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Can you give me some advice on Passion Flowers?

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 12:46

Mine is in the ground, trellised against a North facing wall.  I let it die off, then cut it right down to the ground.  It comes back well, but isn't doing anything at the moment.  I don't know if it's too soon to start shooting, or if its just a bit too cold and wet still.  I'd chop it. 


Himalayan blue poppy

Posted: 08/05/2012 at 07:56

Hi Rosemary,

I bought 2 blue poppies last year, from the garden centre. I put them in terracotta pots with multi purpose compost.  I left them out and in Spring this year, noticed that 1 had been lost in the frosts.  The other is still in its pot and romping away, with big fat buds on it.  It is in full sun from late afternoon to evening. I thought that poppies needed a period of cold to help them get going?  I have never been able to grow poppies in the ground, whether they be established shop bought, bare root, or from seed, even when helping my clay soil along with compost.  My only successes have been in pots, and I tend to think thats luck.


Bargains due to bad weather

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 20:00

Hi All,

This weather, although great for the plants, is such a pain for us gardeners, right?  Until, you go to you local garden centre.  I went to mine today, and the amount of good, healthy, in season plants on special offer was huge. I'm talking 50% off.  I spoke to one of the Ladies running the place.  I asked why their Wallflowers were in the 'end of season' section, whilst my Wallflowers are going great guns, are in full bloom and should be for a good while yet. Were mine doing something they shouldn't.  No, She replied.  They are just not selling anything like they normally do, due to the bad weather, so they are having to reduce everything. They should have had another 8 pallets of plants delivered to go out, last week, and they can't sell their original stuff.  I got 15 good sized, healthy, in season plants today, for under £30.00.  This is my local garden centre, which they have nationwide, so they may have these offers near you?


May In Your Garden

Posted: 06/05/2012 at 19:43

Evening All,

Just a quick check in. 

Haven't read the last couple of days, so no idea what's going on in your worlds, but I hope all is well.

Grey and drizzle for the last 2 days here, and I don't expect it to change any time soon.  Have been doing lots of gardening though; pricking out seedlings, potting on, new plantings, moving things about etc.  The Swallows are back!  Not sure where they're making their nest yet; hopefully under the car ports like the last 2 years.  It was so lovely to see them zooming over the field, from my study window on Friday.  Yesterday, there were 4 kestrels squawking about over the garden.  Looked like an adult and 3 babes, fab. And whilst clearing out bits of the Pampass Grass, I discovered a nest with 5 eggs, right in the middle of it!  Amazing.  Will leave them be, and let the Pampass do it's thing for now.  Blimey, I feel like Bill Oddie!

Love that transformation piccy above Figrat.  Might have to trawl back for the last few pages now.


Bulbs in pots

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 16:23

Monty had some in pots the other week, that had finished, and He just said to put them somewhere tucked away in the garden, where they still had light and got the occasional feed and water.  I've done that with mine, but now think I'll also have a root around in the pots, to see if there are any divisions, and therefore freebies to be had.


We've found the nest thief

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 16:19

Moonlit Hare, our friend Geoff has been struggling with his neighbour's cat using his garden as a loo.  But the taking of birds eggs is just as nasty. Geoff, what say you?


Potato planting

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 16:13

Hi Loz,

I put my first ones in about 3 weeks ago!  I am in the South East of the country.


Shed Theft

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 11:50

Idiots, thugs, scum bags!  So sorry to hear about this mindless destruction Sandra.  I kind of see your point re to padlock or not to padlock, but it seems that they smashed the plastic ones without locks anyway, so it's not as if they're breaking in only to take things, but to destroy as well.  I'd just put a smaller less expensive lock on, that wouldn't do so much damage to the actual wood, if it was to happen again. You're right to keep only the bare, inexpensive, minimum at the site.  Also, what Kate says concerns me....will they be using your shed for other purposes if it is left completely unlocked.....drug taking etc.  So infuriating.  Best wishes to you and all your fellow allotmenteers. x


Garden Gallery

Posted: 02/05/2012 at 11:42

Put away the face of shame Geoff!  Your pictures are as lovely as everyone elses.

Thank you all for your kind comments.

Lorea, I think it was Lilylou that identified that mystery Aquilegia.  I'd really like that one.  It would go well with my other, darker ones.  Chuck us some seeds!



Posted: 02/05/2012 at 11:36

Well done Geoffrey!

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