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sweet or tea olive in the uk

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 20:02

Just looked it up out of interest and it is osmanthus fragrans.  Burncoose has it half hardy- temps down to 0 only.


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 07:42

Ah, pinching out.  Missed that bit! Well they're very busy anyway (or were!) maybe a bit of pinching now to encourage those side shoots.

Bekkie, I am Noodle really anyway. But that username wasn't available so I had to be super.  But I'm ok with that

Perennials from seed

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 07:38

Or exhausting! its the first year this year that I've been "tending" rather than just "refurbishing" ( cutting back, digging out, flattening banks of soil, ground elder hunting) and it's been lovely! I just pretend the not done bits aren't there.

I thought leaving the undone bits to weeds would mean that my new beds would be very weedy but hey haven't been too bad.  I've done ok in terms of pests too (famous last words?) so suspect having wild bits has helped wildlife look after itself.


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 07:32

Great, thanks Lesley.  Rained immediately before.  Rained immediately after.  But amazingly given forecast not alt all during the party!  With half hour to go before the party the organisers suggested calling it off.  but I didn't fancy telling the 3 year old!  So we went ahead and was fab!  Happy child.  Relieved parents.  Thanks dove for sacrificing your washing, and everyone for your well wishes.  I left a note on my other thread (who's favourite food is Fatsia japonica) but as title no longer related to the topic suspect it got lost!  I do seem to be very tangential on this forum!

Went round garden removing broken branches last night due to hailstones.  Gutted as leaves we're looking so healthy and now very scarred.  Dahlias in particular are in a very bad way. I've removed some leaves but didn't want to overdo it.  It's my first time growing them so don't really know anything about them.  Will the leave grow back? There's buds at the bit where the leaf joins the stalk ( what's that called?). Are they leaf buds?


Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:55

Morning! Quick Dove, sea must be rushing your way - run!!!!

Yey smilies! 

Perennials from seed

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:51
Cheers Bekkie. I've got. Passion flower in my longer term plan - how lovely to have grown my own from seed. I've lots of time before the site is ready so I'll get on and have a go growing one. I didn't know what eupetorium was so looked it up and sounds ideal for my new bed that I'm intending to plant up in autumn - rough plan is herbaceous with grasses (hence the deschampsia in first post) with echinacea, achillea etc. eupetorium looks perfect for that and I think I've the right conditions. Thanks very much - KEEP THE SUGGESTIONS COMING for perennials from seed. I've got a whole garden to cover so can do most conditions in terms of sun. Acid clay soil. Where not in full sun/ under trees or banked, soil can be moist.

Hemerocallis Gall Midge

Posted: 30/06/2014 at 06:38
I had a similar problem with a few blooms ( young plant so weren't many anyway) so this post raised alarm bells. I'd pulled off and binned the damaged ones so can't remember exactly what they looked like but I think like Lorraine's.
Just been out this morning and buds look ok. Pulled off the next one due to open and can't see anyone inside - would I be able to see them?
Also the next one due after that looks to have a tiny puncture in the side - would I be able to see the hole from the fly going in or is that far too small and this hole a coincidence?

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:44
"No heat in a cold GH" (giggle!) makes me sound like a right muppet! Love this forum- you can ask and not get laughed at!

Seeds are priority so I'll not heat ( and not buy anymore overwintering stuff and use fleece for those I have). Can always expand to cold frames at a later date. Wanting to get a feel for how much Ill do, what floats my boat etc.

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 22:06
Aw, thanks guys. Knew you'd be able to help me out. Sow seed after seed shed - obvious now!!! All I have to do is look up flowering time on or like! Thanks for the sites too.

I've just got a greenhouse. I'm thinking of getting a heater to just about keep it frost free for overwintering. Would this count as a cold greenhouse?
(Haven't definitely decided re heater yet as so far I've only got a fuchsia, geraniums and argyranthemums to overwinter, thinking might get away with putting on shelves with polystyrene, fleece etc.)
And another q, would frost free be better for winter salads?

Perennials from seed

Posted: 29/06/2014 at 21:08
Hi, I'm hoping to grow some perennials from seed to help fill out my borders. I've spotted Chiltern Seeds has a good variety (first thoughts are hosta, deschampsia) but they don't show the seed packet or much info so I don't know when I should be sowing these things until I've purchased and the packet arrives. Can anyone give me any rules of thumb as a general guide, or perhaps suggest a seed website for perennials? Thanks Noodle

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