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David K

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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 10:36

Yes indeed, FG.....I would just say that camellias grown in pots will need more attention paid to feeding and watering, which would include a feed of ericaceous fertilizer after flowering.......don't feed in the autumn as the resultant new growth may result in frost damage. 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 17/04/2016 at 09:30

GD - Thank you....I have this philosophy about gardening, I feel that too much TLC results in weaker plants that are prone to pests & disease.

Therefore perhaps it will be no surprise when I tell you that in all of its 20 years, my camellia  has never been fed. Having said that, I do make sure that the soil doesn't dry-out during the late summer when the following season's buds are setting......if this is neglected, there is a risk of bud-drop when they start to flower.

Of course, the above doesn't say that I choose the planting position & soil type very carefully. 

Thought for Lyn

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 18:49

Lyn, I've read your recent posts regarding your Pa's final weeks & days with much admiration and sadness....I'm sure not many of us could have faced that situation with such strength and fortitude.

Take care.

Tulip Spade Monty!!??

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 11:45

Back to the 'Tulip spade'......didn't see the program, but it hasn't gone unnoticed, the vast array of gimmicky tools on display at Longmeadow..... and indeed the number if threads here, asking where they can buy them.......doh!!!

I've no idea (or want to know) the practices that operate at Mr D's place, but am familiar with what took place at Clack's Farm when Arthur Billitt hosted GW from there. All of the greenhouses were freebies from 'Alton', as were most tools, seeds (always Suttons) and other items.

Call me a cynic, but it does sometimes amaze me how gullible we, the GPP are.   

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 16/04/2016 at 10:54

 My pink camellia, 'Water Lily'...standing 10ft tall with hundreds & hundreds of blooms.


Posted: 15/04/2016 at 12:29

Buxus have a shallow root system without a taproot..... having said that, I would imagine keeping them watered & fed in six inches of soil would be a pain, especially during the summer.

Time to clip is early June, old gardeners used to recommend Derby Day as a memorable reminder.

Monty Don's box hedging at Longmeadow is a good example of clipping at the wrong time.

Best seed compost?

Posted: 12/04/2016 at 11:34

JI for me too, but it does vary a little, depending on the quality of the loam used.


Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:58
Aster2 wrote (see)

Will do, David K, thank you very much on behalf of my seedlings!


You're welcome.....hope I don't sound bossy, I just want everyone to succeed .

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:57

They're looking healthy, GD.....I see the Sugar & Spice are starting to creep towards the edge of their pot.

Sweet Pea Know How

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:37

Aster - much depends on the weather and just how warm your windowsill has been. For certain they need to be hardened-off to stop the leggy growth......perhaps put them into your mini greenhouse during the day & bringing them back indoors overnight, for say a week. Then, as I suggested earlier in my message at 17 27.


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