David K

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Yellow leaves

Posted: 21/08/2015 at 09:07

Hi, Angela....I think we need to think where we are in the season. At this time of year it isn't usual to feed high nitrogen feed, which will promote new leaf growth that (because of their tenderness) may get damaged by winter frosts.

It would probably be preferable to feed 'Growmore', which is equally balanced in all three nutrients i.e nitrogen, phosphates & potash, followed by a mulch of garden compost or well rotted manure.

I note that 'Miracle Gro Shrub and Rose food' has an NPK rating 5-11-15, which being high in nitrogen & potash would make it an ideal spring feed.

Yellow leaves

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 21:05

It is maybe short of minerals such as iron or magnesium or needs a general fertilizer....although this should have been applied earlier in the season.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 12:12

On no, Lily.....I was thinking of 'good' music like this:




It's my birthday

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:51

Happy Birthday, Panda...hope you have a good one.

Music in the Garden

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:49

Wouldn't have had you down as a Wilson Picket fan, Lilily  

For me, prolly this was his best: www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGVGFfj7POA

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 11:40





Picotees are something like so.

Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 20/08/2015 at 09:11

I have to agree, it's been a below average summer in terms favourable weather for growing good sweet peas.

Turning our thoughts of buying & sowing our seed for next year, I would recommend (especially for cut flowers) looking at the frilly flowered, picotee varieties......Eagle's 'Fancy Collection' is one of the best I've tried.


Music in the Garden

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 19:10

Just to prove I enjoy good music too: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDhq70yrtiI


Growing Sweet Peas 2014/2015

Posted: 19/08/2015 at 09:27

Rosemummy - It's just a fact that SP stems will naturally shorten has the plant ages and gets weaker. Flowering from plants of autumn sown seed will be drawing to a close soon, whilst those from spring sown seed will (hopefully) go on into the autumn.

Having said that, there are some other factors to consider. Generally modern introductions have longer stems (a show-bench requirement) than older, say Spencer varieties. Also (as Lily says) patio & other varieties will have shorter stems.

To repeat what I've said many times, buy the best quality seed you can afford and make two sowings, autumn & spring.

Pyracantha - which variety to plant?

Posted: 18/08/2015 at 16:35

From one David to another, Hi.

I think probably the pyracantha variety 'Firethorn' would fit the bill. Max height & spread is 12' X 12', although you can prune it back to suit your requirements.

PS. If you are open to suggestions, maybe you would consider 'Cotoneaster Horizontalis'.

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