Category Archives: Gardening

How to grow and prune Wisteria

wisteria-pathI found this really helpful and easy to understand on the whys and wherefores of growing Wisteria.

I’ve always been very confused watching how to prune them on programmes like Gardener’s World but there are easy to follow diagrams in the article below. Lots of lovely plants and seeds for sale on Thompson & Morgan’s website

I’ve bought a lot of plants from them over the years and have been very pleased with the quality.

Crocus.co.uk

I just had to dedicate a page to this company. I ordered plants from them for the first time recently and
was amazed at the quality when they arrived – only a day after ordering. But it’s probably not surprising
when you find out they supplied the flowers for the Royal Barge (Part of the article below)

I’ve always bought bargain plants from the internet before, for example 200 plugs for some rediculously
cheap amount but this has often proved to be a false economy as even with TLC many of them have
disappeared or died from a fungal disease.

Also, when I’ve purchased what’s described as a large pot plant, they have often been dissapointingly
small and sad looking.

Kitchen Garden Blog ~ From Crocus.co.uk

  Now, let’s get the legal stuff out of the way first.

  Because make no mistake: stevia, aka sweet leaf or sugarleaf, is, or rather was until recently, an illegal     substance. You couldn’t buy it for the garden as it was somewhere on the same tray as cannabis and opium   poppies as Plants You Could Be Arrested For Owning.

  Then they said OK, we realise we’re being a little ridiculous here as they’ve been growing it in Paraguay for  500 years, so you can have it in your garden as long as you promise not to actually do anything with it.

So people who sell stevia plants and seeds had to add a disclaimer, in the best tradition of under-the-counter slightly murky dealings: something along the lines of ‘we know this is used as a sweetener and has been for centuries but we just want you to know we are not selling it as a sweetener, ooooh no, because that would be illegal. This is just a nice little herb for your herb garden, a curiosity really, and although the leaves taste undeniably sweet and just like sugar and in every way something you might like to use in your food and to sweeten your drinks IT IS NOT A SWEETENER. OK? Good.’

Crocus ~ The shop, not the plant

I’ve ordered myself a few drought tolerant plants this morning from Crocus. They will go very nicely in my meadowy border where I am growing ornamental grasses, Daisies, Day Lilies, Red Hot Pokers and other tall plants.

The idea is to interweave them all in a slightly chaotic but planned way, so they all billow in the breeze during mid to late summer.

I saw a stunning border in this theme on Gardeners World last year and just had to try and copy it. The only trouble is, the rabbits seem to have different ideas.

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This week in the Garden

This week, I’ve been taking root cuttings of hardy perennials.

It’s a really simple process and you can increase your plants by loads propagating in this way.

Either dig up the plant you want to take root cuttings from, or just leave it in the ground and dig down to the roots, then snip off some good healthy looking bits.

Plant them in pots of compost with a bit of grit or sharp sand added for drainage, put them in a shady area or cold frame and wait for your new little plants to appear.

Just make sure you plant the roots, the correct way up and level with the top of the soil.

You can do this with all the hardy geraniums – a selection shown below, verbascums, oriental poppies, perennial daisies and loads of other hardy herbacious perennials.