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Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:59

Starting to look lovely. But definately needs a dig out and sort out this autumn.   I have a rose there too (David Austin - Princess Anne) which is just coming into flower.  Smells amazing and a fantastic colour.  Cut a bud that is just coming into flower and have it on my desk at work

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:47

Thanks Verdun - Will keep that in mind.  Mine is protected by being planted in the corner of a front garden plot protected on two sides by a wall approx 1m high.  The two walls protect it from the direction of the sea wind.  Its surrounded by japanese anenomes, a lovely hebe and a euphorbia

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 20/05/2014 at 08:00

In the first year I had problems with the stalks being broken off by the wind but over the last couple of years it seems to have got more robust.  Neighbourhood cats like to use the mound at the base as a sun lounger as its protected by a low front wall.

Stipa Gigantia?

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:14

I also have a Stipia in Cornwall! I always comb the dead foliage out but never cut down.  The stalks with the seedheads on have shot up in the last week or so. 

Under-gardener Award

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:09

Hubby gained major brownie points by boarding out my new potting shed in the heat at the weekend (complete with colourful language!).  All ready for me to paint in a very impractical soft pale blue colour.  Greenhouse staging on order.  Cant wait to 'move in' (not literally, or maybe....!).


Ideas for large pot please

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:30

Hi Hartleyhare

Do you want a shrub or permanent plant or would you consider changing the pot on a seasonal basis (avoiding said deceased pets!).  Perhaps something like clary sage which you can use as a herb, gets quite big and the bees love, fennel for the flowers etc?  Perhaps a nice lavender or rosemary? I live on the North Coast of Cornwall and have found that all of the above are fairly robust in strong, salty winds and sea fog!

Sweet Peas

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:23

Have mine! they seem to have stopped in their tracks!

Can I grow beetroot in a container

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:21

Yes Lavender you can, however if you want them to grow to full size rather than eating as baby beets you will need lots of pots for a half decent harvest.  Dont forget you can also eat the young leaves - I blanch mine like spinach before eating.

Veg patch set-up

Posted: 16/05/2014 at 14:18

I took over my allotment about this time of year a few years ago and the first year I just grew quick crops from seed such as lettuce, radish, munchen bier (like a radish but you each the seedpods, not the roots), peas sown for their shoots and herbs such as basil, corriander.

If you buy small plants in from the garden centre you could have beans (runner/french), sweecorn, leeks.

Good luck with your plans!

When to plant out dahlias

Posted: 15/05/2014 at 15:38

I have sown dahlia seed this year - Bishop's Children - and germination has been really successful.  I have kept space on my allotment for a cut flower bed this year (for dahlias, cosmos and the small/patio sunflowers (yellow and red variaties).

Have been hardening them off outside during the day for the past week or so and will start to leave them out at night after the weekend (weather permitting) - complete with defences against slugs and snails and hope to plant middle of next week.

PS - I live in Cornwall, so fairly mild

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