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Talkback: Gardening makes you happy

Posted: 19/07/2013 at 13:56

I agree.  Gardening is productive (most of the time) and sometimes a challenge (we all need a challenge sometimes), and I agree with ArtWorks that we nurture.  HOwever, I can never just sit and enjoy with a cup of tea (or glass of wine, depending on the time of day).  Just as I get settled, I see some deadheading or a weed that I just HAVE to get up and see to.

Sickly Bay Tree

Posted: 15/07/2013 at 11:00

Hi Dovefromabove

As its pretty large plant and pot, each spring I scrape away as much compost from the top and sides and replace with new, and then give it a good feed early summer.  Could it need repotting do you think?

Sickly Bay Tree

Posted: 12/07/2013 at 09:46

I have sucessfully had a bay tree in a  large pot for a few years.  I ensure that I top dress each spring and give it the occasional feed when required.  Its in a sunny, but sheltered position.

In previous years its had the odd bit of sooty mould and the occasional brown leaf but overall has been really helathy, until now....

I noticed that there are black spots on the leaves of one side of the plant (but its not sooty mould) with a couple of the branches where the leaves have gone brown and curled up completely.  The brown spots seem to be spreading across the plant.

Any ideas?  In this hot weather I have been watering it, but only every couple of days and am carefuly not to overwater as I know that bays dont like that. I am planning to prune the worst affected branches off but reluctant to give it a hatchet job as its just got to a really nice shape

jam maker

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 15:32

I make my own chutneys but not tried jam yet.  Picked 2lb of strawberries at the weekend and a kind friend has offered to make the jam for me (in exchange for some pots of the stuff).  Apparently she makes hers in the microwave - has anyone else tried this?

Designing a Garden Centre from scratch

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 15:27

Maybe a 'member's club' and hold monthly talks about seasonal topics, hints and tips.  That is definately something that I would attend, an expert whose ear I could bend for advice!

Plants for a hot, sunny conservatory

Posted: 01/07/2013 at 15:17

I have a large conservatory with wide windowsills just crying out for plants (once the trays of seeds have been planted out - and squeezed in between my tender plants being overwintered).

Although its North facing, in the summer it gets full sun from about lunchtime until 8pm or so.  We have no shading or blinds so although we open windows and the door, it does get very hot in the full sun.  In the winter its heated and kept at a minimum of approx 14degrees.

Any ideas for foliage rich, colourful, floriforous plants which could survive the full sun without being scorched would be great.  At the moment I have some Christmas cactus (which have been spectacular), a couple of aloes and sempervirums and a cactus.  I also have a carnivorous pitcher plant which loves these conditions.  Previously I have had scented geraniums but do have problems with whitefly and red spider mite.

I was thinking about something colourful like a Hibiscus - does that like full sun?  Any ideas gratefully received - I would prefer plants to be kept on the windowsills rather than larger planters to be kept on the floor (as I have a very old cat who would use anything as a loo rather than go outside in the rain!).


Thank you

Problems with cerinthe seedlings

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 15:02

Thanks Nutcutlet - I do plan to start hardening them off (and repotting if/when they get bigger) - I may start that sooner rather than later!

Problems with cerinthe seedlings

Posted: 13/05/2013 at 14:03

Having carefully collected my cerinthe seeds last year I sowed them a few weeks ago, they germinated really well and are currently in my conservatory.

The true leaves are starting to sprout but the tips of these are turning brown at the end only.  There are also little brown discoloured spots on the seed leaves, a bit like soot, but brown.

The seedlings havent 'collapsed' or curled up their toes, they just dont look very happy at the moment.

I am keeping them on the slightly dry side as didn't want to encourage 'damping off' but I am watering them when required and keeping the conservatory well ventilated.

Any ideas gratefully received....

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Sickly Bay Tree

Not looking good 
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Plants for a hot, sunny conservatory

Inspiration for plants required please 
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Problems with cerinthe seedlings

Something is wrong, can you help? 
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