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Posted: 30/03/2017 at 06:53

Radolpo - I have quite heavy clay soil and mine normally last 2or 3 years before disappearing.  I top up every autumn now, to keep the display going strong. Love alliums 

Never grown sweetcorn with them though - maybe Chloe is talking about onions rather than the ornamental alliums?

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 30/03/2017 at 06:48

LilyP - there aren't really rules, as such, but the bit in Tootles quote above sets out what to do.  So when we have decided which plant to go for we all order, from the same site, at around the same time.  Then we compare notes every step of the way  Lots of pics last year helped us on our journey

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 06:47

Morning Dove. Me.... sneak?  Never 

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 29/03/2017 at 06:30

Morning  Although must feel like afternoon already for Kitty.  

Good luck getting through the next couple of days LG .....endings are always tricky, but there's a beginning about to start

Got home in the light yesterday .  But a bit cold/drizzly by then (had been lovely earlier) for a bike ride so pricked out some seedlings in the GH instead.  First midweek gardening of the year ......woop woop . Not sure if they will survive - very leggy zinnias that I had to bury up to their necks.  Don't grow them very often, so must remember next year that they are like Cosmos and need sowing later.  Will pop over to the GH as soon as the sun rises to check how they are doing.  Think that might just count as the second midweek gardening of the year 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 28/03/2017 at 06:52

Great job Tootles. I'd have a place for each of those, with a very slight preference for the helenium (but only slight.....happy to go with the others if anyone else has a stronger pull).

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Posted: 28/03/2017 at 06:25


Hope you have a speedy recovery GWRS - make sure you take it easy for a bit.

Another glorious day here yesterday - shame I spent most of it trapped inside. Am going to try and escape early this evening for the first bike ride of the season 🚴🚴🚴

How to prune 3 stem Annabelle Hydrangea?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 22:23

I think there are two schools of thought with H. Annabelle.  One says cut all the stems back quite hard - I have never been that brave, but its meant to give you even bigger flowers.  I have never been that brave and I cut mine back to a sprouting bud at about this time of year.  If its a newly planted shrub, I would suggest you do the same this year, to let it get a bit more established.  

One of my favourite plants EVER 

Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 22:10

Me four 

How about something for a sunny spot this year ?

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Anyone up for a little experiment? Could be fun?

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 09:06

This is what my seedling looked like at dawn this morning

Hope thats what it is and I'm not cultivating a weed (wouldn't be the first time )

Hello Forkers - March Thread

Posted: 27/03/2017 at 06:34

Oh dear Hosta - what a rubbish night. Good luck with the grass.

Enjoy your little bit of Indian summer Pat

What a great weekend.  Apart from the glorious weather, the Garden Festival was great - I had picked 3 excellent speakers, and the gardens at the venue were lovely (in a grand way) too.  Then yesterday we took a trip out to a local-ish waste contractor who is going to deliver us a lorry load of recycled green waste/soil conditioner so that I can treat my flower beds. We bought 3 bags home as a sample, and it is lovely stuff.  Spread it already, and it makes the beds look great very happy Chicky 

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