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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. 


Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 28/07/2013 at 09:17

Hi All

Thanks you for your advice so far. Not much has been happening but thought I would give you an update...

We've finally heard from the landlord re what we can do and we've decided to start with extending the patio area then concentrate on the area in direct view from the window in the lounge and take it from there.

I'm building up quite a collection of plants via cuttings and from friends and family gardens (I'm too shy to approach garden centres etc for plants for free ) but have picked up some real gems from the bargain basement corners at the garden centres. So at the moment I'm feeling more enthusiastic about creating a lovely low maintanence garden.

What I would like to ask is...we thought it would be an idea to plant the area up then put down weed supressing cloth and cover it with bark to keep the weeds at bay. I know shurbs and such will be ok with this but will anything that dies down cope with this? Will it be able to grow back up thought the cloth and bark?

Thanking you all in anticipation

Can i keep deadheaded Dianthus heads to harvest seeds?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 19:18

All I did was take non flowering stems about 4 inches long,

Strip most of the leaves off leaving a bare stalk but make sure to leave about 5-6 leaves at the top and dip the bottom in a little bit of rooting power.

Put them against the wall of a pot containing multi purpose compost and cover with a clear plastic bag to keep the moisture in and leave them to do their thing.

I kept mine outside in a bright spot but not in direct sun and as I said within a week or so they began to root. 

I potted them on into individual 3" pots just over a week ago and they're doing great. Each cutting will be an individual plant. 

Give it a go. It's really easy. I've also done lots of lavander cuttings this way too. 


Can i keep deadheaded Dianthus heads to harvest seeds?

Posted: 23/07/2013 at 13:38

I took 12 cuttings from my bright red Dianthus on 6 June this year and all of them are potted up and growing beautifully. I seem to remember they rooted withing  a week or so...believe me if I can be sucessful with cuttings like this then I'm sure anyone can do it 

Help needed to create a new garden

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 08:09

Brilliant Dove thank you 

can anyone name this plant

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 08:07

Are all Deutzia easy to porpagate? I have deutzia pom pom and if they are pretty easy I'd take some cuttings from it to grow for my daughters garden. When & how is the best time?  

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