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Today at 19:01
Yup - too early if they're not filling the pot well enough with roots. I know you're keen to get them going, but you risk damage if you try to shift them when they aren't ready. They'll come on quite quickly now that the weather is warming up a bit more.
Today at 15:26
I'm guessing you'll have a bit of exposure there Marni. If that's the case it would be worth installing a bit of wind protection to combat that as well. Wind causes a lot of damage to young plants too.
Apologies if you already have a wind barrier in the garden!
scroggin - I sowed sweet peas in the third week of March, put in the cold frame. Sowed more in pots mid April and left outside. They all look the same now - the later ones caught up. It's why I rarely bother sowing early. I only did it this year to get a head start and because it was warmer in March than usual!
Today at 14:48
Better to deadhead them Yvie - the alchemilla. It's surprising how sturdy the roots are on even a tiny plant....
Today at 14:31
I would do that if I was you Marni. They'll produce more leaves I think - hopefully!
If you can, it might be worth sowing a few more as back up anyway. They'll catch up quite quickly and won't take long to harden off as it would be end of May by the time they were any size, and it should be ok for them to go outside then. Having a bit of fleece to hand is useful for the nights that colder weather's forecast too.
This gardening lark's never easy is it?
Today at 14:27
You've probably done the right thing Lucid - sorry I couldn't reply earlier as I was dashing out to work!
I have some three inch (75mm) posts that I use for edging on a border at the front of the house - they were a temporary thing, but I may fix them in properly as they're just the right height for edging there, and it makes it easier to keep the mower level. That might be an option for you, depending on the shapes you need. Alternativley - you can cut them to the height you want and concrete them in vertically. Bit cheaper than sleepers too. Bricks or pavers concreted in make good edges, but again, the price can make that a bit expensive.
Today at 14:20
Sorry - but you just have to keep applying weedkiller at regular intervals. You can also pull it out every time you see it as that helps weaken it, but the ones that look 'asparagus' like are the fruiting bodies. Hack them off at the ankles before they seed everywhere.
It's one of the oldest living things on the planet - so it's a battle you'll never win! Covering it just makes it send it's roots underground and it'll pop up somewhere else - usually the edge of whaterver you cover it with! You just have to keep controlling it as best you can I'm afraid
Today at 14:16
I think you'll struggle to get much to establish there. I can get away with planting under conifers, but only because we have a lot of rain - even in summer. I'm not surprised the hydrangea isn't doing well.
You might get hardy geraniums to take - and once established, they'll be fine. It would be worth improving the soil drastically first, and when you plant anything, really drown it with water and then mulch. If you can raise the crown of any of those conifers, that will help as well.
Take a look at Long Acres nursery online - they specialise in plants for shade of all types.
Today at 14:08
Night Pat - sleep well
LP - how typical! Glad you got a few cuddles, but hope you're all right
Do you think DD is in there now? Sending fairy hugs anyway...
Joyce - Mamores hopefully. Forecast has changed half a dozen times since Wednesday, but Sunday is looking promising. It's a bank holiday too , so I expect hills will be busy - unfortunately. Will take crampons just in case, and I'll make sure I don't forget my knee braces this time....
Hosta - what are we going to do with you? Not safe to be let out on your own....
Hope they can get to the bottom of it (no pun intended ) but it does sound like kidney stones.
I wonder if Yvie has remortgaged the house....
Double figures here, so I might get some stuff done outside. Grass to cut, and a few things to lift and split.
Today at 14:01
I'd agree with Liri. They can survive quite a bit of frost. Mine has had umpteen sessions of it this winter, and they often have rough foliage through winter anyway, but I leave all the ropey bits on until it warms up and I can snip them off. The new growth is always a bit more susceptible anyway. It'll come back.
Today at 08:07
The red foliage often turns green I think, ms.G - but do you mean yours is losing foliage? The new foliage can be damaged by frost.
Today at 08:01
It looks a bit sickly so I'm guessing either the soil's wrong for it, it's waterlogged or it's too dry. Has it established in the hole it's in? If it's a bit root bound when planted, the roots may not have been growing outwards into the space.
Can you give some more info and also a view of what else is around it? Photos would help with advice too.
Today at 07:55
I can't open your link, but you need the long handled kind for doing the edges. Like a pair of scissors. You can also get the same thing but with horizontal blades for doing the surface of the edges. I just use toe first kind though.
I see that log edging everywhere - but it's not very good for a grass edge. It usually collapses, and people clearly have the same issue because there's always loads of weeds and random bits of grass sticking up! It's worthwhile investing in a decent edge so that you can mow right up and over the edges, or not bothering with anything at all. Create a little 'ditch' between the grass edge and the border, making a slight slope upwards. Easier to get the edges clipped really neatly then
Today at 07:47
Morning all/afties Pat if you're there
Haven't read back beyond this page, but welcome Kayleigh - hope you enoy the forum.
Have a great trip chicky - are you actually leaving on a jet plane....
Loads of pix please.
What has Hosta been doing? Has he been in the wars again?
Not a bad looking day here at the moment. There's been a few sharp sleety/rainy showers and a lot of wind since yesterday, but it's quite benign now. It's usually wind and driving rain that wrecks our gardens at this time of year Dove. You learn very quickly not to grow susceptible plants - although I can't help myself with tulips! Been for a little walk/run for an hour and all ready for the day....well sort of. I wonder who'll phone with the usual plea 'help - I forgot to order my rosettes for this weekend....'
I'll have a look round before I go - and will catch you all later. Have a grand day.
Yesterday at 12:37
It's probably struggling to get decent moisture and nutrition too - judging by the bottom of it. If you can clear a bit more space there, and give it some help with manure/compost/ water / a feed and a mulch, it should stand up to some pruning and new training as Hosta describes.
They need a fair bit of moisture, and it may be finding it difficult to get enough in the location it's in.
Yesterday at 12:33
Once they find the restaurant - they'll just keep coming back. Some years they will be worse than others. There's a very good way of dealing with them, but you may not want to go down that route....
Otherwise - you'll just have to create physical barriers round anything susceptible....
...and that's probably everything
Yesterday at 12:28
Looks like Willow herb. Very invasive unfortunately. It spreads annually and perennially. A lawn weed and feed would probably shift it. It's probably in the neighbouring borders or a neighbouring garden, but could be seeding in from elsewhere too.
Yesterday at 12:26
Let us know what you get Dennis - and a couple of pix when it's planted too. Good luck with it
2 days ago at 21:36
They don't need feeding Amanda - only do that when they set the first truss of fruits.
Just concentrate on keeping a regular watering regime. Inconsistent watering causes splitting of fruits. Have you only nipped out side shoots, or taken the top out? I agree with Daisy that it looks like you have two plants there. In any case, try and get some better support for them soon, or you risk them breaking. The stems are quite fleshy and get very heavy, so that can happen very suddenly.
The excess heat has probably forced them a bit which is why they're so big. They probably don't have as big a root system as they would have had if they'd grown a little more slowly.
2 days ago at 21:27
It's looking really great Yvie. The equisetum is great for a bit of vertical height. It's one I got right away as my pond is tiny and it gives a bit of evergreen foliage too.
It's surprising how quickly the marginal plants and other planting fills out . You can always add a few things in pots if you think it looks a bit bare. Even a couple of nice big pots on their own would be a good feature temporarily.
2 days ago at 21:20
It's a great series AuntyR. Very similar to the Scandi dramas. It's on nationwide next month on BBC4. I've recommended it to everyone at work. Think I'm the only one there that's watched it.