and lots of different colours.  I've ranted on somewhere else about how lovely cobaea is - only just flowering now, but lovely climbing pretty leaves all year and interesting papery buds pre-flowers.  Pleased with echinacea - I love my new green one, but have a mixture of colours; also cornflowers, scabious etc which all mix and match beautifully.  Also I have a traditional streak - you can always rely on a lupin!

Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 17:16

Thank you Rosie - I had a feeling they came from tubers - they are the big ornamental ones, not the little bedding ones.  I shall follow your advice and in the unlikely event that they don't die back I'll leave them to it .....

Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 12:00

Gosh, I thought everybody would turn their noses up, tut and say isn't it obvious??  Glad to see I've tapped a vein of confusion here - I am not alone!  I am rubbish at taking cuttings so far (except fuchsia actually) but have never tried geraniums and have absolutely no idea about begonias. I think I'll bung the lot in the sun room and fall over them all winter to find out what happens!

Clueless I would jump on the next council gardener I see and ask him for some, although I would probably have pinched a cutting on my way past anyway.  Lots of council bedding plants go straight to compost and your rates do go towards the upkeep of public areas!  I suppose if everybody did it there wouldn't be any left in the beds but if they're in process of digging them up anyway ....

Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 00:33

I have been given a lot of plants in pots by a friend who is moving abroad; they are what I always think of as 'normal' geraniums - red or white heads in pom pom format rather than cranesbills;  and of course I don't know if these are called pelargonia really.

Also several begonia - not the bedding sort, but the ones with really bright flowers that look almost artificial.  If I move them into my sun room (so called, not exactly a hot house at this time of year) and/or greenhouse can I leave them in their pots as full plants, or should I cut them right back?  Or is the reason that people take cuttings of them every year because they don't overwinter at all?

Fuchsia also - I have some hardy ones that live in the garden all the time, but I don't know what these potted ones are, and have no idea how to treat them as it gets colder.

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Rubyyyy

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 01:14

If they're fairly traditional in garden taste, how about Camellia x williamsii 'Ruby Wedding' ?


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 01:07

Moonlit Hare, you will now have them forever.  Dannyson, the caterpillars decimated them, but left everything else completely alone in my garden and the nasturtiums popped up again about half an hour later.  You can pickle the seeds as poor man's capers too - if you leave all the seeds on the plants you will have nasturtiums absolutely everywhere!


Posted: 04/10/2013 at 00:55

Sorry for big delay in replying, something of a computer glitsch.  I shall try growing them from seed myself, and as a more reliable source of healthy plants ask my Mum to do some more!  Pam, I'm in Devon and although the papery buds were there for ages they only opened in the last two weeks - lovely greenish white before becoming purple, and I seem to have some more buds coming now.  Having said that it is raining SO much at the moment that they might not bother!


Posted: 01/10/2013 at 23:49

My Mum grew me some Cobaea seedlings this year, and although I planted them in silly places (I didn't know how big they would get and how lovely they are) they looked fabulous.  According to rumour, they can last through a mild winter and I was wondering if anyone has known this to occur?  If so, do they then grow from additional shoots at the base, or does the old growth make it through winter and send out side shoots? 

Discussions started by Sara 4

Nasty spiny weed (probably)

What is it? 
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Winter tree wash

trying to prevent woolly aphids 
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So exciting!

First day of filled pond, and ....! 
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Overwintering Geraniums ... (or pelargonium) and begonia

Will they survive inside in pots? (Oh, and fuchsia, too) 
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Has anyone overwintered it? 
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Are your comments updating?

Is the site playing up? 
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Last Post: 26/09/2013 at 21:17

Finish the pond now or in the spring?

Need some advice please ... 
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Ants on rose - why?

No aphids, but millions of ants 
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Weed I assume

Anyone know what it is? 
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My muse has deserted me ...

Looking for ideas 
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Will seeds grow? 
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I'm sure they aren't usually this big! 
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What is this?

Cos I don't know how big it might get ... 
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This rose doesn't seem quite right ...

What do you think? 
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Soil testing kit

Do the prong ones work? 
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