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Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:30

Good morning Stacey - glad the day has dawned 'sunny' for you.  As for water butts - You too can have one 

Pelargonium Lord Bute

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:27

It's not frost hardy so it needs to be indoors in a frostfree place - a cool windowsill in the house is fine if you don't have a frost-free greenhouse.

Just remove faded flowers  and just keep it on the dampish side of dry over the winter.  

In the spring you can re-pot and trim it back lightly to encourage bushy growth, and use the trimmings as cuttings so you'll have lots of Lord Butes to give to your friends or just to keep and enjoy for yourself - it's a gorgeous colour 

New garden

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:14

Oh Hollie hock - that looks completely and absolutely blissful - now I understand why you grabbed that opportunity - be very happy there 

(And don't forget to let Santa know your new address )

Still got problems with Forum

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:10

I think there are several problems with PM's which are on the list to be sorted - it's just that these things are never straightforward apparently - it's just as well that  gardeners know all about being patient 

Laurel plants

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 07:07

March is not a good time to prune if the hedge is a regular nesting site for birds!  The end of January at the very latest. 

Dreaded Dandelions

Posted: 09/11/2013 at 06:58

Hi Ahmadmirza - some of those dandelions can be tough, and of course getting the doseage of the weedkiller right is tricky.  I have a similar problem as when we moved here the gardens had been neglected for 20 years and now that I'm retired I have time to tackle it properly - this past year we've just been mowing to prevent the dandelions from seedng and infesting the neighbours' gardens.  

I've got some weed and feed which I shall give a go in the spring.  In the meantime I shall do as you and use a Daisy Grubber - they do work once you get the knack - but it could mean several days on my hands and knees on the lawn - OH might have to haul me back to the vertical after that  

I know it makes a mess of the lawn, but if you do it in the winter, by the time you've fertilised it in the spring it'll soon perk up and the mess will be all gone.  In fact, while the lawn's looking a mess it might be a good idea to give it a good rake and spike it all over with a fork to aerate it - then it'll be fantastic next year. 

Alternatively you can use the 'paintbrsh and glyphosate method', but you've still got to pull them out when they've gone brown. 

Good luck 


Posted: 09/11/2013 at 06:49

Good morning folks   Hope we're all waking refreshed this morning  And for you poor things who've had to endure the rigours of the working week  I hope you're in for a relaxing weekend 

My OH has gone to work as he's doing 6.30 until 5 today - and tomorrow he'll have to get up early as we must head down south in time to pick up my Aged Ps for the Parade - my son will push his Grandpa in the parade as he has always done since he's been unable to march.  After the parade we'll return them to their lovely carers and we'll go and have a roast dinner somewhere - my son says he's organising something. 

I think OH will then come home and sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep 

Gardening programmes

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 20:00

I was smitten with Geoffrey Smith - when I'm on Desert Island Discs my luxury will be a recording of him on GQT waxing lyrical about all the plants you can grow in a shady garden 


Posted: 08/11/2013 at 19:57

Oh dear - here you are Stacey - especially for you


I want to grow again

Posted: 08/11/2013 at 19:52

It might look good in front of clematis Daniel Deronda?

I only like auriculas in pots or in gravel patches outside little Victoran outhouses with doors painted a faded greeny-grey.  As I don't have a little Victorian outhouse of that description, I shall have to grow mine in pots - I have a sheltered wall I can put the pots on so they will be raised up to nearly chest height and so we will be able to see them perfectly. 

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