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Today at 17:31
Do you refresh the soil every year if it's in a pot? That's very important. It should also be in a good soil based medium, not just compost.
How big is the pot too? It might well be struggling badly if the pot's too small and the nutrients and water are lacking at all. Anything in a pot needs a lot more attention than when it's in the ground.
Today at 17:21
AwesomeSee original post
Would that be 'very awesome', or 'incredibly awesome' though?
Last edited: 22 September 2017 17:22:21
Today at 16:29
Afties all - haven't read back properly, just a quick scan, so I'll just say I hope everyone who is poorly will be on the mend soon. Any kind of pain is a drag, especially teeth. Fairy hugs for anyone who needs them.
Yesterday's bonny day didn't last, unfortunately, and it's rather unpleasant here. Looked like it was clearing up but it changed it's mind. Lovely clear sky last night though.
Lovely pic LP - I was admiring the trees along the road from my local Coop earlier - every shade from yellow and gold through to orange and scarlet. The female blackbirds have scoffed all the rowan berries on two of the trees in the little car park there. I love watching them
No hols here - we work all Bank and local holidays apart from the Christmas/New Year ones when it's quieter.
Good bargains there Hosta.
Glad you didn't have too much work when you got home BL. Makes your break more enjoyable
Today at 16:04
At least the plants haven't yet reached the "Amaaazingly perennial" stageSee original post
Only a matter of time philippa....
Today at 15:22
Soak thoroughly and they'll move on. As you've found, they like it nice and dry!
You may need to repair and replace parts if there are sunken areas. Sometimes their tunneling can cause a bit of subsidence. It depends how bad it is.
Today at 15:18
Fairy I had to take my sweet peas out two weeks ago
I've cut back the whites in pots, LP, but not the ones in the shadier border (also in a pot) - they're still going well. They really don't do as well in the sun as the darker types - even when we've had far less of it than usual.
Do you grow yours in the ground or in pots r'girl? I mainly grow in pots, but as I have a few gaps at the moment where I've been making new borders, I've had some in the ground this year. Much better without doubt, but all the soil is improved for them as it's heavy clay here. I mainly sow direct in mid/late spring, as they soon catch up with any sown a bit earlier, so it's not really worth doing. They're like teenagers if planted out in the cold temps too early - they just sulk and sit there doing nowt!
Know what you mean about the seasons, but I have a poor sense of smell where plants are concerned, so I quite like having them there by the bench - if I ever sit on it
Love the bee pic AuntyR
Today at 14:27
Interestingly - a few weeks back, he had a golden opportunity to show people how to sharpen tools, while gently rambling about sharop tools and the beauty of doing the job etc. He didn't though.
Last night, Jim (Beechgrove) did exactly that in a couple of minutes with a pair of secateurs.
Today at 14:14
Do you mean shredded newspaper, or sheets of it, as a mulch, oooft?
Shredded would be ok as the bulbs would grow through, us it would with bark etc, but sheets would be too solid for most bulbs to get through.
Yesterday at 18:41
Aaah Philippa - is that to lure in the unwary and trusting newbies, do you think?
Load of old billhooks
Yesterday at 18:03
Thanks Fairy and Doc...you are too kind
Is the cheque in the post Sheps?
Love that pine marten doc. Very jealous. I often wonder if people who have much rarer garden visitors ever take them for granted, or if they thank their lucky stars every day
Yesterday at 17:56
Obelixx is right - there won't be an issue with either metal.
Frogs etc will get through the gaps. As she says - just provide something suitable for them to climb up onto, if the pond doesn't have ledges, rocks, logs or similar at the edges.
Yesterday at 17:52
Willbara - Hosta is right. There's never 'just one stem' of knotweed. If it's not properly disposed of, it just spreads (and spread very quickly) to the detriment of lots of wildlife.
No one here on the forum particularly likes using weedkiller if they care about wildlife - of all types - but sometimes it's the best solution. Methods of clearing it have also improved, and the best one now is to inject the stems directly, and it's best done where there is reasonable growth. It's certainly the method most widely used up here. My ex husband's new garden was in serious danger from it when he moved in a few years ago, as there was an untamed area of council owned land next to it, rife with the stuff. Couple of visits, couple of applications, and it's now gone. Good news for everyone.
I think it's slightly unfair to criticise someone so heavily just because they have a differing opinion about it.
If only some weedkiller application could be as effective with that r**dy Rhododendron which is decimating my beautiful country
Yesterday at 17:44
A lot more than six feet unfortunately Gillian
Yesterday at 17:33
Hi Jean - plastic isn't ideal for storing any bulbs, as they're inclined to sweat, which leads to problems. I doubt there would be any lasting damage done, but normally, tulips need quite a cold environment to do well, so it might be worth putting them somewhere dry and cool if your temps are high. Over here (UK) we usually plant quite late in the year (October/November) when it's much cooler, as it helps prevents tulip virus
I've not often had bulbs with any blue mould on them, but there isn't usually any lasting issue Barry, as the others have said. It's the grey/black kind of mould that's a problem, and caused by dampness. Just keep an eye on yours, and make sure they aren't getting damp - it's quite a while till the ideal planting time if it's tulips, unless you're in a cooler area.
Yesterday at 17:23
Aye - crack on Dave
Would it be better moved out of the way altogether? Other people (workmen) aren't renowned for delicately placing their big feet, if you know what I mean....
2 days ago at 08:10
Old thread hazel...old rubbish
2 days ago at 08:06
No - contact the council in the first instance, as Dove says.
Unless you have the proper experience and qualification so use traps correctly, you can do a huge amount of harm.
2 days ago at 08:01
I love yew too Ppauper....
Hope the boiler continues working....
Morning people/afties Pat. Don't overdo it
You can gladly have mine chicky - don't say yes if the older one asks you to jigsaw a piece of acrylic though....
Greta news about your Dad. Big relief for you
Weather back to the norm - black clouds looming...rain to come. Oh well - the sunny day was nice even if I didn't really get to make the most of it.
Dacha Perhaps BH kicked him Dove
Enjoy your day Hosta. I'd better go and get myself together...no, not enough time for that - I'll settle for doing my teeth and getting a coat on....have a grand day all.
3 days ago at 21:37
I'd keep it simple s'byme. I think my post might have been a bit misleading as I didn't mean you should plant all of those suggestions - but pick one or two
If it's quite dry there, you may find the ajuga doesn't thrive so well long term, as it usually likes a good bit of moisture, but you'll just need to experiment a little. If you can add a good bit of well rotted manure into the bed over winter, that will help with moisture retention, but also helps drainage. Ideal for lots of plants. A good mulch after winter, when the ground is still damp, will also help prevent too much water loss. That will benefit the clematis, in particular
You could always add some small bulbs for a bit of winter/spring interest, which will help with a succession of flowers, and some extra colour.
3 days ago at 21:22
You're very posh r'girl - smoked salmon sandwich!