Rescue hanging basket

Picked this up for £10 after Dobbies let it dry out, bounced back fine after a few weeks and plenty of tomato feed


Astelia after division

The half-hardy astelia was left out over winter and the leaves died back. Kill or cure, it was cut back and divided with three pieces potted up, all of which look to have taken. They’ll be kept in a frost-free conservatory thus winter.

No plans to move into larger pots for several years, they are OK being pot-bound.


Angelica archangelica, really too vigorous a herb for my small garden at nearly 1.5m but it’s a winner with bumble-bees. It may die after flowering this year, so will need to collect seeds.