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Wall flowers in full bloom 25 Jan 2016

Posted: 25/01/2016 at 16:02

As I looked out of the kitchen window over the back garden, I peered around to the left side of an area that I would not normally see by looking straight out.

I was surprised to see one of last year`s wall flowers in full bloom. There must be many other members with similar displays due to the very mild weather, even at this early time of the year.


Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 14:45

The photo is fine Gertie. (When it is clicked on it reverts to the right way up). Looks like you have an Echinacea plant there, and some Lavatera in the background.

When your photo is enlarged to full screen size I can see your sitting area on the patio. One imagines many a cup of tea was supped there a few months back amongst those flowers & bees. It looks a nice cosy garden.

Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 11:23

Either that Gertie, or the location where they are could be well protected (from frost).

I’m only referring to mine as half hard perennials because that was the description on the original seed pkt. There were 4 different colours amongst the original plants. I don’t know if that means there were different varieties/types, or  simply means that there can be various colours amongst one variety.

Here are some photos from the original pkt sowed in 2014. It`s a shame that I did not photograph the other colours.

I really like the simple yellow colour (top picture).



Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Posted: 01/12/2015 at 07:55

The Rudbeckia bloomed from July as usual, but remained in bloom well past October this year, so five months of colour. I guess that was due to the very mild November-the mildest on record apparently.

Rudbeckia are  half hardy perennials. After sowing a few hundred seeds last year (most saved from the previous year`s flower heads)  and watching them grow & flower as mature well developed plants, it would be a shame to let the frost wipe a lot of them out. This happened last year to the ones I left in situ. I’m contemplating digging some up, and putting them inside my mini greenhouse. I also have a bit of room in the lean-to building I knocked up. I’m unsure if a dark garage would work also?

Anyone else digging theirs up, or are you going to take a chance with the frost?. I know they are not like Dahlias but still at some element of  risk.

Sprout harvesting

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:53

That is good news for me then, I will pick them off as & when required.

I didn`t know that the leaves were edible. I`ll try some. Well, I will if I can find some that don`t look like the wings of a lancaster returning from Berlin.



Sprout harvesting

Posted: 22/11/2015 at 18:19


My sprouts are ready to harvest, but I don`t want to waste them if at all possible. I have about a dozen plants all with sprouts on. I have just cut one plant and brought it in the house about ten minutes ago-the first one.(see photo)

The thing is, I Iive alone and the sprouts on this one plant will suffice for 2 meals. There were approx 40 edible size ones, and about 6 or 8 around marble size or smaller that I left on the plant-too small to peel.So, one plant per week (until I am sick if eating sprouts-or not as the case may be).

The outer leaves of the sprouts are already going a bit yellow/brown so not sure how much longer I can leave them in the ground. Will they last longer in the ground with all the frost (snow?) that will be heading our way, or best to get them in now and eat sprouts like they are going out of fashion?



What is wrong with this Rudbeckia plant (see photo)

Posted: 15/06/2015 at 13:17

Thanks for all the advice-the points have been noted. I feel that any one of the suggestions could be the reason for the problem, and they are indeed possible things for me to address.

At the time of posting, I had wondered if the paling of leaf pigment and blotchiness may have been specific to a specific cause/reason. For example, I know from experience that too much potash can cause a plant to "curl up and shrink" and become all contorted. Alex and I will try what has been suggested.

What is wrong with this Rudbeckia plant (see photo)

Posted: 14/06/2015 at 13:14

Can anyone identify from looking at the photo what is causing the problem with my plant? I`ve uploaded a second picture so a comparison can be made with a healthy plant of the same type.

I`ve grown a lot of these Rudbeckia plants this year, and most of them are ok. However, something is causing a problem with the leaf colour on a small amount of the plants. Could the plant be getting too little or too much of something-what do you think the problem is?



CORRECT name for this weed killer please?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 15:35

Thanks for answering my question Nutcutlet. I`m 99.9% sure that will be what he said. A letter V does sound like a letter B over the phone.

CORRECT name for this weed killer please?

Posted: 10/06/2015 at 14:12

I`ve been told by a "gardener" that there is a weed killer (to get rid of daisies in my case) and it is called "BERDOE extra" He told me that is how it is spelt, but as nothing similar came up via an online search I have to assume he has got something wrong.

What could he be referring to?


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Wall flowers in full bloom 25 Jan 2016

Show us yours 
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Rudbeckia-the plants that gives pleasure for 4 months plus some.

Anyone digging their`s up for winter shelter? 
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Sprout harvesting

How long can I leave them in the garden? 
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What is wrong with this Rudbeckia plant (see photo)

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CORRECT name for this weed killer please?

May have been given incorrect spelling 
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The war on slugs-

Garden pests of mass destruction 
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Secateur review

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3 out of 4 ok but one had vanished (Mice?) 
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Any sprouts expert in the house? (pic)

What to do with young sprout plants 
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How to tell when Garlic is ready to harvest?

Seeking advice about the right time to harvest. 
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What`s eating my marigolds?

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Bottle propagator (see photo).

DIY propagators-cheap & effective. 
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