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Re: Cut flowers

Message from georgie newbery

In forum: General

It's a great time to start off a cut flower patch now. Either rake the soil in the patch you want to grow on to a fine tilth and direct-sow your seed, or, probably better for the beginner, plant a few seeds in trays and then plant out seedlings when they're big enough. Sweet peas are great for a beginner because they're so fantastic and scented and prolific - quite unlike flowers you can buy from most florists. Plant seeds sparely in peat free compost in deep pots and put somewhere protected from mice as well as frost to germinate. They should poke their heads out of the soil about a week or so from planting. Dig lots of well rotted compost and manure into the place you're going to plant them. Pinch out the tops of the seedlings so that there are only two pairs of true leaves - this way your plants will bush up and you'll get more flowers per plant. Plant your sweet peas out about a foot apart, perhaps around a teepee shaped arrangement of stakes. Water them in well and you should have flowers for the end of June/beginning of July. Good luck!

  • Posted: Thu. 13th March 2014 15:52


Comment from Nicola

In forum: Events & Gardens to visit

Calling all allotment holders!


Silver River TV are looking for talented amateur kitchen gardeners who have the skills and dedication to compete in the BBC's THE BIG ALLOTMENT CHALLENGE

Someone who can cultivate the perfect carrot, make their green tomatoes into award winning chutney and turn their dahlias and sweet peas into floral arrangements fit for a Queen.

  • Posted: Wed. 26th February 2014 17:01

Re: Re: Need to identify herb near my garden.

Message from Carol

In forum: Identify a plant

Sweet Cicely is lovely stuff - the seeds go black as they ripen as I remember.

  • Posted: Sun. 26th January 2014 10:35

Re: training sweet peas (lathyrus odoratus)

Message from Barbara Sellery

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Thanks a lot for your help Philip; I'll probably try what you suggested. Thanks also to Nicola. It's good to know that there are experts on hand.

  • Posted: Thu. 23rd January 2014 10:19

Re: Need to identify herb near my garden.

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Identify a plant

If the leaves are lacy and smell a little bit like anise, could be sweet cecily an herb that is used in fruit salads, it does spread and is very deep rooted.

  • Posted: Wed. 22nd January 2014 14:47

Re: Re: training sweet peas (lathyrus odoratus)

Message from Nicola

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Thanks Philip:)

Barbara, Philip didn't mention this because he may be too modest! He is a Nurseryman (Sweet Peas & Alpines), professional gardener, and chairman of RHS Sweet Pea trials!!

He also sells sweet peas in his Johnson's Sweet Peas shop in our Marketplace. So he knows what he is talking about:)

Hope that helps

  • Posted: Wed. 22nd January 2014 14:18

Re: training sweet peas (lathyrus odoratus)

Message from Philip Johnson

In forum: Trees and shrubs

I am not sure you would gain much with this method, perhaps another foot of growth? However, I can see no reason why you should not try this. If you are really tight for space you could try layering the left hand half to the right and the right hand half to the left, crossing them over. Please ask if I can help further.

  • Posted: Wed. 22nd January 2014 13:25

training sweet peas (lathyrus odoratus)

Question from Barbara Sellery

In forum: Trees and shrubs

Is there any reason why I cannot train my cordon grown sweet peas diagonally across netting against a fence? I am trying to avoid the necessity for layering later as the area is rather restricted for space. Growing diagonally would provide more length but I have not seen it mentioned anywhere by experts.

  • Posted: Tue. 21st January 2014 10:15

Re: Can anyone name this beautiful tree please

Message from Benjamin Brace

In forum: Identify a plant

I think every garden should have one! If you don't have a lot of room in your garden you could give Cercidiphyllum japonicum "Katsura" a go as they have the same dainty leaf cover as the Cersis (sadly no flowers though) and the leaves smell sweetly of burnt sugar/toffee in the autumn... just a thought! (it's another favourite of mine :D)

  • Posted: Tue. 29th October 2013 13:31

Japanese Tree Peony 6 - High Noon

General post from Bee

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

A yellow tree peony is very rare, so it’s sure to be a show-stopper in any landscape.

'High Noon' is an amazing golden yellow tree peony that blooms in early summer. This striking variety produces clusters of yellow flowers with red flare at the base of the petals. Nice fragrance; flowers have a pleasing sweet, distinctly lemon scent. It has the huge, semi-double blooms that denote this variety. The foliage is even attractive when not in flower.

Paeonia suffruticosa, or tree peonies, are loved by everyone who has ever seen them in bloom and they have been prized and carefully cultivated in the China for centuries. A deciduous shrub, not a tree, the tree peony has woody stems. A mature shrub produces many huge, long-lasting, silken blooms, which delight the eye. The showy flowers are 6-10" across growing on woody stems. The tree is slow growing and best in partial shade since the flowers tend to fade in full sun.

  • Posted: Fri. 11th October 2013 07:06

Re: Butternut squash, two varieties in mid August

Message from Daphne Tompkins

In forum: Cucurbita moschata 'Early Butternut'

It seems there are about 36 butternuts on the eight or so plants. I have begun to store them. Still leaving about a dozen on the plants, but tidied them up. Here is a view of a selection. The weights varied but exceeded seven and a half pounds in weight. The green variety are generally of a smaller size than the yellow ones, but seem very much sweeter, and have a deeper orange colour in their flesh.

  • Posted: Mon. 30th September 2013 08:36

Paeonia Rockii 2-Silver Waves of Red Sea

Comment from Bee

In forum: Garden Landscaping and Design Forum Event

Hong Hai Yin Bo is sweetly fragrant peony flower. The peony plant is unquestionably one of the finest peonies we've ever grown. Flower color is red, highlighted by a dark black central blotch and bright yellow stamens.

  • Posted: Tue. 24th September 2013 03:51

Strange Plant

Question from Marilyn Taylor

In forum: Identify a plant

Grown from seed, meant to be something else, but these shot up! Sort of sweetcorn like foliage, and seed-like, drooping heads. Soft downy covering on stems. Any ideas what it is?

  • Posted: Mon. 26th August 2013 09:03

Plant ID, please!

Question from Richard Tomblin

In forum: Identify a plant

Help, please.You are my last hope of identifying this plant. A bank of them by the wayside in Lincolnshire, a few miles inland. Confined to a run of maybe 30 yards. About 3 foot tall. Hairy stem, slight but sweet fragrance. Don't know whether it's a garden escape or wild. I'd be so grateful for any enlightenment. Many thanks!

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  • Posted: Mon. 19th August 2013 13:15

Bunnies Ate my Vine!

Question from Lisa Jolley

In forum: Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'

So, my sweet potato vine was nibbled down to nubs by those rascally rabbits! Will it come back before the season is over?

  • Posted: Tue. 30th July 2013 18:34

Re: Can anyone identify this plant.Its driving me mad!

Message from Sue Jeffries

In forum: Identify a plant

Looks like a Meadowsweet to me - a native British wildflower that tends to like damp areas. But I'm surprised that you say it doesn't have a scent - it usually has a sweet scent. It's a perennial and can spread to form very large clumps, but you could divide it every couple of years and make sure it's kept under control.

  • Posted: Wed. 24th July 2013 19:52

Help identifying a plant ...??

Question from Chris Larder

In forum: Identify a plant

I'm hoping somebody can help me identify this plant.

He came with a batch of Sweet Williams (which on one of the photos you can the foliage of ...) When planted, i thought he was a Sweet William HOWEVER, as he's grown to approx 3 foot and seems very different ... I'm not sure what he is ...

He's 3 foot or so
Sparse foliage, almost wispy ...?
Very small pink/light purple flowers
Lower leaves are now turning red
A very strong plant. I live on the coast, so most plants I have to stake ... This one is doing fine without ...

NB (on one of the photos, there is a cosmos ... The plant I am referring to is on the right ...)

Any help would be very much appreciated ...

Kindest regards from me and my green fingers!!!

  • Posted: Wed. 17th July 2013 20:21

Can anyone identify this shrub?

Question from Colin Campbell

In forum: Identify a plant

Hi all - this shrub has been in the garden since we moved here over 20 years ago. It has beautiful, sweetie like flowers that open later on. I'd like to trim it but am worried I will damage it. It's too lovely to loose! The garden seat will give an idea of scale. The shrub is approx 5 feet high and the flowers are about 3/4 inch before they open fully.
Many thanks - Colin

  • Posted: Fri. 28th June 2013 15:11

Re: Sweetbox problem

Message from ELAINE HUTSON

In forum: Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

Just give them some time, it is only in the third year that you see shrubs and trees get going, they have to put down their roots, as long as they are not dying, they are fine, give them some liquid feed and keep watering them.

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd June 2013 20:57

Sweetbox problem

Question from simon walter

In forum: Sarcococca hookeriana var. digyna

I planted 4 Sarcocca hookeriana last year. I have clay soil so I incorporated grit. They just seem to be shrinking. No visible pests or holes in leaves, just not growing. I have a shady garden which is sheltered. Any advice?

  • Posted: Sun. 23rd June 2013 18:42