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Re: How about a gardening thread?

The previous owners of our house apparently loved peonies - as do I. We have several kinds in our garden among them one with yellow blossoms. So pretty!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

How beautiful. But from the photo, and the colour, I'd say this is a 'tree peaony' and not a 'perenial herbecaeous' peony. Perenial peonies die completely during winter and grow again in Spring from the base, with soft green stems, wherease tree peonies keep a woody brown trunk and branches over winter. I have both types, but no yellow- so can't wait to see it and confirm. It is easy to share the perenial type- and happy to share mine- but not sure about how to split tree peonies. I love that one, so will be studying the issue in the hope I can beg a bit of yours, Carlasmom . Your are very lucky as a plant that size has probably been nurtured by its owners for over 30 years, probably more.


One of my tree peonies has massive dark pink flowers - now almost ready to open- and one of my pride and joy.

The other day, I bought a standard rose from Villaverde in Pontarlier- asked for one which is fragrant and hardy (eg can stand the cold) and I was advised one, which I duly planted. When checking it on line- realised it is actually the famous Pierre de Ronsard- sold under a different name, Eden Rose 85!!! Checked hardiness and it says group 6- to minus 23. As it is against the house- hopefully it will be ok. As the nursery man gave the me advice and he knows I've got green fingers- I'm sure he will replace if it does not survive. Wish me luck. As said before, it is a beautiful rose, soft pink and 'ancient rose' style.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

My very first post on this thread ;o)

I have a very sunny corner in my wintergarten, which gets the sun all day long (but which means it is also very hot), and I am not sure what type of plants I could put there. My balcony has some lavender , a couple of peonies (tbh they are still babies), and a small wisteria plant which I bought, but which is years away from its full glory.

Any advice as to what kind of plants I could put in that spot, which will be able to cope with the heat and sun?
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Large Container for raised bed?

We have quite a small garden and the only bit sunny enough to grow veg etc is against the building with glass full length windows and/or has a garage underneath.

So, I was thinking of getting a free standing raised bed, about 1.5m x 0.6m and about 30-40cm high so the kids could grow a few things such as salad.
This would sit on a gravel area near the flat.

Hornbach has one (here) which is 0.6m high which is a bit tall as it would block the view of some flower beds from our dining area.

Has anyone seen anything on their travels around the garden centers etc which isn't eye-watering expensive (1500 CHF at Meier) which would do the trick.

I could make one but by the time I had bought all the wood and lining etc, I probably would have spent a lot more.


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Hornbach have a variety of Hochbeete raised bed kits for under CHF 300:

http://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Gartenha...ikelliste.html

Alternatively, have you thought about using planters rather than a raised bed? This is what I do, as I have a lot of narrow 'passageway' space but have limited open space. Planters are a fraction of the cost, you can get a good sized planter at Hornbach pretty inexpensively.

Given the slug problem, I've given up on salads/herbs/leafy veg in the ground and instead use planters where I can control the slimy (insert rude word here) better. You'd be surprised how much you can actually fit into a planter. I grow:

2 100x50cm (ish) planters of cherry or date tomatoes - 4 to 8 plants depending on the variety, hanging in front, climbing along a trellis in the back. Enough salad tomatoes to last the season.

4 80x40 planters for chilis, about 12 plants. Enough salsa and hot sauce to cure my homesickness.

2 80x40 planters of mixed salad greens. I plant 2-4 weeks apart so that I always have something coming up. If kept in the shade you can keep going all summer.

1 100x50 planter of fennel, celery, or whatever other veg I am experimenting with this year. A typical planter is plenty deep for even root veg.

I started with the expensive Terralite planters, but have not been happy with the way they overwintered after a few years. Now I have switched to less expensive planters and am quite happy.

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My other 'raised bed' is my compost heap. OH built a box out of leftover wood about 60cm high by maybe 1.5 m2 around the compost barrel . After emptying out the barrel in the spring I add a layer of soil on top and plant zucchini in the open space, letting it trail down. Last year I mistakenly planted a cucumber in with the zucchini, which climbed up the adjoining posts - a good way to maximise space. I'll do it on purpose this year.

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Hornbach have a variety of Hochbeete raised bed kits for under CHF 300:

http://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Gartenha...ikelliste.html
Yes, I looked there at the weekend and they do seem to have the best choice.

I also got the prices of their raw wood so may build my own.

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Alternatively, have you thought about using planters rather than a raised bed? This is what I do, as I have a lot of narrow 'passageway' space but have limited open space. Planters are a fraction of the cost, you can get a good sized planter at Hornbach pretty inexpensively.
Is a planter just a plant pot?


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Given the slug problem, I've given up on salads/herbs/leafy veg in the ground and instead use planters where I can control the slimy (insert rude word here) better. You'd be surprised how much you can actually fit into a planter. I grow:
That was another reason for the raised bed.

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Is a planter just a plant pot?
A really big pot.

Ca. 100x50x40 - high enough off the ground that you can build some defense against the slimy hoards, big enough to hold quite a variety of plants. No assembly required.
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A really big pot.

Ca. 100x50x40 - high enough off the ground that you can build some defense against the slimy hoards, big enough to hold quite a variety of plants. No assembly required.

That's what I saw in Meier for 1500 CHF!
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My very first post on this thread ;o)

I have a very sunny corner in my wintergarten, which gets the sun all day long (but which means it is also very hot), and I am not sure what type of plants I could put there. My balcony has some lavender , a couple of peonies (tbh they are still babies), and a small wisteria plant which I bought, but which is years away from its full glory.

Any advice as to what kind of plants I could put in that spot, which will be able to cope with the heat and sun?
Photos?

The wisteria will grow like crazy if it likes the location - make sure you keep it on a very strong support for climbers, away from anything permanent it can attach itself to, unless you have permission from property owner/management. Viney plants trap moisture and can damage certain surfaces.

And WELCOME to the dark side

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My very first post on this thread ;o)

I have a very sunny corner in my wintergarten, which gets the sun all day long (but which means it is also very hot), and I am not sure what type of plants I could put there. My balcony has some lavender , a couple of peonies (tbh they are still babies), and a small wisteria plant which I bought, but which is years away from its full glory.

Any advice as to what kind of plants I could put in that spot, which will be able to cope with the heat and sun?
Dwarf carnations seems to survive the heat and drying out, and flower for ages.
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How about a gardening thread?

I've wanted a lilac forever - I grew up with them and see them everywhere here. So I was in Landi earlier this week and found this little guy - I bought because I could carry it myself and it has a fabulous fragrance. Turns out it's a little leaf, superba, doesn't grow much above 2m and it blooms at the end of summer too.

All for 20 chf. The dog is skeptical of my gardening. Attachment 99533

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Old 14.05.2015, 13:02
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

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Anyone know what this white stuff is? It's moving, like bugs. It's at the base of a flowering thorny climbing plant. You can tell my gardening skills are up to snuff

And how to rid my garden of it?
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Big pots - I got this at Landi. Heavy plastic, not too heavy, but strong enough to over winter and my dog can't bite it. Measures about 45 x 45 x 100. (Cm), cost about chf 80 for the pot and 20 for the bottom tray. You do have to drill drainage holes in the bottom.

I buy most of my pots in Landi, they seem to be the best value.

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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Tasebo, here's a picture of the corner which is super hot and sunny (this pic was taken at around 7pm). As you can see, I am not quite a "serious gardener".

Newtoswitz, I like the dwarf carnations; especially the ones with white flowers. Thanks for the tip.
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How about a gardening thread?

I have a very sunny terrace, faces southwest. Last year, i bought a bougainvillea and it went on till the first good frost. The only problem - it won't last the winter. It required minimal care. I saw white ones at the landi last weekend though mine was a peachy color - got it from hauenstein in between oerlikon and wallisellen. It got bushy and was about 1.5 meters high. Amazing flowers.

I know it's more of a hot weather plant (california, mediterranean) but it can be nice in a hot sunny area.

I'm a very haphazard gardener. I love to try to grow stuff, and sometimes it works.
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Tasebo, here's a picture of the corner which is super hot and sunny (this pic was taken at around 7pm). As you can see, I am not quite a "serious gardener".

Newtoswitz, I like the dwarf carnations; especially the ones with white flowers. Thanks for the tip.
Nice balcony You might not be a serious gardener yet (not sure how many actually are, it is more of an invasive virus that strikes certain times of year and the only effective treatment is planting, watering, picking off dead leaves/blooms - very therapeutic). Looks like you had fun at the garden centre, did the Jr VMs help the selection grow from just 1-2 things to a larger number?

That wisteria is already quite big - ideally it needs to be planted straight into the ground. Although they spread all over as relatively viney growth the main trunk is tree-like and after many years the branches will be very woody. my fave is in front of Sidney Sussex college in Cambridge - it just drips blossoms in the evening sun, but is shaded for large parts of the day. If you are not sure where plant it just make sure it gets plenty of water.

I can't really see what the other plants are, but make sure anything on a warm sunny balcony gets watered sufficiently, without drowning. Evening and early morning best so thst the plant has time to absorb before the peak heat. Ideally the pots/planters will also be deep enough to allow root growth and provide more soil insulation again drying.
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I have a very sunny terrace, faces southwest. Last year, i bought a bougainvillea and it went on till the first good frost. The only problem - it won't last the winter. ...
I love bougainvillea - it will take me back to my childhood, playing in the veranda with my grandma ;o).

Now, a question about "it won't last the winter"; what if I bring the plant indoors, does that help? As you can see, I still cannot do gardening "Northern hemisphere" style.
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I have a very sunny terrace, faces southwest. Last year, i bought a bougainvillea and it went on till the first good frost. The only problem - it won't last the winter. It required minimal care. I saw white ones at the landi last weekend though mine was a peachy color - got it from hauenstein in between oerlikon and wallisellen. It got bushy and was about 1.5 meters high. Amazing flowers.

I know it's more of a hot weather plant (california, mediterranean) but it can be nice in a hot sunny area.

I'm a very haphazard gardener. I love to try to grow stuff, and sometimes it works.
If the bougainvillea is left in a pot it can be brought inside to a cool, somewhat dark place for winter, garage or Kellerabteilung. In the spring cutting back the woody stems shoukd spur on new growth and hopefully blooms. I have one that flowered really nicely for two years - will see how it does this yearhow-about-gardening-thread-image.jpg
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If the bougainvillea is left in a pot it can be brought inside to a cool, somewhat dark place for winter, garage or Kellerabteilung. In the spring cutting back the woody stems shoukd spur on new growth and hopefully blooms. I have one that flowered really nicely for two years - will see how it does this yearAttachment 99584
It is important to cut back bougainvilleas once in a while. If you let them grow wild you end up with long woody stems which aren't always pleasant to look at. The quality and quantity of the flowers also decreases if plants get too big.

On the other hand bougainvilleas are very tolerant of cutting, even if not done expertly, and always come back. So you can't really do much wrong when pruning.
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Thank you! I have a plastic tent (mobile orangerie) that sucessfully overwintered my lemon verbena. If i wrap the bouganviella inside the tent, that might help too, i imagine. I'll try this year. My house is just too warm i think, even the keller.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

This bouganviella talk is torture!

When we lived in Hong Kong I had bouganviella all over the garden, climbing all my fences, a riot of vibrant, easy-care color.

Here on the Dark (and cold) Side, not a chance, not even potted on the balcony. Oh how I miss them.

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