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watering garden with water from a shower

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:08

I stand a small bucket in the shower with me which collects the cold water before it warms up, and if placed just right will catch quite a bit as I move around. I never put the water on veg or newly planted items if it's soapy, but the established plants do'nt seem to mind.

MAGNOLIA GRANDIFLORA

Posted: 28/05/2012 at 21:04

My one is 20 years old and it always loses it's oldest leaves at this time of year. I've got some with brown and yellow patches on but the plant does not seem to be suffering. Could be due to the wet and warm spells, but I'm not worried too much as there's lots of new leaves and flower buds forming.

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 14:56

I've sent e-mails to both addresses as well.

Your thoughts please

Posted: 26/05/2012 at 14:44

Mine is in a pot and I just move it from it's summer place to a spot against the house. I used to fleece it when it was younger but didn't this last winter as it's now 4 years old. To help with the weight I keep the plant in a plastic pot and lift it out and move the planter separately. It's only 3ft tall at the moment but I'm sure in time I'll have to find a space for it to be planted in the garden.

Help with Identification please

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:36

Flowers look like greater stitchwort, but the leaves don't look the same as the photo in my Wild flower book.

clay soil late summer flowers (slug proof but bee friendly)

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:30

I've got clay soil and I have several plants that bloom Aug/sept. I love my heliopsis, tall yellow daisy flowers.Like to spread so keep it under control, but it will bloom for a good 8-9 weeks. Valerian, michaelmas daisy, marigolds, golden rod, gaillardia, all seem to love the clay. A favourite is Hypericum 'Magical red star' has pretty yellow flowers which fade and scarlet red berries follow, so the colour goes on for ages.

Hope I've been some help. I keep a diary of whats flowering and when, so I can see at a glance when plants are at their best,

Your thoughts please

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 22:12

I've got a fabulous Fatsia japonica (castor oil plant) that I think meets your requirement. Large shiny leaves, not quite lime green but bright green. Even has candelabra-like flowers in October. Grows to about 10 ft. There is a variegated type available. I love mine , it's big and bold!

B&Q M.Purpose Compost Issues.

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:52

There was even a comment about the quality of MPC's on Peter Seabrook's gardening page of a popular newspaper on May 12th, under the heading 'SICK OF CON-POST'

"Sales of compost in April were around 38% down on last year and, as usual, the producers are simply blaming the rain.But shouldn't they also look at whether people are getting fed up with poor results from the growing media they buy? Recently we have had compost containing glass, Formica and wood. As material such as wood breaks down it takes in nitrogen-a substance vital to plant growth. Without it the plant dies. Losing plants in this way is a waste of time and money. Maybe if compost performed like it used to, sales figures would look better."

I doubt if this comment was from the man himself, but we need someone with some clout to start doing something about it.

Cucumbers

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:18

I've just planted my q's into the greenhouse today. I make sure the stems don't get too wet by sinking a piece of drainpipe or a plant pot with the bottom cut off into the soil  nearby. Then I only water into that and the water goes down to near the roots. Works for me, not had any rot so far.

Need help identifying

Posted: 24/05/2012 at 12:13

Looks a bit like spiraea trilobata from the small leaves I can see. Have a look at this site.http://www.whiteflowerfarm.com/67436-product.html

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