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Aquilegia shapes

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 15:04

I have several ones that I got as seeds from a colleague who had collected them from known strains in her garden. None of the has her colours but that was expected. I am now on tenterhooks to see if the really odd one has come back. It was not as vigourus as the other ones but had a very weird flower. Instead of the bell shape they usually have it had the side petals but instead of the main flower heads it had really small petals like a wreaf/crown. If it does it again I'll post a photo.

The others grow like monsters in the garden. Almost taking over the place.

Saving private Sunflower

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:56

I planted some sunflowers a couple of weeks ago (I kinda went overboard and planted tons of seeds mid April probably too early...) I have had two come up but before I even was able to see them and feel pleased with myself something snipped the growl leaves off. I have sprinkled the garden and the puts liberally with blue organic slug pellets and they are on a patio so I think it might be a feathery foe. What do you lot do to protect them? Last year I had only one that had self seeded in a crack next to the house. 

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:52

Mine has never fully died down and tends to start flowering again in the autumn. My soil is not too heavy  (I have no clue to be honest). It is a built up border that was put in before I moved in so might just be garden compost. Have planted a yellow and a red one in a different part of the garden and hope they do better. I suspect it has just run out of steam. My plan was to get it to cross with the native primroses and primulas next to it which seems to do well (and die down)

Leggy Courgettes seedlings

Posted: 10/05/2014 at 14:44

The courgettes are not doing to well. The one I buried a bit has died. One has been blown about so much that it has almost broken (toothpick and tape seems to have sort this. Just spotted this happened to a second one but will deal with that when the wind has calmed down. the final is ok but leggy.

Have planted too more seeds.

Chinese red noodle beans

Posted: 08/05/2014 at 00:22

They look rather stunning and can be quite long according to google. Bought them on a whim at a seed fair. I planted the seeds in pots outdoors some weeks ago so I think they are ok to be outdoors. Think the seller's, who is Somerset beaded, package didn't say greenhouse. That would have stopped me.

Chinese red noodle beans

Posted: 07/05/2014 at 22:38

Anyone tried these? Mine has finally germinated so I hope I will get some later in the year.

Cowslip dying?

Posted: 05/05/2014 at 21:36

Not sure what is going on by my 4 year old cowslip is just started to look very poorly. It has not done any selfseeding and seems to be on its last legs. Is this the normal span for one? It has never really died back since I got it so it might just burnt it self out.

Rejuvenating thyme

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 11:10

Sounds like I should try to bury the older plant deeper into the soil and take cuttings. I am surprised about the advice against a shallow pot as it was given to me by the grower. The pot is about 15cm high and 25 across. The older one seems to have perked up quite a lot since moving into this one. 

The cuttings just plant them in compost with a fair amount of sand in it?

Blind Fritillaria imperialis

Posted: 03/05/2014 at 11:02

I have a red fritallaria imperialis that has done well ever since I planted it. This year it shot up with the same vigour as ever but I noticed that the buds instead of going from green to red just went papery and grey. They seem to have just withered away. The plant looks healthy and is even taller than usual. Did spot some lilly beetles on it last year but nothing else out of the ordinary. Could it be frost but I don't think we have had any in Bristol this spring.

Rejuvenating thyme

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 18:41

What is the best way of giving thyme back some spring in its steps? I have two plants in a shallow terracotta pot with quite a lot of grit as recommended by Jekka's herbfarm. One plant is quite woody and produces some new shoots but isn't really doing much. The other does sprout new leaves and soft branches but I fear every time I need some I will kill it. Should I trim them back heavily or can I try to layer some of the branches thus creating new new plants in the pot or is just taking cuttings a better idea?

Discussions started by Swedboy

Chinese red noodle bean pod colour

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Plant IDing (or have I totally lost it)

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Morning glory seedlings dying

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Last Post: 18/05/2014 at 20:54

Saving private Sunflower

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Last Post: 11/05/2014 at 14:23

Chinese red noodle beans

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Last Post: 08/05/2014 at 00:42

Cowslip dying?

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Last Post: 12/05/2014 at 15:36

Blind Fritillaria imperialis

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Last Post: 03/05/2014 at 11:02

Rejuvenating thyme

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Last Post: 03/05/2014 at 11:51

Leggy Courgettes seedlings

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Last Post: 05/06/2014 at 09:54

Clivia not flowering

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Last Post: 26/03/2014 at 22:09

Replanting aquilegias

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Last Post: 01/06/2014 at 12:07

New worms for wormery

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Last Post: 25/05/2014 at 00:03

Babbington leek not bulking up

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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 15:58

Too late to prune zephirine drouhin?

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Last Post: 15/03/2014 at 15:55

Tomatillos

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Last Post: 17/06/2014 at 18:16
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