Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon, a really lovely plant but can romp away in the right conditions.

Log into Facebook to see what our 6.6k UK gardeners know about Houttuynia Cordata Chameleon. In this post UK gardeners talk about growing conditions, how quickly it spreads and what to do about it, late season autumn colour and scent.
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Vegetables to sow and plant this month, updated monthly with specific cultivar types.

Pak Choi - An excellent winter vegetableSeptember is becoming a very important and busy month for the vegetable grower as most varieties of winter vegetables can be sown or planted this month. Use your AcryliCloche® garden cloches to the full and protect seeds and plants from pests. Cloches will boost growth and give those winter vegetable plants a flying start. With so much to plant out you may struggle to find space. Cloches are excellent for using as a ‘nursery bed’. Sow seeds directly outside close together and cover with your garden cloche. When they have germinated and grown into small plants transplant them into their final growing positions.

Now is the time to start buying and sowing some of the big players in the vegetable garden; Broad beans, garlic and onion sets. These are all winter hardy but suffer badly with damage from mice and pigeons when they are planted. Cover with any of your cloches or use a Seedling Cloche to protect them while they germinate and get their roots down.

via Vegetables to sow and plant this month, updated monthly with specific cultivar types..

Putting the cloches in place

The UL Community Roof Garden

We covered the potatoes that we had planted with the cloches. Previously, the soil was covered to keep it warm and help the potatoes germinate. We found a leatherjacket and went looking for more. They can cause a lot of damage eating young plants and severing their roots. It was a good day and we left delighted that our young  plants were now protected!

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What a difference a cloche makes…

The UL Community Roof Garden

Visiting the garden today I couldn’t help but marvel at the difference the cloches are making to the rate of growth of the potatoes and lettuce. Plants that are just outside the cover of the cloches are much smaller and weaker looking. The four lettuce plants to the left of centre are under the cloches… those to the right are not. You can also see the prevailing wind/ rain pattern as the rain is blown in through the open ends of the cloche.

Kudos to Martin for the excellent watering technique… Jim will  proud.

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UK Gardening on Sow and Hoe – March Newsletter

UK Gardening on Sow and Hoe - March

UK Gardening on Sow and Hoe

March Newsletter – Did you see?

Hellebore Day, Iris reticulata Gordon, Recycle and Reuse Tips, Mystery Blossom, Witchazels, Gardeners World – Your Views, Free when you buy…Papaver Orientalis ‘Patty’s Plum’, The Five Minute Interview, Vegetables to sow and plant now, Flowers to sow and plant now, Lambs Lettuce under cover, Seedling Cloches, Seed Swap UK, Best flower / Plant this month.

Hepatica Day on Sow and Hoe with Ashwood Nurseries.

Hepatica americana

Hepatica americana

Welcome to Hepatica Day on Sow and Hoe

Advice on growing stunning Heptaicas by Ashwood Nurseries

Ashwood is one of only a few nurseries in the UK specialising in hepatica plants and is the only UK nursery that supplies fresh hepatica seed. The nursery owner John Massey is widely regarded as being one of the UK’s leading experts on hepaticas: he has his own private plant collection and has travelled to China, Japan, Korea, North America and Europe to see them in the wild.

An impressive record of Gold Medals for hepatica exhibits at RHS London Flower Shows is a testament to the quality of their plants. One of the highlights of the RHS Shows came in 2000 when Ashwood joined forces with the Niigata Nursery Association from Japan. Their combined exhibit received the Lawrence Medal, awarded to the best exhibit to be shown at any of the RHS Shows during any one year. http://www.ashwoodnurseries.com/

The Japanese name for hepaticas is ‘Yukiwariso’ or ‘The Breaking Snow Plant’. In the wild they grow in scattered and localized habitats on sunny slopes in generally deciduous woodland. They are also found under evergreen trees including pines and camellias Hepaticas grow in many different soils, often containing humus, over sandstone, lava, granite or calcareous rocks. Generally they can be found at particular altitudes in the mountains and gorges, up to a height of 1,250 metres.

The Japanese have been collecting hepaticas in the wild since 1603, but only during the 1980’s have they started breeding and cultivating them to help satisfy the increasing demand Today there are over 550 named cultivars and, incredibly, most of these have been collected from the wild!

Japan hosts many hepatica shows in Niigata and Tokyo during early spring, where enthusiasts can go to marvel at the many exquisite forms. Hepaticas are much loved and revered in Japan. The unbelievable range of colours exhibited by the flowers, stamens and pistils, the countless different forms, including the fabled double cultivars, fuel this enthusiasm to a cult status. The Niigata area is famous for an especially variable range of hepaticas, with stunning contrasting stamens, and even a rare yellow or green. The doubles here are also very complex and variable, and both bi -and tri- coloured forms can be found.

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Includes –

Hepaticas in Japan
Cultivation of Hepaticas
Growing Hepaticas in the garden
Growing Hepaticas in the Alpine house
Growing Hepaticas from seed

via Hepatica Day on Sow and Hoe with Ashwood Nurseries..

With images of –

Hepatica americana

Hepatica japonica forma magna

Hepatica americana

Hepatica asiatica

Hepatica henryi

Hepatica nobilis Indigo Strain

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Lambs Lettuce. Valerianella locusta, – Garden Cloches and Plant Protection

Lambs Lettuce. Valerianella locusta, - Garden Cloches and Plant Protection

An important winter salad crop growing well under cloches.

Valerianella locusta, doing well under AcryliCloche® Garden Cloches UK

More commonly known as Corn Salad, Lambs lettuce or Mache. An important winter salad crop.

A hardy annual which crops over winter. These Low Barn cloches are not in place for frost protection. Covering them with a cloche overwinter promotes faster growth, keeps them tender and protects them against damage from pests, wind and rain.

Read full article on the benefits of growing winter salad under cloches via Lambs Lettuce. Valerianella locusta, – Garden Cloches and Plant Protection.

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