Shrinking Violet


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experiences with free offers of plants

Posted: 02/06/2014 at 17:12

I ordered free lilies from a Daily Telegraph offer, and was tempted at the same time to order five dark burgundy ones.  There was a terrible delay in their being sent - didn't arrive until May.  I potted them up - and some are showing good growth.  Whether or not they will flower this year is debateable, given the lateness of planting.

Not the suppliers' fault, but two out of five were chomped by slugs, so only three potential flowers.  And I hadn't realised until after I had planted them that they had sent "Black Charm" rather than "Black Night" (leastways, that's what I think they were meant to be - I can't put my hands on the original order).

The free lilies are showing a bit of growth - but only about half of them are doing anything.  I don't think I'll be seduced by such offers again. And it was T & M who seem to be behind a lot of these "offers"

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 31/05/2014 at 20:19

Supernoodle - I had to think about that for a minute or two - and then realised the unfortunate juxtaposition of my post with the one immediately before it!   

I wish I could lay claim to having planned it as a joke! 

worst gardening old wives tales

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:33

An aunt of mine thought she was the fount of all gardening knowledge.  Helpfully, she would point out the deficiencies of seed packets, insisting that "they" had got it wrong, and that the plants were not as illustrated.  Linum was one such plant, I recall, and I had (painfully) to bite my tongue rather than argue!  btw I suspect she was a witch in her spare time

She also insisted, but insisted, that aquilegias were not Grannies' Bonnets.  She reserved that description for Monkshood,  (More tongue biting here, all the more so since her daughter, my cousin, is following in her (dis)honourable mother's footsteps )

Lilac, especially white lilac, was supposed to be unlucky, and hospital staff would refuse to place it on the wards.  And red and white flower combinations were supposedly a reflection of the purity and blood of the death of Christ.  Funnily enough, that persisted (and may still do, for all I know) in many churches, and you rarely, if ever, see red and white flower arrangements in church. 

Help! What can I do? My crocosmias have been traumatised!

Posted: 30/05/2014 at 19:11

I have always found them to be very robust.  I would sort of comb them through my fingers (if that makes sense) to lift the leaves a bit, and insert twiggy supports in between.  The leaves would then have a chance of being more upright, and the flowers would also have a bit of support. 

Hope that helps!

Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 19:31

Sorry to say, Gareth, but if you don't have fruit setting now, there will be no "late harvest". 

Ah, well - that's the way it goes!  Glut one year, famine the next.  We gardeners just have to go with the flow.

Any apples yet?

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 18:54

Now you come to mention it - a very poor fruit set on my apple tree, too.  And I expected great things, given the absence of frost etc.  I can only assume that the insect pollinators had been adversely affected at the critical time.

Runner beans

Posted: 28/05/2014 at 14:39

Love that idea Lilyanne - I shall steal it next year!

David:  I'm with you on that one:  frozen runner beans are 'orrible!  French beans aren't too bad though.

What I do with mine is to cut them up quite small: runners, French and also diced courgettes (from the inevitable glut).  They are quickly blanched, open frozen and then bagged as a summer veg mix.  I also add some commercially frozen peas and maybe sweetcorn.  Sometimes a few broad beans, too.

In the middle of winter, it's a treat to have a few mixed veg.  They can also be chucked into a veg. soup.  Or defrosted and drained to be added to cheese and veg quiche or potato,cheese & veg pasties.  No waste!

 

 

 

Runner beans

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:06

I plant them two per cane - having sown the beans two to a pot in the GH.  They geminate quickly, I harden them off quickly, and then get them into the garden before they are too large (or intertwined) to handle.  Works for me.  Load of beans in the late summer, and neighbours have been known to disappear as I trot up the road with a "few" in my basket. 

Who pays for Things

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 19:01

SweetPea93:  WUM = Wind Up Merchant - usually best left to their own devices rather than responded to.

Bee in Bonnet or desire to create disharmony?  You be the judge!

Too early for beans?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 21:38

Here in West Somerset where it is very mild, I planted my hardened off beans (Runners and Climbing French) last week.  Even so, with cold winds, I fleeced them for a couple of nights, and they seem to be doing very well, even though a couple of the leaves show signs of cold!  

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