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  • reiverreiver Posts: 32

    Thanks again- I'll persevere and find something that likes me.

    The little rockery was built on top of weed membrane. I planted through that and added "LOTS" of gravel. The alpine strawberries are delighting my Gdaughter and she checks them out each time she visits.

    I actually enjoy the uncertainty of the end result- will it/won't it? It reminds me of processing my own photographs- the delight and slight awe as the plain paper slowly started to show a picture. The time scales are longer but the excitement is the same. Mind you the fellow gardners on here are friendlier tah any photographer I ever met. Thanks again for your support.

  • Daft thing that I did, many many years ago. Read an article in a magazine which said that milk was good for houseplants.  Went round all of them being very generous.....

    A couple of days later when I came downstairs - what a smell!!!!  What an idiot!!!

    On the other hand - who wrote the article???

  • Herby LouHerby Lou Posts: 9

    Hi again reiver, sounds like you're having fun. And to me that's the whole point, right??? And wintersong thanks for your advice. Although I still can't tell what's what yet. I am trying to create a sensory garden for my boys (my eldest is disabled and blind) hence the herbs and fruit. I do have a few flowers spread amongst my lavenders. Lobelia, petunias, margerhite. The margerhite is blooming lovely. I cut all flowers off the lavender to help establish the roots. And the lobelia is doing better than I expected. 

  • Herby LouHerby Lou Posts: 9

    I should also mention I live on a chalk hill with alkaline, stony soil. I have a south facing garden and it really is a sun trap. I have a patio area with lots of things growing in pots (my experiments). One thing I would have to agree on though is the mint, maybe I should dig it up and replant as its twice the size now and I don't think it will stop there. And very disappointed with my basil. But hey ho. We live and learn. image

  • WintersongWintersong Posts: 2,436

    I live 14 miles from the south coast of England and I can't grow Basil with any kind of success image

    It hates me, I swear it

  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    I have a mint plant which needs to be dug, i planted it a couple of months back and its gone from the size of a 1 litre pot to about 12in high and wide.  I was thinking of digging it, moving it into two pots (one inside the other) then replanting it in the same spot.  Any one know if that would be ok?

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 50,143

    Strange- the basil. I'm in central Scotland and have no problem growing it!

    Not outside I hasten to add - Italy it ain't ..image


    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • daisymay3daisymay3 Posts: 8

    KEF Consider yourself 'lucky' my neighbour has one that is now a monster and is talking of having it taken out

  • reiverreiver Posts: 32

    Wintersong, et al -  I finally got Basil to germinate and survive. _ keep it damp. It does not like wet feet. The red variety is going well but the Sweet Basil . Lemon Basil and Thai Basil are all struggling and I have doubts as to their viability.

    My Cannas are coming along nicely. If they grow on I'll be well pleased. I bought(Sorry I think that's cheating) a "Prayer Plant". I hope that does well It's foliage and height will make a perfect foil for the Cannas and whatever blooms I manage to keep within the GH.

    Anyone know why I am having such difficulty in getting Gerbera to germinate.?

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