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saving condensate water

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 22:27

Well, I have read up on a couple of sites about this, and indeed I was incorrect and answered without finding out - for which I apologise.  There seems to be a variety of opinions as to how acidic this condensate can be, some saying it is only a little bit and others saying it can be corrosive.  It seems that the overall opinion is to use the soak away and not use it in the garden - unless you find out further. 

Does anyone talk to their plants?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:05

Of course, how else do they know you love them, and how else do you encourage them?  Stroking is also important - maybe when slightly bigger!

Container grown Acer

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 19:04

There are so many gorgeous acers out there - we have several in pots where they seem to be very happy - some of them have been in pots for nearly 17 years.  They need a good sized pot, out of the wind (which they all dislike),  good drainage but otherwise are not difficult to care for.  As with all potted plants you must do for it all the things it cannot do for itself in a controlled space.  Water during growth, with some decent feed - I use organic pelleted chicken manure in April.    They stay put all winter with no special protection, they've frozen, been covered in snow, and lots of sunshine and they thrive well.  We have a few reds and a pale green, plus a gorgeous snake bark - don't rush into a decision - you'll have to live with it for a long time. 

Maybe have a look in a good garden book for some that appeal to you?  If you get a chance to go to a larger garden show you will see lots of red and beautiful acers - hard to choose just one!

 

 

Help to ID a fairly common plant please?

Posted: 11/03/2014 at 18:57

Sounds exactly like the hosta you seem to think it isn't - why do you not think it is a hosta?  Do have another go with a picture if you can, does help a great deal. 

saving condensate water

Posted: 10/03/2014 at 16:56

Can think of no reason why not - but I'm no water expert - but offhand it seems a good idea. It will be particularly clean I imagine, and thus very good for seedlings which tend to damp off with the bugs that can gather in rain water if left for a while.  Keep it all covered, and I imagine you are on to a winner. 

Seedaholicism

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 21:52

Great idea, will have aloof and see what ones would be of any use - but many may be out of date, are these still welcome?

Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 03/03/2014 at 10:18

Interesting what you say about nettles now Verdun, I often feel that the tiny new leaves from those tremendously long roots, sting like absolute blazes!!  Maybe because we've had a break from them for a while and haven't become de-sensitised yet?

Seedaholicism

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:12

I tipped out my large hessian bag of seed packets, it lives hanging on a hook in the back porch and is disguised under muddy raincoats and such like, so doesn't look too obvious. The resulting packets covered several feet of work surface, were lovingly examined, dreamed about,  and replaced in the bag, bar 2 that I might sow soon.  However, I realise that there are also other places where there are seeds - on the dresser where I have little brown envelopes of seeds I've collected in the garden, someone elses garden, or somewhere un-named!! There are also a few packets next to the bread maker - and some open ones in a certain jacket pocket.  Yes folks, I too am a seedaholic ……….

Boundary hedging

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:03

Several, mostly connected with jealousy that you have such a lovely area to start again!! 

A few people mentioned laurels, but I thought you said rhododendrons formed the hedge - either way, if it is formality you want then yew seems a good choice, though it is slow. Holly can and does make a beautiful formal border with its shine in the winter,  it takes a very hard clip and looks good all year round, but is also not of the fastest.  Still, you never said you wanted speed. 

Helleborus argutifolius?

Posted: 02/03/2014 at 15:00

Lovely that we all enjoy our plants for so many different reasons, including the smells that are not usually recognised as perfume - yet another of the joys of gardening.

On a sweeter note, the shrub honeysuckle is in full flower and the perfume of that is wonderful, just a twig or two gives a wonderful out door touch to the house. 

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