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Posted: 18/08/2013 at 17:25

I went to Southport yesterday and got absolutely soaked. I didn't think it wasn't as good as previous years but I suppose the weather did put a damper on it (if you'll pardon the pun )

I did manage to get a Helenium I've been after for my friend Helen's birthday next week so for that I didn't mind getting wet. Other than that I didn't see anything worth buying. 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 20:16

I have one of these plants growing against a shaded garage wall. It was only planted last year and wasn't very mature when planted. It hasn't flowered this year but in fairness I didn't expect it to but it has put on an amazing amount of growth. 

Looking at it today it has 3 main healthy branches which are only about 18-24 inches from the garage roof. I was wondering if I cut all the branches back a bit would this encourage it to grow bushier? I don't really want to jeopardise any potential flowers for next year though! 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 20:02

Ok thank you all. I believe the plant I have is geranium phaeum. I'll have a look at the plant tomorrow and see if I can pull something off it. I pressume now is as good a time as any to do this?????

Thanks again for your advice & I'll let you know how it goes 


Posted: 14/08/2013 at 10:07

What is the best way to do this? I've read it can be done by division or cuttings but can't find how to take cuttings.



Posted: 11/08/2013 at 13:55

Ah Ok so I've made a few mistakes then...not enabling them to polinate, probably too much water & food  & perhaps not ideal growing them in the conservatory???

Thanks for all your comments and knowing what I know now hopefully I'll have better results next year.

So back to my plants now...is there any chance they will produce fruit now or is it a bit late for them? I won't be upset if you say give up on them as I've got ample tomatoes that I'm more than happy with   


Posted: 11/08/2013 at 11:58

I've grown minibell and moneymaker some plants are outside and the rest are in the conservatory. I feed them once a week and water every 2-3 days, more if they need it and the ones that have friut are all doing well.

My problem is that 4 of the plants (both varieties and plants are in the conservatory) have lots of flowers but no signs of friut emerging. I've kept an eye on them for the past few weeks and they haven't changed and I was wondering if they will ever produce friut or should I just admit defeat with these plants????

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 07/08/2013 at 09:40

Morning all

I mentioned in an earlier post that the property is built on a former landfill site and there is a membrane in place separating the contaminated land from the cleaned land and because of this membrane we're not allowed to dig any deeper than 600mm. Now I don't think anything we plant will need a hole so deep but what about the roots as the plants become established????

Could this throw a spanner in the works and stop us creating a lovely outside space for Sarah to enjoy? That said there are trees planted in the front gardens and areas planted up with shrubs etc! I really don't envy the task of trying to find out how deep the roots will go before deciding what plants to plant 

Bargain corner plants

Posted: 05/08/2013 at 09:51

Hi all and thanks for your advice. I've cut off all the dead stuff and everything looks so much healthier already. I can't plant anything just yet so will repot into bigger pots for now. 

I'm going to keep the acer in a pot. Is it best to use ericaceous compost? 

Should I cut the clematis back? They are quite straggly & I wondered if I should cut them down by half maybe?

There is something quite satisfying about buying a sickly looking plant and nursing it back to beauty and better still if you have only paid a few pence for it 

Bargain corner plants

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 08:28

Hi all yesterday I came across lots of plants in the bargain corner at B&Q and as I’m trying to build up a stock of plants to create a garden from scratch for my disabled daughter I went a bit mad & bought 14 plants ranging from 20p to 99p. I figured that even if I loose half of them I’m still quids in.

Imo all the plants look ok and are just in need of food, water and a little tlc but I was wondering if some or all of them would benefit from cutting down or anything. I didn’t want to just start cutting them all down without taking advice first so here goes, this is what I bought…

 Acer Katsura I really don’t know why this was marked down from £14.99 to 99p because it looks pretty healthy to me.

Hydrangea blue mophead I’ve tried googling this and haven’t come up with anything so I presume blue is the colour and it’s a mophead variety??? This plant has lots of dead flowers and a lot of the leaves are brown and curled up at the edges although there is still a fair amount of lovely blue flowers and good leaves too.

Hydrangea Black steel again I’ve tried googling this and it seems black steel is a variety??? This plant looks a bit better than the one above.

Clematis Wildfire, Clematis Dr Ruppel & Clematis Mrs Goerge Jackman these all look ok they just look a little pot bound with lots of long straggly growth.

Laucanthemum the leaves on these look reasonably strong and healthy but all the flowers are dead

Cistus again reasonably healthy looking but no flowers

Verbena Lanai some dead flowers but quite a few buds still waiting to open.

I also got 2 strawberry plants in lovely wicker hanging baskets and figured the hanging baskets alone were well worth 99p each.

So there you have it and any advice would be gratefully received 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 29/07/2013 at 19:54

Hi all & thank you again for your help.

LeadFarmer it's a bungalow but I'll see if I can take some better pictures and get as much of the garden in as possible.

Fairygirl & Verdun I take on board what you're saying and to be honest I never gave the birds etc a thought. As Fairygirl says I was just thinking low maintenance and supressing as many weeds as possible as I don't want to be gardening every time we visit. 


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