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Best Compost 2013

Posted: 21/06/2013 at 08:19

Sainsburys are doing 2 x 50lt for £6, has anyone tried it? was planning buying some to fill up my raised beds.

Kitchen Spam

Posted: 20/06/2013 at 08:41

I like your way of thinking blackest makes a lot of sense.

what to grow

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 07:25

thanks everyone, I like courgettes could I do them?

what to grow

Posted: 12/06/2013 at 08:19

When my tatties, onions and garlic are ready in a couple of weeks can somebody advice what other veg I could put in then. many thanks

advice please

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 10:06

thank you, very helpful. can you also help me with another problem, how can I stop myself from buying plants! 

How long until my philadelphus/ mock orange flowers?

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 09:54

The Mock Orange - Philadelphus varieties - are well known for their heady scent - especially on an early summer morning or evening! Correct pruning is essential for this group of early summer flowering shrubs.

Prune too early and you will lose the flower buds for the current year. Prune too late and the shrub will not have enough time in the growing season to provide flowering stems for the following year. Don't panic - we are here with information and advice upon when and how to prune your Philadelphus.

There are several Philadelphus - Mock Oranges - that need regular annual pruning in order to flower well with a spectacular display in early summer.  We take you through the simple procedure of pruning Philadelphus to ensure that you have a stunning show of pure white flowers year after year.

Philadelphus Belle Etoile - One of the less vigorous varieties, noted for the light purple centre to the pure white flower. © David Hughes 2008

Most shrubs that flower at this time of year (early summer - image taken 17th June) depend upon flowering stems that were grown by the plant in the previous year (Growing season). If you prune Philadelphus too late - late summer or autumn- fall - for instance, then the shrub will not have enough time to make flowering stems

Hope this helps

advice please

Posted: 08/06/2013 at 09:22

Have just purchased 3 phormiums Jester,Rainbow Queen and Yellow Wave, do I need to protect these plants in winter and if so how? live in the Highlands of Scotland. many thanks

O.T. just thought you might like this.

Posted: 07/06/2013 at 07:01

AMAZING. thank you for sharing it.

advice please

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 08:03

Have just bought 10cm box plants which were potted on 2 weeks ago do I grow them on or could I plant out at this size, also what can I do to the ground where they will be going to give them the best start. Thanks


Posted: 04/06/2013 at 06:22

Thanks Dove, glad i listened to you they have all blown away.

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