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Oriental Poppy

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:14

I took quite a few root cuttings last summer from my 'pattys plum'.  Despite birds pulling out the cuttings a few times and me replacing them, they seem to be doing pretty well.  I plan to plant out after easter.

monty don potting shed

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:11

Got my new potting shed last summer.  So far got the potting bench, shelving and hooks etc sorted for my tools, pots and everything else.  Also had time to paint the inside a soft blue colour (not very practical, but who cares!) and make some bunting to hang up inside (cue much eye-rolling from OH).  My birthday is next week and I have asked for a digital radio for the shed.  Am also keeping an eye out for a funky deckchair too.!

Belfast Sink Ideas

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:08

I use my belfast sinks for either geraniums or, last year I used them to sow peas and used the pea shoots in salads rather than let them grow and also cut and come again salads.

Talkback: How to take aeonium cuttings

Posted: 30/03/2015 at 13:04

I live in North Cornwall and usually bring mine into the conservatory each winter but they often lose their leaves and look pretty scrappy before reviving for the summer.  Got a new (unheated) potting shed last year and decided to put them in there over winter.  Oops, bad move.  They all got frost damaged really badly from a really short stint of frosty weather.  I have brought them back into the conservatory but so far, no signs of life.  I think I have lost the lot for good which is a shame.

Sarracenia Carnivorous Plant

Posted: 25/03/2015 at 08:01

I have moved up a size at a time and cut off the dying leaves as an when. 

Sarracenia Carnivorous Plant

Posted: 17/03/2015 at 07:50

Let me know how you find yours

Cornwall Spring Gardens

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 16:09

Thanks Chrissy - Boconnoc is the in diary every year.  I may persuade the OH to come too.  I am sure they had a bar/beer tent last year. I may tempt him with that (I'll drive of course) and use him to 'babysit' all the plants I buy to save me carrying them around!

Sarracenia Carnivorous Plant

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 15:59

I have a very similar plant.  I have never seen it 'catch' flies but it seems to be doing well with no assistance (I have also repotted it a number of times in past 3-4 years - in the specialist compost).  My plant has flowered a couple of times - a very intruiging lantern type shape shape but unfortunately I had to cut the flower off as it smelled so bad (mouldy cat pee was the closest thing I could describe it as).

I imagine the smell is to help to attract its prey but I'm afraid I couldnt bear to keep the flower on.

GW 2015

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 15:55

I agree with Obilxx' earlier comment about Joe's design segment and his explanation of why things work and giving people the opportunity to explore designs that they may not have thought of - my mum's garden is similar to the one shown on friday (but not as enclosed, complete with low screens to divide the garden (although not as swanky) and she is now thinking of expanding the borders even further and getting rid of her tiny lawn path that remains.



Conservatory Plants

Posted: 16/03/2015 at 07:59

Hi mark499, what plants do you have in there now?  At the moment I have some Christmas cactus, my hibiscus, a couple of carniverous pitcher plants, some succulents I am overwintering and a couple of 'bird of paradise' plants that my mum grew from seed that seem to like it in the conditions they are in at the moment.

Although the conservatory is north facing and can get a bit chilly overnight in winter (we do have underfloor heating), it gets full sun from mid morning until early evening in the summer meaning that it gets incredibly hot, so I have to be selective about what plants I keep in there as they do scorch.


Discussions started by SFord

Kalanchoe Thyrsiflora - poorly!

Oops - Its not looking healthy 
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Woodlice are finding my strawberries tasty! 
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Dream Potting Shed

What would you include? 
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Talkback: Carnivorous plant pot display

I bought a carniverous plant (trumpet pitcher) as an 'experiment' earlier this year and keep it in my conservatory. It obviously loves wher... 
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