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What to do with new Camelia ?

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 12:06

They're very tough shrubs, so as long as it's previously been outside and not cossetted in a GC or similar, then I'd follow the advice already given and put it outside. If you're not sure how it's been grown, then take a week or so to prepare it for the winter outdoors and keep it out of the worst weather initially till it's happy. They need plenty of moisture especially in late summer when the new buds are forming.

They grow very happily up here in Scotland so just replicate those conditions - lots of rain 

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:56

Had a flashback there Edd - looks like my ex mother in law.........

Bossy Birds!

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:54

Who are you calling a fat bird Edd?...

Starlings here definitely but I had a cunning plan with my hanging table....and it seems to be far 

leaf mold

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:52

Some heathers aren't acid lovers though - so just check which ones you have before you plant!

Happy Christmas

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 11:51

Thanks and Merry Christmas to all of you too Daniel. 

The forum's a great place and has offered so much help and  advice to so many people...and not just about gardening! 


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:40

What a lot some of you are dealing with. Clari and DD - I hope you get the phone call you're hoping for, and at least you have those beautiful biscuits to help DD  My kitchen table is currently groaning under the weight of the biscuits my eldest daughter has made...

Matty - what a lovely surprise for you -  and  a little of ray of sunshine for the darker days.

Happy birthday Mr Dove - will there be cake? I'm ever hopeful 

Glad things are getting sorted Verd. It will put your mind at rest. Don't spoil that niece of yours now.. 

doc - I ate a load of chocolate covered nuts last night. Naughty step for us I think - to contemplate a bit of dieting in the New Year perhaps 

Susan P - not much I can add to what everyone else has said. What a result spotting her and the police getting there. I hope she gets a good outcome. I've sent you a PM.

Cold wind, sleet and hail here. Lovely  More tea needed 


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:26

I totally sympathise Bookertoo, and you're right, they can squeeze through tiny gaps. For me it's starlings and the dreaded felines that I'm waging war on. Usually squirrels don't dig too deep so tulips and other bigger bulbs should be ok. In previous gardens I've used  fine plastic mesh (the kind for protecting fruit crops) on pots or areas where I have lots of crocus and they seem to be ok. The squirrels left those and looked for easier pickings. I've not fed peanuts here at all to try and lessen the attraction too.

leaf mold

Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:12

Most heathers like good drainage Cangran, so I'd mix some grit and compost with it first 


Posted: 19/12/2014 at 09:03

Morning all. Have been a bit absent but I see there have been good and bad things happening so I'll get a cuppa and catch up with your trials and tribulations as well as cheering news.

Off work now so I really should think about Christmas shopping...

clay soil

Posted: 16/12/2014 at 18:41

Loads of manure, compost and grit mixed in will make clay the best medium you can have. 

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