London (change)
Today 17°C / 9°C
Tomorrow 16°C / 9°C

david spikes

Latest posts by david spikes

May In Your Garden

Posted: 27/05/2012 at 21:03

beauty of worcester-opens double on old wood, single on new

May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:01

rainjustlearning-rosa l.d. braithwaite

May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:58

after six weeks of above average temps. last night it rained and then light snow this morning-the garden loved it-the greens incredibly intense. a remarkable year, everything seems twice as big as in other years-20 stalks on your eremurus-great

May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:51


May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:50


May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:49



Posted: 22/05/2012 at 22:38

the dahlia tubers which were captious all spring to the point of despair, mine, not theirs, have gotten down to business, perhaps too much so.

the gardener new to dahlias might very well rejoice at the forest of sprouts-but don't do it. we all know that four canes per plant will give many medium flowers; two will give a few large blooms and one strictly managed and disbudded will produce a giant flower which the wind will snapoff on the day it opens.

just tossing most of the sprouts seems harsh, but on the other hand making more dahlias when the garden hardly has room for the 25 or 30 we already have seems foolish, but oh the joys of propagation. is there a better way to know our plants than by making more?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 20:34

iris tectorum, the sun went behind a cloud just at totality which in a way was even more spectacular-like a dragon behind the clouds. the weather was better than good. as long as the drainage is good the dahlias can go in any time, they just won't grow much til it heats up-not the problem here-the question is what to do with all the extra sprouts-when we only have room for 25 or 30 dahlias it seems silly to make more, yet propagation is so entertaining.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 20:26


Posted: 20/05/2012 at 21:14

Discussions started by david spikes

just curious

Replies: 0    Views: 233
Last Post: 04/04/2012 at 20:47

searching for seeds

stuff i want 
Replies: 1    Views: 505
Last Post: 29/02/2012 at 23:53

Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
Replies: 4    Views: 550
Last Post: 08/05/2012 at 10:26


all through the year 
Replies: 72    Views: 5039
Last Post: 15/04/2014 at 20:25
4 threads returned