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Monty don new series

Posted: 24/10/2014 at 10:49

I agree Gardenmaiden, hope its not a one-off.  Would be also good to see a re-visit to the gardens a year or so later to see if they have made any changes, if so, why, what worked, what didnt, have they become keener gardeners, have they 'let things go'.

Monty don new series

Posted: 22/10/2014 at 16:27

I am enjoying the series.  However, I dont feel it was very well advertised in advance, I only happened across it in a paper on Monday.

There are bits I prefer more than others.  I like the fact that its filmed over a year, that the new gardeners will make mistakes (cue me shouting at the telly), that Monty does give his honest opinion, that people use the creation of their gardens for many reasons (therapy, healing, mother in law!) and the fact that he also recognises that as long as the owners love their garden, thats the main thing.

Yes, gardens can be expensive and often many of us will build and improve our gardens as and when time and budget allow.  We cadge plants from friends and family and usually 'find a space for it'.  Gardens are continually evolving and are not static - that's they joy of them.  If one thing fails, why did it fail?  Do I try again or try something different?

I'll certainly be watching the rest of the programmes.

Orchid problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 13:15

Thanks Trehugger - some of mine are incredibly pot bound and almost pushing themselves out of their pots (plus one has split the pot).  I will wait until they finish and then repot.  I have the orchid bark/compost ready and waiting!

Orchid problems

Posted: 14/10/2014 at 08:03

I dont profess to be an expert in orchids by any stretch of the imagination,  I think I have just happened across situations which these orchids prefer light, warmth and care-wise.

I water mine once per week when they are flowering (which is most of the year), along with an orchid feed.  If not flowering, once every two weeks or so without feed.

I stand them in a tray of water for a couple of hours, take them out and leave them to drain before putting them back in pots.  I do occasionally use the orchid leaf spray but thats mainly to clean off any dust.

Once question I do have, if anyone can answer, when can I repot them into bigger pots?  Can I do it whilst they are actively flowering/sending up flower spikes?

MBodd, the roots should look plump and green, some may look dry and brown (in which case cut any of these off that you can get to), but they shoudnt look soft and brown - any ideas anyone?


Alliums companion planting

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:22

I underplanted mine with perennial geraniums in pinks and whites to compliment the purple/mauve alliums which spread as the season went on.

Orchid problems

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:18

Hi MBodd - I have 10 orchids at home.  I have always found that when I trim the stalk once its flowered that it never reflowers from that stalk - mine too die back.  So now I just cut the stalk down once all the flowers have dropped off and give it a feed and water as usual.  Within a couple of weeks a new flower spike starts to grow.  Often the leaves go floppy too - not sure why, however they do keep putting out flower spikes and new leaves so they can't be unhappy! 

At the moment, I have 3 in full flower, 4 with flower spikes and 3 resting!

What do you do with soil from plant pots?

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 16:09

I agree, used/depleted compost on the garden (after checking for nasties).

Dahlia - still flowering

Posted: 13/10/2014 at 15:59

My dahia (Twinings after eight or similarly named) went in very late this year and has only just started flowering.  Living in Cornwall I think I will just cut it down and mulch heavily over winter.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 08/10/2014 at 09:32

They look great.  Also love the colour of the pelargonium too.  I love creating and getting plants for free (or reduced) - can't beat it!

My front garden is south facing and gets so hot and dry in the summer.  I've spent this summer repotting sempervivums and succulents into different sized old teracotta pots, topped with gold/cream coloured gravel, ready to make a really nice tiered display under my lounge window next summer (along with the aeoniums) - hope I have enough room to keep them in my potting shed this winter - although they do okay in a sheltered corner of the garden.

Aeonium Zwartkop

Posted: 07/10/2014 at 15:51

Thanks - They were looking a bit floppy when I put them back in but hopefully the rain has perked them up a bit - its been too horrible in the evenings to get out into the garden to have a look after work (and still pitch dark when I leave for work).  They should be fine, they're fairly robust I think.

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