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Alexia Ballance's forum posts

Total number of forum posts: 45


Re: Perennials - when to plant on into larger containers

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Hi Jasmit,
The best thing to do is to plant them in the ground in early spring if you can. if not, you could pot them up in spring, or just feed them well. Slow release pelleted fertiliser is best. Dont worry about seeing the roots at the bottom. As long as you feed them they will probably be ok.
Make sure the coneflower doesnt get too wet over winter. Best to raise its pot on pot feet or place it under the overhang of aroofcso not too much rain reaches the compist. They will take any amount of frost but hate "wet feet" and will die if they get soggy.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 22:12

Re: Lobelia in containers at end of season

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Discard them. They're annuals and will die anyway. Next year I recommend you try waterfall lobelia....more expensive but bigger flowers and they keep coming even if they get too hot or dry. See what you think...I hope you enjoy them!

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 22:05

Re: Raised Bed

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

You dont need a bottom liner but you will need to put some broken up bricks, tiles and/or gravel in the bottom 3 to 4" and some holes in the sides or bottom of the raised beds so that excess water can drain out. Then use good topsoil or a mix of topsoil and compost for the bulk of the infill. Don't use only multipurpose compost as it will dry out too easily in summer and perhaps also be too wet in winter.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 22:01

Re: Percentage cover

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

If you don't WANT fish it doesnt matter what percent you go to. If you do want them, up to about 50% plant cover should be ok, but include oxygenating weed in that 50%

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 21:54

Re: should I cut back my clematis?

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

If you don't know what variety is is, try following this guide:

*if it flowers in april and may, it will be group 1 or 2 and need little pruning. Prune just after flowering.

* if it flowers june and july and has large open flowers, its probably group 3 and is best cut down to about 30cm from the base in march or april. The new growths will flower in summer.

* if it flowers in June and July but has bell shaped flowers, it's uncertain which group it is. Have you noticed whether it flowers only on last year's old stems (group 1 or 2) or on fresh new stems as well (group 3)?

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 21:44

Re: Phormium in a pot

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

If they're happy, you can keep them as is. If they are struggling as a result of being overcrowded, divide them using a sharp spade or large knife in spring, when they will be full of the joys of spring (i.e.growth hormones) and will recover from the shock as long as you don't cut the pieces too small. Plant the pieces in good new compost with slow release fertiliser mixed in and don't overwater. Good luck and have fun.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 21:35

Re: Planting in a balcony railing planter (trailing effect)

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

Bidens is unlikely to survive a Berlin winter so, although you could start some types of them from seed in late winter,,unless you have good heated propagation facilities you will probably be better buying young plants in May.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 21:29

Re: Random assortment of container grown plants

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

First photo in dark grey bowl to right...probably crocus bulbs

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 21:24

Re: Random assortment of container grown plants

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

I think that in the third photo there is an agapanthus filling the pot next to the downpipe, and in the pot to its right is a geranium...perhaps Bill Wallis.

  • Posted: Mon. 18th November 2013 21:23

Re: Small white flowers

from Alexia at Blooming Marvellous Plants

The way the leaves are attached to the stem makes me think of an evergreen Prunus (portuguese laurel).

  • Posted: Tue. 12th November 2013 15:11