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Lyn and Malcolms Garden Blog
October  2016

9th October
A reasonably sunny day today, Lyn has been working in her garden moving some plants about.
Plants get too tall or too wide, every year in early autumn we stand back and make a list of which plants need moving.
Or where to put new plants, yes we do buy the occasional new plant, still.

I have been tidying up in the Exotic garden, still dead heading, and moving just a few of the small plants into the greenhouse.
I did sow some Thalictrum seeds which we gathered from our own plants about a week ago.
In early Spring this year I tried a different way of growing them. We had previously sown them in pots and covered them lightly with small grit.
We left them outside all winter. After all that is what would happen naturally, if we did not take the seed off the plant.
Germination has been sporadic, to say the least. And late Spring we would end up with just small plants about 50mm tall.

What I have found is that if the seed is sown in pots as usual, and instead of grit, use a very fine vermiculite to cover the seed.
Then spray with water and put the pot into a clear plastic bag.
I then stood the pots just below our central heating boiler, where it is dark and reasonably warm.
After just a month they came up like grass seed, I am hoping this will work again.

It is supposed to be very near a frost tonight, I still have 98% of my plants outside, and hoping they are going to stay there for at least a couple more weeks.
They are still looking quite good.

See what I mean, a shame to cut them all down and store them for the winter.

Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' towering above Tithonia's, which are about two and a half metres

Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' and Tithonia's

Musa 'Basjoo about four metres tall.

Canna 'Reine Charlotte'

Iresine herbstii 'Blazing Rose' 

Robin drying out after a bath in the water feature

Ensete ventricosum 'Montbeliardii' Bought from koba koba nursery about 2006, before they closed down.
Second one bought from Jungle Plants 29 August 2012.