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Does anyone recognise this?

Posted: 25/04/2015 at 22:42

Yes, Solomon's Seal for certain.

I'm only posting to say it's worth keeping an eye out for hungry colonies of a particularly pest (caterpillar I think) that will attack Soloman's Seal if it finds it: it reduced my plants to virtual skeletons a year or two ago.

I'm not sure when they come but I believe the remedy (and/or prevention) I used was Derris Powder - something recommended in a rather dated gardening book I had. Not sure whether it's still on the market; there may be something else better recommended nowadays.

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Posted: 17/04/2015 at 08:30

Oh... By the way "gear deniers' (in my earlier post) was my iPad's typo for 'gardeners' - not an oblique reference to some sort of nylon stocking... 

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Posted: 17/04/2015 at 07:25
I think that's only when they're wearing nylon stockings Edd.

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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:52

Oh... By the way "gear deniers' (in my earlier post) was my iPad's typo for 'gardeners' - not an oblique reference to some sort of nylon stocking... 

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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:49

Yes, Edd... 

Er, yes Edd... 

Sorry Edd 

trailing begonias

Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:40

I successfully overwintered begonias from 2013 last year (2013-14) by allowing all the soil on them to dry out and then knocking it off carefully and keeping them in boxes and trays on thick newspaper, but not covered up (To avoid mould).

Around Feb /March 2014 I covered them in trays of slightly damp general purpose compost and left them for a few weeks just keeping the compost slightly moist. Eventually new shoots appeared (Around April). That's when I potted them into troughs, pots and hanging baskets.

I did the drying out process again this year by putting them on a rack to air dry.  The reviving stage has been less successful because I think I accidentally used a mixture of new compost and spent compost. Nothing happened. I thought I'd lost them but on uncovering them all discovered that most of them are just about showing new growth at last. I've recovered them with new compost and abject apologies for mistreating them and am now hoping I've done enough to bring them back. In the meantime they staying in the greenhouse until I'm sure there's no more risk of frost.

 

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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:18

Sorry - I posted before I realised we'd changed the subject...

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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 23:16

I'd not thought of the drying out aspect, just thought of the sort of pots I'd seen in certain 'quality' gardens - but I suppose they had gear deniers to keep on top of the watering.

But isn't  there also some benefit to the soil being able to 'breathe' through the terracotta?

Also, if a terracotta pot gets a bit dry you can rehydrate it from the sides as well as from the top or bottom by dunking it or standing it in deep water - not that I ever let my pots dry out of course! 

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Posted: 16/04/2015 at 22:56

So did I - last weekend - they looked very good value.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 23/03/2015 at 18:49

Raked level the border I finished clearing yesterday.

A different view from yesterday photo of earlier in the year...

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/70778.jpg?width=742&height=350&mode=max

Now I've got to remove the pyracantha and all its roots  - a job for next week. (On holiday til then).

Then the fun part - redesigning and planting up. 

 

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