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Yellow is the colour.......

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:58

Personally, Not keen on yellow in the garden in the summer as my garden is full of blues, purples, pinks and creams/whites.  However I do have some yellow in spring to brighten the place up in the form of a forsythia, couple of hellebores and soon to emerge aqueligias.  These are usually over by the time the pastel palette kicks in.

My mum has alot of yellow in her garden and it looks fab at this time of year along witht the emerging greens and varigated foliage.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 02/04/2014 at 15:52

Hi Bilje - I have about 10 of these now (having started with only one).  Mine have also been kept inside and have suffered a little, like yours they have got too warm I think! I live in the South West so unlikely to get any severe frosts (fingers crossed) so gave them a good drink and put them out in a sheltered place this weekend.

Dont worry about branching, they will do that of their own accord.  If they branch and get too leggy in the future just take more cuttings.

To do so, cut one of the rosettes off, with a stalk of about 4-6 inches.  leave it out for a few days for the cut end to dry and 'heal over' then push into some gritty compost, water and leave, its as easy as that!

I'm scared!

Posted: 31/03/2014 at 14:55

Dont forget to put some defences in place against pesky slugs and snails (whichever method you prefer), they love newly emerging seedlings - tender and tasty.

Unhealthy rosemary

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:35

Interesting answers as I have the same problem with my rosemary - however mine has been flowering like mad since mid February!

I'm scared!

Posted: 25/03/2014 at 17:26

After your annuals have put on a show this year (and I am sure they will), think about adding some shrubs in the autumn or next spring ready to look amazing next year.  Depending on your soil and position, things such as lavenders, hebe's, grasses etc which will give structure in winter and perennials such as geraniums, oriental poppies and others that will look better year on year.

Don't forget, that even if your garden looks amazing for a couple of years, it will be changing all the time, thats nature.  Things will outgrow their original position, will self-seed, will need dividing.

Good luck!

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 20/03/2014 at 08:03

Artjak - I promise photos when all up and running!


Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 13:06

I keep looking enviously at some pics available online of lovely potting sheds (most of whom seem to be about the size of the ground floor of my house!).  My part will be small but perfectly formed! 

I am going to make 'his' and 'hers' signs for the doors as a tongue in cheek joke!

What are your 'must have' items for a dream potting shed?

Replanting aquilegias

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 10:05

Hi Valderie - I have a very dry and sunny garden too and they don't seem to be disadvantaged at all by not being fussed over!  I do mulch annually though so that may keep them happy!  I certainly dont water unless its weeks and weeks with no rain.

I love the fact that I was given a plant in one colour (a lovely deep purple with a yellow centre) and the seedlings have not come true and are a really wide variety of colours from the palest pink, pale yellow through to a ceris pink/red.

Gorgeous sunny day.. what did you all get up to?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 08:02

So looking forward to it, Artjak.  We have dismantled our old shed.  It was full of hubbys stuff with my gardening tools etc in a corner and I could never find anything.  We have ordered a 'supershed' which is divided into two.  Space for the other half and his bikes etc and my own potting shed, complete with his and hers entrances!  Already requested items such as a radio, deckchair etc for my birthday to go in there.  Hubby also looking foward to a spring and summer with less (I wont say 'none') trays and pots in the conservatory, window sills and any space available in the house!  Looking forward to fitting it out with shelving and storage to my own requirements

plug plants

Posted: 18/03/2014 at 16:05

Thanks 'LL'  - they are in a sheltered spot and living in Cornwall we are fairly lucky with hard frosts (or lack of) - famous last words!

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