Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Scented leaved geraniums

We aren't growing much veg this year, due to renovating the plot. The decision to use sleepers means the new beds will be several months off (v v expensive but will last for an extremely long time - less upkeep too!!)but on the plus point the slug population should diminish nicely without lots of leafy growth to sustain them. 
 Runner beans which are a must, tubs of potatoes and some salad crops are all that is being grown in the open. Two elephant garlic are also there - kindly gifted to us.

The greenhouse is at full production or would be if we hadn't made a mistake with the compost we used. 
I can't remember what we used but it retained all of the water and was very smelly. I think it was like soil conditioner. 
Mike took the decision to repot his very unhappy  chilli plants and the cucumber and my new scented leaved geranium plants. They are far more happy now. 

When we took the plants out of the old compost the roots were encased in very soggy compost not ideal for chillies or scented leaved geraniums and the surface was dry and crusted over. 

They are all much happier now. The tomatoes had escaped this trauma due to being planted up in proper compost in the first place.


I ordered my plants from Cramden Nursery  and selected the option Emily's scented six pack. I received six decent sized plug plants for £6 within a few days of ordering. They were beautifully healthy specimens too .

They seem to be recovering from me nearly killing them and in a few months I shall pot them up into nice terracotta pots. 

I've ahem lost the labels but I have a rose one, a lemon one, orange one, a cinnamon one and now some surprise ones. xx


23 comments:

  1. I'm envying you your sleepers. My spindly wooden raised beds are on their last legs, although they've lasted (untreated) for 8 years which isn't too bad. I've had problems with compost as well, it's frustrating isn't it. Hope all recovers well. CJ xx

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  2. One has to be so careful with potting compost these days.
    We buy ours in the local village grocer's ( or Harrods, as I like to call them - they sell everything). Sometimes it is decent enough, but the bags we bought in the early spring were pure rubbish. It looked like it had been scraped off from the peat land. Which was probably exactly what it was.
    It was turf and not very well composted at all. At all.
    It also gives this crusty top layer in the pots.
    Anyway, luckily you noticed in time that something wasn't quite right.
    I love scented geraniums.

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  3. I like the idea that your scented leaved geraniums will be a surprise. They'll look lovely in terracotta pots. I look forward to seeing their progress.

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  4. I love flowers which are wait and see what I produce, it adds to gardening fun.

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  5. I look forward to seeing the geraniums and roses in flower. Flighty xx

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  6. I hope they all recover well, you've probably caught them in time to prevent any lasting damage. Your new beds sound brilliant, can't wait to see the new design.

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  7. I love the scent of geraniums, brings back childhood for me. I hope your plants recover. I've had a bag of poorly composted compost and my seedlings didn't do too well.

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  8. I have garden envy, love the sound of the sleepers they always look amazing. It will be fun to see what surprises you get...

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  9. I hope your plants recover well I'm sure they will now that they are in good compost, some of it is rubbish what you buy these days, I like the sound of your garden renovations, my poor garden is still full of weeds, I haven't had the time to get out there yet this year. Have a great week. :) xx

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  10. I used to have a fine collection of scented geraniums , but they have all fizzled out and gone . So now I,m on the look out for maybe someone local who might give me a cutting .

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  11. Haven't heard of the scented geraniums before, they sound lovely. Hope everything was rescued in time xx

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  12. My whole gardening experience with two zucchini plants, a yellow squash and three tomaot bplants was a whopping 4 tomatoes, that is it! Now it is far to hot to plant, 92 degrees out right now and we are not at the hottest part of the day yet.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. Glad to hear your gardening adventures.This makes it so exciting and funny!

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  14. I've never grown geraniums but really like the sound of the cinnamon ones!

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  15. I love scented geraniums - a cinnamon one sounds lovely!
    Cathy x

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  16. I could just do with some geraniums nice hardy ones that spread everywhere and have loads of flowers. Good job you were able to sort your specimens out before disaster struck.x

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  17. Seems that tragedy has been averted and look forward to seeing everything in flower soon. Haven't grown geraniums for years. Take care.

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  18. We bought a couple of scented geraniums last week for the summer house.
    It makes me really cross how compost makers get away with any rubbish recipe for their compost.

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  19. Good to hear your scented geraniums (my dad's favourite) have been successfully pulled back from the brink. I tried growing one once but it turned a funny colour and went all leggy on me. Might have another go as you can't beat that fragrance.

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  20. I'm wondering if the raised beds you are going to build will be like mine...(which are certainly sturdy, and had better last a few years!). I had a lovely scented-leaf Geranium once, and I've been trying for ages to remember what it was called, so that I could get another one - but no luck, my brain cannot recall it. The rose-scented ones are the best, I think. I empathise about the compost too - there is so much rubbish compost being sold these days!

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  21. I am glad I am not the only one who uses the wrong compost. My Dh bought some which is hopeless it did what you described I am going to check the bag out in the morning to see if it was soil conditioner not compost!

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  22. I hope your plants recover from the yucky compost. I love scented leaf geraniums, especially the citrusy ones. Cinnamon sounds good. Enjoy the rest of your week. Jane xx

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  23. Mmmm, lovely sleeper beds - what a treat! That's what I wanted for the beds here but the group (as we used to be) went for normal raised beds that have completely disintegrated after 7 years. It's scaffolding boards now for me! (When I can get hold of them). Scented geraniums are a joy - and they're so easy to propagate (stem cuttings, pushed into soil). Mine are all in flower now, including the huge ones growing in the veg patch! (And surviving winter outdoors!) I like the sound of the cinnamon one ... xx

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