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Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:43

You don't say how old it is or whether you have moved or re-potted it recently.  I have found that agapanthus usually sulk for a year or two if you disturb the roots or if its a partularly young plant.  Living in Cornwall I tend not to bring them in over winter.  The foliage does die back but the flowers were fab this summer.

Strawberry bed

Posted: 25/10/2013 at 09:40

Hi Ivyhouse, I agree with No Expert in that you should start a new bed somewhere else.  If you dig up your current bed, save some runners and plant in the new bed.  I now have two very large beds.  The first was planted with bought bare rooted runners and the second was populated by the offspring of the first lot. 

First bed had its second summer this year and managed to produced at least 3-4lbs of fruit every other day.  Second bed is only in its first year this year - am expecting great things (weather dependant) next year.

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 14:24

Ha ha!  I worked in an County Architects office (designed by the Chief architect himself) with solar blinds that shut when the sun came out and opened when the sun went in - the windows were floor to ceiling about 20 foot high, so were needed.  However on days where there was patchy cloud, the darn things were up and down like yo-yos (and noisy!).

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 12:50

Wow - It looks and sounds amazing!  I would LOVE something like this.  However, I anticipate a slightly smaller potting shed, so may need to create a bijou version.  Thanks for responding

Talkback: Seeds - how to collect allium seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 11:24

Thanks Bergill - Oops - have put in trays - may see if I can move into pots as they havent germinated yet.  Will also put them outside rather than pamper them in my conservatory!

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 11:21

Thanks Fleurisa, We did by a radio to take to the allotment (we have a remote plot, no near plots, so no chance of disturbing others), you are right, we have never used it.  So nice to hear the birds.  Our plot is also near a country house who occassionally hold summer music events so on these occasions we go to water and harvest and take the time to sit and listen with flask of tea (or stronger!) to the concert, without paying for a ticket (weather permitting of course)!

Dream Potting Shed

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:45

After sharing a cramped and messy shed with the hubby (which includes bikes, paint, his junk etc) there is a possibility of his and hers sheds. Well, mine is going to be a potting shed (complete with opening windows etc).

Not having had the luxury of a shed before, I have always sown, germinated and repotted etc either in the garden (in good weather) or in the conservatory (which is messy and takes up too much room with seed trays etc). 

I have a vision of a tranquil space with a radio, where I can spend many an hour just 'pottering'.

I'm planning to include the usual items such as a potting bench, shelving, hooks for tools etc, but what would you consider to be the essentials for a well-equipped shed?

Serious (or humorous) responses welcomed!

A few of my dahlias thhis year

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:38

Hi Clueless

Double refers to the fact that the flowers have a 'double layer' of petals which mean that bees and other insects cannot get to any pollen in the centre of the flower.  I have planted my first dahlia this year, a single (Twinings after dark I think its called).  lovely single creamy yellow flower and amazing, almost black foliage.

Talkback: Seeds - how to collect allium seeds

Posted: 06/09/2013 at 10:34

Sowed my allium seeds about 2 weeks ago - any idea how long they take to germinate?

Plants for a hot, sunny conservatory

Posted: 04/07/2013 at 13:44

Thanks Sunnydayz, thats another I have been thinking about.


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