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Planting sweet peas and hollyhocks in pots

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 21:40

Evening Kay

There is a sweet pea thread where an expert or two can answer your question 

Sweet peas can be grown in decent size pots though if soil is good.  I have grow them on a wigwam of canes in a large pot.

Hollyhocks, the traditional tall ones, would not be ideal for pots in my opinion.  Good luck though.

Hopefully this will push your question up on the  latest posts list 

To Fleece or Not To Fleece

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:10

Newboy,,they really were fantastic carrots.  Large and sweet.

No, soil does not compacted

Yes compost and FBB in the hole. 


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 17:08

Ah,,so you may be growing ash instead.  And that means I am ahead of you 

Camera Corner

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 14:59

I covered my old enamelled white sinks with a "tufa" mix several years go.  Cement and peat.  They look like old stone troughs......have been offered nice sum for them. 

I think alpines ...the smaller compact ones....look good in them with shingle and odd pebble.  

However, Phormiums,,aeoniums, grasses etc look good. Or pelargomiums of same colour, osteospermums, diascias, auriculas all do well in troughs.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 14:52

You are ahead of me Dove.  I'm late this year.

 Love to see those red leaves alongside   Fresh green lettuce in veg patch.  I hate the first,pickings though cos my veg patch is all nicely laid out, full, evenly spaced and "perfect".  The first pickings spoil it 

overwintered in greenhouse - but now what?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 14:47

Hello lorr1500

Tulips often do not make a second year....some do some don't.  I would pot them up in fresh compost in pots just sufficient to hold them.  Primroses, yes, Split them. Pot them up and leave  them in the shade.

Your geraniums....I expect they are pelargoniums....should not be divided but take cuttings and now is a good time.  I put them around the edge of a pot kept dry for a week and then slightly watered.  They root quickly and then can be potted up.  

Chrysanthemums ....well. I pull or dig or cut out side pieces from the base and pot these up.  These can be kept outside. 


Moving a Rhododendron

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 14:38

Hiya Angela

Always better to wait until flowering is over. You need to wait just  a couple of weeks However, I move things in flower cos I'm impatient to wait a year to see the new effect.  



Any suggestions for a small tree for a border?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:24


Check out prunus cistena crimson dwarf.  This is a small shrub offen sold as a half standard. 

I have a couple in my garden and currently they are foliage and small pinky white flowers create aN eye catching picture.  I love this plant.  It retains its red foliage throughout the growing season and is nest and compact.  it does not drop loads of leaves and should look great nest a pool. 

Lots of plants go well with it......geranium rocarpet provides a blue summer carpet in front of it.  Caryopteris, aster frikartii monch, blue veronicas, etc also provide that blue association.  Silver plants like artemisia Powys castle, santolinas, helichrysum (curry plant) and fuschia genii too, with its yellow foliage and red summer flowers, looks good with it too.


Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:15

Then a soapy spray, ideally using a pressure jet sprayer, will do the job.  

crocus for plug plants?

Posted: 13/04/2014 at 09:13

Brookside plants are excellent for plugs.  

When buying plugs I go for early as possible. Left  too some suppliers do.....they have a lot of catching up to do.  

Agree with advice to pot up asap.  Plugs will grow away fast and you will need to pot up again to,produce good size plants to put into garden.

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