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Woodgreen wonderboy

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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:56

Thanks Chicky, you enjoy it too. I am going on Thursday. I am staying locally overnight  so won't need such an early start as usual,, and will still start with a full english in the Tiltyard.. I might be looking for posh furniture for my new terrace.

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:52

Mottisfont is near me so I go every year, especially when roses are at their best. Very good this year, and earlier. Lots of work going on to give more all year round interest as well.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:50

I left all my dahlias in the ground last winter and they have survived well. The only problem was that they are underplanted with daffs. and while the latter's foliage was dying down the whole bed became a mass of weed and dying foliage. Eventuallu I got in among it to clear it out and it is now fine. I have then mulched it with spent MPC... looks very neat. Other risk was slugs and snails chomping on the emerging dahlias down among the daffs/weeds, so had no choice but to broadcast pellets.

I used to store tubers and then pot them up as soon as buds started to show. They were stood outside in a sunny spot straight away, usually March/April ( if frost threatened I moved them overnight to shelter). So I grew them hard from the off, and I think this avoids legginess. A few dahlias which I grow in large pots, and which I am forcing to gain a head start for showing them at the local Show, are definitely taller but are strong and flowering well. Growing them on indoors seems to be the risk for legginess.

Hope this helps.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:35

I have never lost agapanthus to cold weather but I do cover my 2 large glazed pots with a bin bag which mostly cuts the risk of water logging. Not sure why I do it, but has become a habit. My favourite white varieties are moved into the GH and those in the gravel have to take their chances. They do OK.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 06:26

I live in the New Forest and I believe it looks pretty much like the bracken we have here in abundance. If we are not absolutely sure my vote would be not to take any risks and have it removed. If in doubt whip it out.......


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:48

Hi Allium2, It can take a year or so to get the first flowers, and then they multiply. I have some glazed pots with 7 plants in each. I now get in excess of 50 flowers in each.

There is a theory that they like to be planted in constrained, cramped conditions to replicate their natural environment where they grow in rock crevices. However some professional growers I have spoken to have said they are equally happy in open ground. Does anyone else have an opinion on this highly important question/

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:25

Please feel free to come and see number 3 when you are next in town.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:24

Agreed, Mrs. G., that is definitely not a field maple, well not a bog standard one anyway. Arguably not a wildlife garden type plant at all? Surely unless a wildlife garden is restricted to British wildlife plants and flowers the real value of the learning is lost?

Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:18

Sorry, but I can't do pictures. went to Waterperry, near Oxford recently. Now in my top 3 of all time alongside Great Dixter ( Christo Lloyds) and ......oh yes, mine!!


Posted: 02/07/2014 at 21:14

Hi I have great fun in my garden with my gravel drives. Every year I tease up loads of Agapanthus seedlings, with great fleshy roots, for potting up, some of which I give away. Today I teased 18 hardy geraniums , and potted them up for the wild flower meadow my friend is creating. I also potted up 24 erigeron daisies which are going in the other direction, i.e. to be planted in the gravel, along the stone edges to soften the look. They love the harsh conditions. Strangely I find it hard to germinate erigeron seeds in normal compost... but left to their own devices they will pop up in the most hostile of conditions. There's a lesson there somewhere, but dare I buy seed to scatter it on the ground?

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Need help in putting together a quiz which is a bit challenging and fun too 
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They are much better microwaved for about 3 mins., turned over, mw for 3 more mins. Lot less bother than boiling . Keep flavour and scrunch. 
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