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Rachel's Journal

Rachel's Journal

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Mum's the Word

29 July 2009 23:38:11
Mum's the Word

Mum's the Word

Well, my giant chrysanthemums have flowered.

I bought the root stock by mail order back in spring. I potted them up, manured them, watered them copiously, reduced stalks to a max of four per plant, potted them on, fed them with tomato food, removed side shoots, staked them, cosseted them in the greenhouse and now they have finally flowered for me.

The moral of this story is - you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

In my amateur ignorance I  did not know what to look out for when buying root stock and I have bought the wrong thing.

They are okay, as plants go, but do not deserve the kind of preferential treatment they have received. I will plant them in the garden forthwith - enough with the molly coddling. We live we learn.


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Monkells Monkells 29 July 2009 23:50:44

Will most likely do just as well in the garden !!!


Ciggie Ciggie 30 July 2009 02:39:33

Awwwwww - they look ok to me. Although I haven't been lavishing care and attention on them. Isn't disappointment a great teacher? By the way, I saw a comment about Sarracenia in one of the journals - I can't remember whose - and have seen them for sale in Woodies DIY.


trug trug 30 July 2009 06:46:31

Rachel, just catching up with your journal. Your frog photo is cool. Good to hear that even little ponds can support wildlife. Saying that, we don't have a pond at all (unless you count the constant puddles form the rain we had!) But a pond is in the long term plan definitely. It encourages the bird life too, if it has shallow edges.


Lìga Lìga 30 July 2009 07:28:40

Good morning!They oranges ones look for me very nice.I saw story about them in album,,you're really did big job.In my experience ,i have nearly every year some of plants with i spoiling,,and then ,at the end of summer,just plant somewhere in garden.You said right-we live,we learn:)


Sarita Sarita 30 July 2009 10:01:10

Hello there: back in February you mentioned an olive tree....how's it doing? I brought one back from Provence a year or so back - only a wee chappie. It is now about 18 inches high and came through the winter covered in fleece and looks pretty healthy. Amazing isn't it to be able to grow such trees!


Rachel Rachel 30 July 2009 18:05:30

Don't get me wrong, Ciggie, that one in the photo is quite pretty. I'll happily find a place for it in the garden. It's just that I was expecting something else...


Rachel Rachel 30 July 2009 18:07:13

Sarita, my Olive Tree is going well. It's flowering at the moment! I think mine is the European Olive - perhaps hardiness varies. However, none of them are supposed to be hardy so... Good luck with yours. It is great to have such choice in what we plant.


Rachel Rachel 30 July 2009 23:37:59

And thanks for the tip-off about sarracenia in Woodies, Ciggie. I think I've enough to be going on with for the moment though : )


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