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Posted: 29/10/2012 at 10:45

II have a reasonable memory and have read a lot of the old gardening books, It is amusing to see the same old passages being written in modern books where the new author has just lifted passages from the old books. Ask yourself, how can someone of the age of the modern author have been around gardening long enough to have the experience they claim when writing their books? I often wonder how much of their 'knowledge' is book learning.

where to keep dianthus

Posted: 29/10/2012 at 10:41

When you do come to repot them in bigger pots in Spring then all you need to do is to mix 5mm. grit in with a soil based compost, about  half and half. That would give them the  good drainage and pooer soil they like. If you could get hold of the small grit they use on roads that would be perfect. It is limestone and Dianthus love limestone.

Stony Patch

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:53

You can still have poor drainage even with stony soil so check that before planting anything.

If well drained then almost any alpine plant would grow there. Campanulas, Silverf Saxifrages, Sedums, Dianthus and dozens more. Just keep them watered until the roots have managed to spread out under the stones.

Cutting back ferns

Posted: 27/10/2012 at 17:48

Bit early yet. I do not do our deciduous ones until the fronds have completely died down. The evergreen ones I remove one old frond for each new frond that appears, in Spring.

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 20:39

Glad to say they were  down the Lane, not sure I would like to tread on one in the garden in the dark!

Absolutely enormous slug

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 09:32

After the nonsense about the Spanish slugs (and the article was about as scientifically stupid as one can get) I looked at the slugs which I often see on my early morning walks. I found at least a dozen longer than 6 inches and one which was 8 inches long. These were all the brown/black (same species by the way) ones. As said they are carnivorous. they eat other slugs. I think the British record is 16 inches long by the way, but not sure about that.

Help needed........

Posted: 23/10/2012 at 17:53

Typical mistake in having the path going right down the middle of the plot.

Still, what you need to ask yourself is what you really want in your outdoor space, before doing anything to it. Make a list of things first, then see if you can fit them in and where.

Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 21:35

The tip came from a Hellebore site on the Interweb thingy. I tried it last year and have just fiinished potting up the hundred or so self sown seedlings which I got. I think I have only lost a couple out of that number, which is good going. Now if only I could manage to do that with x ballardii seedlings. I can get the seed to germinate, I can dig up self sown ones, but nary a one have I ever managed to get to replanting size.

If you can get hold of it. H. thibetana is a beautiful thing, flowering for me in later January/early Feb.

Hellebore varieties - suggestions please

Posted: 22/10/2012 at 18:08

Now Mr .Jones. Helleborus x hybridus makes new roots during the colder months of the year, for some reason. That is why it is recommended to split or move them in October.

For those trying to transplant seedlings, never ever let the roots dry out, not even in the slightest. If digging up from the garden( self sown ones) drop them into a bucket ot water to bring back to the potting shed. Even a short distance can be fatal.


Posted: 21/10/2012 at 21:11

No idea, we have at various times bought all the colours available, now they are all the usual red.

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