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Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:38

Good to see you Blackest - would be great to see pictures of your garden 1 year on - if i remember rightly, this time last year you were tackling loads of new projects


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 10:32

Marion - if you are sowing rudbeckias, why don't you give Indian Summer a try - they are my favourite variety - pure gold - and would suit this year's theme very well



Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:55

Snap Fairy - grass here too ( and lots of moss - but at least its green)


Posted: 23/03/2014 at 09:03

Morning - lovely here again.  I fleeced our pieris last night - fed up of always losing the bright red new shoots to frost - will do so again tonight.  Magnolia much too big for that, so just keep fingers crossed that the buds that haven't burst properly yet escape.

just realised clocks change next week - so i will get to see my garden and GH in the evenings too  Hooray

Heated Propagators

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 19:10

I love my heated windowsill propagator - been using it for a good few years now and nearly everything germinates - whereas before it was hit and miss.  Once seeds are up they get moved to another windowsill, with no heat, and grow on slowly but happily til the clocks go back, when they get pricked out and put in an unheated GH.  I do it once the evenings are lighter, so that i can check on them (lids/fleece etc when frost is forecast) before and after work.  Works for me .....

magnolia stellata

Posted: 22/03/2014 at 19:00

We grew 2 stellatas in pots for about 10 years and they were fine (although they were big pots).  They are now in the ground, and still doing well. At the time we were advised to use a soil based compost rather than multipurpose in the pots.


Posted: 22/03/2014 at 18:26

Lovely here, apart from a short hailstorm.  Done lots more weeding and tidying and discovering new shoots.  Decided to leave operation GH move til next weekend - seemed silly to have things exposed for the night when frost is forecast.  But hope we can do it next weekend - i have lots of dahlia tubers to get in pots, and don't want to do it til GH is settled.

Had a result on some bareroot heleniums i ordered - meant to be three, and there were only two in the pack.  They sent me a replacement - but sent another 3pack - which this time had 4 plants in.  So now i have 6.  Maybe their packers can't count. They are Sahins early - never grown that sort before, but my others flower non stop all summer

Sorry others have been dodging showers - but glad barge trip was good.  Just watched the CK clip - great stuff, David K


Posted: 21/03/2014 at 08:45
Vacuums definitely a no-no ! Glad you are feeling better after your tumble. Stacey - pleased to hear about your thalictrum shoot - will have a furtle for mine tomorrow.
On a train to Londinium - busy day ahead, so not quite ready to start looking forward to the w/end yet ...... Will check in on my way home, when hopefully my gardening mojo will have returned


Posted: 20/03/2014 at 06:55

Morning Andy - seems like winter is about to return here too.  What sort of things were in your bulb order?

some of my seedlings are starting to develop their true leaves - dahlias in particular are romping away

New perrenials... Should i protect?

Posted: 19/03/2014 at 22:59

I usually pot all my new perennials up and keep them out of the cold at this time of year - can you peg fleece over them?  All your new plants are hardy varieties, but it depends what conditions they have been growing in recently - they might well have been mollycoddled, in which case a frost will be a shock

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Indoor hyacinths - are they ready for some light??

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Wisley Outing - sunday 7th Sept

Does anyone want to meet up? 
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Anyone know a good one? 
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Any ideas 
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Cap on soil

Do I need to break it before mulching? 
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Plant id - looks like pulmonaria but the leaves are wrong

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TV gardening programmes

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When is the best time to prune Group 3 clematis?

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Can i grow a Mahonia in a pot?

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