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Old 30.03.2016, 19:09
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

We're moving into an apartment with a garden and window boxes this weekend, so will be seeding and planting for the next few weeks.

Need to transplant a corkscrew hazelnut tree and lots of snowdrops from the garden of our currrent place, then crack on with propogating new seeds. Definitely going to grow Black Beauty courgettes again because they were a huge success last year in our UK garden, so I'm curious to see how they fare here. Need a lemon tree, chillies and bell peppers too.

The garden has a pagoda which I'd love to train Wisteria Sinensis on, but it's probably a little too close to the kitchen door. The village we moved from in the UK would be covered with Wisteria from April to September. Also going to grow trailing blue lobelia and Edelweiss in the window boxes, then have one bed of hot coloured plants, just yellow, orange and red.
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Old 30.03.2016, 20:18
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I bought a meyer lemon tree in the winterthur obi last year. Looks like it lived through the winter in my little tent. For chilis, i buy seeds from pepperseeds.eu - last year was not a good year for chilis.
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Old 31.03.2016, 11:41
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I bought a meyer lemon tree in the winterthur obi last year. Looks like it lived through the winter in my little tent. For chilis, i buy seeds from pepperseeds.eu - last year was not a good year for chilis.
lemons are pretty robust compared to mnany other citrus. Pomerances (Seville oranges) are even more winter hardy. I grew one from seed. It comes inside when extreme frosts are announced but it stays outside for your average bite of light frost and is not suffering one bit.

The only citrus that is completely hardy in the Swiss climate is the trifoliate orange. It's a deciduous orange grown mostly for its ornamental value. The fruit is a bit like a pomerance but smaller, with bigger pips and the taste more sticky and bitter. However, the peel can be made into passable marmalade. I have one of those that the OH gave me for my birthday many years ago. It is planted out in the garden and has grown to a considerable size and although the frost does occasionally kill off individual extremities, it is on the whole very resilient.

In the citrus forums there is occasional talk about a citrus called the Juanita Manadarine which is supposedly hardy to something like minus 20C and whoise fruit is perfectly delicious nevertheless. However, these discussions are mostly about somebody knowing somebody who knows somebody who says and I suspect that there is some exaggeration in play.
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Old 31.03.2016, 19:40
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

I now have a small, north-facing balcony but plan to put out a few flower boxes. Currently I have a "Pot of Spring" that is filling my nostrils on the breeze...




Anyone know how well Jasmine does here? And where the best place to buy it is?
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Old 01.04.2016, 13:43
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I now have a small, north-facing balcony but plan to put out a few flower boxes. Currently I have a "Pot of Spring" that is filling my nostrils on the breeze...




Anyone know how well Jasmine does here? And where the best place to buy it is?
that is an Array of colors! beautiful.
Jasmine: i had a jasmine poly....( the one with pinkish flowers) indoors. it had a lot of buds when i bought it but they dried up before blooming.
the following year it bloomed lusciously in around august.
last year due to indoor crowding i planted it in a protected space outside....I think it made it thru the winter since i still see a few green leaves popping out.
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Old 01.04.2016, 13:48
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

We had a truck load of plants delivered yesterday from Kunz Baumschulen (Uster). We were over there last weekend and you get chauffeured round the place on golf carts looking at plants, being shown then (stick in pots at this time) and also pictures in books. They helped plan beds based on sunlight, height requirements, shape etc

And prices seemed pretty impressive
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Old 01.04.2016, 14:06
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We had a truck load of plants delivered yesterday from Kunz Baumschulen (Uster). We were over there last weekend and you get chauffeured round the place on golf carts looking at plants, being shown then (stick in pots at this time) and also pictures in books. They helped plan beds based on sunlight, height requirements, shape etc

And prices seemed pretty impressive
so they delivered to this place called Kenistan all the way from Uster?
Jokes apart...do they have a website? Just curious about what kind of garden have you planned.
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Old 01.04.2016, 14:20
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Jokes apart...do they have a website? Just curious about what kind of garden have you planned.
Google not working? http://www.kunzbaumschulen.ch/

Pictures will appear once planting is done
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

So after all my worries about the awful weather - which saw the daffodils start up in December, then subjected to many freeze-thaw-freeze-thaw cycles, the last few while in bud...

The daffodils not only made it through, but are simply stunning this year. A blast of spring color just when we need it most.




(I fear many of the tulips went the way of the Mouse Buffet, though. Ah well...)
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Old 03.04.2016, 12:06
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Our 2 fields are covered with 1000s of wild white and purple crocuses- what a wonderful welcome sight. The bottom of the garden has 1000s or several types of snowdrops and blue scillia- and the stone walled border by the house have all the bulbs I planted when we arrived 7 years ago in flower. For the first time, I won't be able to get stuck into gardening this Spring- so I will have to just trust nature to it ....
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Re: How about a gardening thread?



Ahhh.....feeling good the foraging and gardening season has started at EE's place as well...
I am not a flower gardener as such, everything I grow has to be edible and for the rest I am a keen forager of forests, meadows and hedgerows.

Some ransom / wild garlic of it from the small allotment downstairs, some foraged in the forest.
First batch will be used to make "Knöpfli"to go into the freezer to preserve the yummy taste until next year...and all many the other things to make with it, will be done with the next batches I'll collect. Hope we'll have a good gardening year and generous harvests for us all


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Old 11.04.2016, 11:02
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Co-op latest Childrens' cards plus album to collect has a gardening theme with coupons to collect free seeds too.

So if you want to spark an interest in growing things in your kids then this may be a way of doing it.

I got my four and seven year old's to sow the seeds for annuals and a few herbs at the weekend.
I think they enjoyed filling the pots with seed compost the most.

Anyway:

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that is an Array of colors! beautiful.
Jasmine: i had a jasmine poly....( the one with pinkish flowers) indoors. it had a lot of buds when i bought it but they dried up before blooming.
the following year it bloomed lusciously in around august.
last year due to indoor crowding i planted it in a protected space outside....I think it made it thru the winter since i still see a few green leaves popping out.
I agree, this pot is amazing! I also wanted to have one jasmine plant (they have a very cheap one now in Lidl). Maybe i should consider buying one.

From my site i can tell that oleander goes really well here. People say that it needs to spend winter in 13 degrees, more or less, but I don't have a place like this. I always keep it in the bedroom just next to the window that is usually slightly opened and i keep it outside from april till october- works perfect!
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Old 22.04.2016, 17:32
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This type - paeonia tenufloria. Attachment 97269They are rather stubborn when moved, but I am determined to succeed and keep trying different locations! The one a Cambridge friend planted didn't do a thing, but she may have planted it too deep, as you are absolutely right the herbaceous types are rather like iris, just below the surface. Love peonies, and Occitane can (almost) bottle the scent
It came up again and this year it's even got a flower on it.
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Watch the weather forecast if you have seeds/seedlings or something delicate out now. Going back down very low overnight & maybe even sleet Sunday & Monday.
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Thanks to tasebo I now have an absolutely gorgeous peony tenuifolia flowering in the garden.
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Well done! This made my day - the "mother plant" in Sweden looked like this 2 weeks agohow-about-gardening-thread-image.jpg
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It came up again and this year it's even got a flower on it.
One of our peonies had its first flower on it last year and this year it's a bit more mature and had five!
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Dear fellow gardeners
Forecast for Pentecost looks terrible, coincidence or not it is also the time of the 'Eisheiligen'.......they started today with St.Mamertus and last until the 15th of May when
'Cold Sophie' will be hopefully bring the last cold day this spring.

Delicate plants should be covered/protected now, as the forecasters predict floods of rain
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Re: How about a gardening thread?

Do any of you grow Tayberries?

I picked up a couple of plants on a whim, and am now wondering what to do with them.

Since a Tayberry is a blackberry/raspberry hybrid, if I mix them in with the already resident blackberries and raspberries, do I run the risk of the Tayberries 'reverting' at some point?

Any advice or tips would be appreciated.

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