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Repotting pond iris

Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:11

Horses for courses. 

MD was talking about creating a wildlife pond - the additional of nutrient-rich compost to a wildlife pond would upset the balance.

The National Collection Holders were talking about growing show quality Japanese iris - the plants were their priority rather than the pond - they recommended using ordinary garden soil rather than specialist aquatic compost.

You have to understand the context in which information is given


Posted: 12/04/2015 at 07:03

Good morning all

Hosta, did you need one of these?

 Panda, tell me about leg room in theatre - few have enough room for my length of leg, and you're taller than me!  Dents in knees are common around here!  It's ok for blokes, in general they have longer backs and shorter legs proportionately - we women have longer legs that aren't catered for!   But I'm glad you still had a lovely time

I haven't put money on a racehorse since I backed a horse my cousin trained in the Grand National - it was leading 3 fences from home then the jockey somehow fell off - the horse, (Smart Tar) still came in first but they don't count it if he does it on his own  

We have blue skies and sunshine here - a gardening day ahead?

Too much leaf, not enough flower!

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:17

Hi Tomsk - could you take some photos of the plants for us - then we can see whether your plants are behaving fairly normally or whether there's something amiss

Daffodils dying back

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 19:00

You're worrying unnecessarily Ommthree   , but they might be a little bit dry perhaps? 

Give them a feed (liquid seaweed fertiliser is good) and keep them just damp until the leaves are totally dead. 

I would then plant them in the garden or if you don't have the space, then wait until the autumn and plant them up again in a pot of fresh compost.


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:51

Try the Calypso variety, as this responds well to 'cut and come again', whereas most varieties tend to run to seed.

Bay Tree Problem

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:47

 I find that my potted bay responds very well to a regular spraying of diluted seaweed liquid during the late spring and summer - perks it up no end


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:42

Hello folks! 

Don't Panic Folks!!!  KEF's having a couple of days away visiting rellies  

Hope everyone's survived today's set of frustrations

We escaped from the GC with a bag of ericaceous compost, a tray of violas, a bag of gladioli corms (her Grandpa's favourites ), a pot of chives and some little snippers for dead-heading - not bad going really   I loaded the boot with a pot of divided deep pink Japanese anemones, pots of Cyclamen hederifolium, a thriving honeysuckle cutting and a potted deep red paeony that I bought for wuppence from Wilko's last year and grew on for her.  That lot will keep her busy   She's been busy laying a new path of old recycled bricks (she managed to squash her thumb joint at the same time) - her garden's right in the middle of the town and it's lovely and full of birds - even blackcaps and bullfinches


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:24

Consider the Everlasting Sweet Pea (Lathyrus latifolius)  - not half as much bother as ordinary sweet peas - tough as old boots once they get going, and covered with flowers all summer.  The only thing they don't have is the scent - but they have a lot of other things to recommend them

Mysterious Rhizome

Posted: 11/04/2015 at 18:06

Yes, pot it up in some nice compost, put it in a sheltered corner and wait - looking forward to pics of some leaves - I love a mystery


Posted: 11/04/2015 at 10:29

We've got a pair of greenfinches too!!!   Haven't had any here for a couple of years but now ... Hurrah!!!

Also a very tame robin - his missus must be nesting nearby

Right, taking daughter to the GC for some ericaceous compost - see you tonight folks!

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