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Discussion in 'General Gardening Discussion' started by shiney, Jan 6, 2019.

  1. shiney

    shiney President, Grumpy Old Men's Club Staff Member

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    Bought 2 packets of orange wallflower seeds.
     
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    Verdun Passionate gardener

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    What colour will they be logan? :snorky:
     
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      I'll have to think, it could be orange.verdun
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      • Cassie

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        Drove 1.5 hours for a work appointment only to discover it had been cancelled, so decided I would pop into the local garden centre before driving back.

        Impulse bought a black english mulberry tree that the owner was keen to assure me was the 'true English' one.

        We have another tree at home that was also sold as a black english mulberry, but has totally different leaves. It hasn't been doing so well with our winters so will be interesting to see if the new one is any better.

        At only $20 (compared to $65 for the previous tree) it seemed worth a chance.
         
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        • shiney

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          I wonder why your other tree didn't do well. Your winters aren't cold compared to their usual habitat where they can usually survive down to at least -10C. Could it be the red mulberry that has less pointed leaves than the other varieties?
           
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          • Cassie

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            I'm puzzled too! The Problem Tree doesn't seem to go properly dormant - the leaves fall but the buds stay green, they get blackened by the frost and the branches die back.

            Nighttime minimums here are usually 2c to -4c in winter, no snow, and have never had a problem with other deciduous trees so fingers crossed the new tree does better.

            I will have another look at the leaves tomorrow.
             
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            • Selleri

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              Just ordered these mainly house plant seeds:

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              Can't wait can't wait can't wait :dancy:
               
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              • alana

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                Just bought a phormium "Maouri Queen". Beautiful colouring on the leaves.
                 
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                • Peter K

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                  I bought the first of my seeds yesterday - peppers, tomatoes, courgettes and cucumbers.

                  I have a lot of packs that I opened last year. Will they still be OK to use?
                   
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                  • NigelJ

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                    It depends, tomatoes, peppers, carrots and brassicas will last for a few years if kept dry and cool. They may be slower to germinate. Parsnip seed doesn't keep. Lettuce doesn't keep well Cucumber and courgette I find keep for a couple of years.
                    For flowers etc I sow and see what happens.
                     
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                    • Jack Sparrow

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                      Saturday morning on my wanders I bought a viburnum tinus. It was reduced from £12.99 to £5. I just had to get it. I bought one last year that was slightly the worse for wear. For some reason it didn't survive. The one I bought this time is a much bigger, healthier specimen. I have put it in a decent sized pot to keep until I have cleared a space to plant it out properly.

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                        @Jack Sparrow Viburnum tinus is the favourite Viburnum of the Viburnum beetle so the previous one may have been killed by it. Don't put this one in the same place as the other one. The grubs can be in the ground.

                        I would keep a sharp eye out for any attack by them. The edges of the leaves can curl and go brown and you can get tiny holes in them. You can get spray for the beetle if you really need to.
                         
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                          I sowed Victoriae Regianae last August. Good germination but they are really slow growers. I also sowed travellers palm at the same time but no germination as yet
                           
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                            I went to Wilko and bought two Astilbe plants (roots) one white one pink.
                            I'll pot them up tomorrow and wait until spring to plant them out.
                             
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