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Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:56

Amy - some aquilegias do have purple stems 

How has this weather affect your planting this year?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:50

Sounds like you've done well there Aym  - but I'd give those toms an overcoat for the next 2 nights - even old newspaper will help. Forecast for it to pick up a bit next week.

Hope so - we're having a little overnight trip away in the camper...

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Posted: 29/04/2016 at 13:46

Could you pop round here Runny & Bushman? Not in the garden yet - but approaching via the fields - it's like watching the approach of the cybermen  - hill by stealthy hill 

How has this weather affect your planting this year?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 12:04

My seeds went in a little late due to holidays but they germinated fairly quickly. They are mainly in an unheated potting shed.

The last 2 weeks have seen some really low temperatures (Suffolk) especially at night when the temp in the shed has got down to only just above freezing nearly every night. Consequently the seedlings have not grown on very much at all. Sown at the end of March and none pricked out yet although a couple are just about ready for that.

AYM - even in Essex I would think it's a little early for putting tomatoes out. The earliest I've planted mine out has been end of May. If you can't take them out of the ground I would suggest that you buy some horticultural fleece and wrap them in that and perhaps some bubble wrap each night until the nights warm up. Tomatoes need night time temps over 8 - 10C really.

Stupid, or what ?

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 11:51

We've all done that one P'doc 

I've got cuttings from 3 different penstemons and there are very subtle differences in the leaves if I look closely - mainly texture and length. Don't know if that might help you sort them out?

Re plant markers. I asked at Peter Beales rose nursery what they use. They use Sharpies (permanent markers). I started using them in November (black ink on white plastic) and (so far) they have not started to fade. Other than that I use a HB pencil.

For plants in the borders I am going to try black markers with silver or white pen. More expensive but it avoids the mini-graveyard look and I'm only labelling plants where variety is important. They use them a lot in posher gardens and they seem to be durable.

Anemones De Caen

Posted: 29/04/2016 at 00:05
I have to grow these in pots because they tend to rot over winter in my cold heavy wet soil. They look good as part of a bulb lasagne.

I allowed some to go to seed last year (or was it the year before? - can't remember) - anyway I sowed the seed and had good germination. This year some of the seedlings have flowered - nice way to increase stock.

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Posted: 28/04/2016 at 09:43

Thoughts and best wishes with Dove, Wonky and the rest of the family. x

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Posted: 27/04/2016 at 21:16
Hi Wonky - glad the plants have settled in to their new home

Thoughts are with you, mum and the rest of the family at the moment x

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Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:17


Posted: 27/04/2016 at 18:15

Sorry Verdun - you snuck in while I was typing 

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