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JoanG's Journal March 2013

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Today's garden visiting ...

22 March 2013 22:22:49
Today's garden visiting ...

Today's garden visiting ...

... consisted of opening the patio door to take a quick photo before shutting it promptly again.

The visit to Helen Dillon's will just have to wait.  We would have been drowned, as well as declared insane.  Roll on (sunny we hope) April.

Echeveria advice please

18 March 2013 21:04:36
Echeveria

Echeveria

I'm not good with houseplants so I don't have many but I do like this little echeveria that I bought about 18 months ago.  It's on the windowsill in our sunny porch, still in its original 4" pot, with roots now showing through through the bottom. 

I'd like to grow it on in a dish/round pot, with a dressing of gravel or small pebbles.  Can anyone advise me on potting it on, eg type of compost (presumably a gritty mixture?), watering, feeding, and how I can get it to flower again. It had nice apricot coloured flowers when I bought it but didn't flower last year.  Can it be propagated from the small rosettes that have appeared and how do I go about this?

Any advice appreciated, thanks.

Breeding hellebores, for Fran and others

09 March 2013 20:53:05
Hellebore collection (from the web)

Hellebore collection (from the web)

Fran, you probably have your method all worked out but I just thought you (and others) might be interested in this article in this week's Telegraph Gardening online edition.  It's an interview with Juliet Davis, hellebore fanatic and breeder.  Bear with it, the breeding instructions are towards the end of the article.  Sounds very fiddly, so I won't be trying it myself yet!

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/plants/9899457/Why-hellebores-inspire-a-mad-passion-in-gardeners.html

Front Garden Day

05 March 2013 21:47:37

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

Click to zoom

As I spend most of the time in our back garden, the small front garden can get neglected.  So today, with morning sun in the front and the early frost gone, it was time to get out there for a tidy up.  Once the roses were fed, the driveway bed mulched and a start made on the other side, it was looking a lot better.  Today was a lovely day to be out there. 

While small early crocuses never do well for me (they disappear!), the larger white, purple and striped ones that are flowering now do seem to come back every year.  Next year I want to try the little crocus tommasinianus in the back garden ... wish me luck! 

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