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How often do I water

Posted: Today at 12:38

It's difficult to get the temp right in the small growhouses especially. They can get very cold at night and boiling through the day. I open mine all day and only close at night. You just have to remember they don't offer the same protection as a proper greenhouse, and try and judge it according to your conditions. 

In the two hot summers we had up here (2013/2014) mine still got extremely hot during the day. I only use it for tomatoes, but  vigilance with watering is key.

Philadelphus manteau d'Hermine - looking poorly (with pic)

Posted: Today at 08:12

That's a very sad specimen of a plant.   

Was it like that when you got it Liz?  Did you notice if it was root bound when you planted it? 

All the Philadelphus varieties are tough plants and yes, it should be looking a lot healthier by now. Even a young plant should have put on growth and be greening up well at this time of year. 


Posted: Today at 08:07

The flowers are fairly fleeting Kate, but  the bigger the plant is, the more flowers you have, so it becomes less noticeable.

The weather is often a bit wet and wild when they flower too, which devastates them. I haven't bothered growing one in this garden, although they grow like weeds in our climate. It's too exposed and windy. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: Today at 08:02

Morning all/afties Pat.

No time to read everything, but hope your friend is ok. Bushman - hard when friends start to 'go'. Makes your own mortality seem a bit more fragile. 

Lovely day here again. Could have done with this week off. 

Good news for you Hosta. Don't work too hard though....

Only watched a  bit of Chelsea. Love Cleve West - but I admire him enormously anyway. Didn't catch Andy Sturgeon's though - I like most of the work he does. I don't like the endless repetition - recording is great -  can just fast forward all the unnecessary. Like Carol Klein's suit  

I said - I don't like the endless repetition....

People get so worked up about it all though. Not sure why. Chelsea is a show and all showing of any type is full of excess, extra fripperies, sidelines and nonsense. 

Have a good day everyone 

Dicentra spectabilis

Posted: Today at 07:52

It'll be fine yarrow. Just cut off any damage. Next year it will be back in all it's glory. 

It won't produce anther flowering stem from the broken ones, but you may get another one or two coming up later. 

Lovely easy plants - although I don't like the colour of  the pink ones and only have the white - great for damp shady areas. 

Daylight/Sunlight and Overshadowing Analysis

Posted: Yesterday at 08:11

Don't forget that plants grow and also die - so shade/sun/part shade constantly alter over time as well. It's not as simple as just defining those areas at the starting point of building a garden from an empty plot. It's not like a room in your house which stays the same until you redecorate, it's a constantly evolving space   

I can't see that anyone would pay for a service like that. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: Yesterday at 08:03

Morning all/afties Pat

Forgot about Chelsea. I sometimes get a bit bored with the repetition of the same gardens and features though, so probably doesn't matter!

Congrats DD - it's a great feeling to achieve something you've planned and set out to do. 

I'll have a quick look round before I go - could do with being at home to get on with the digging on this lovely day though...

Have a good day everyone, whatever you're doing

Laburnum tree

Posted: Yesterday at 07:54

I grew up with a  laburnum tree in the front garden. They were commonly grown in school playgrounds and amenity areas throughout the fifties and sixties - they cope well with pollution.  My sister and I both managed to survive. 

Strangely, my mother made such a  fuss about the seeds being poisonous that I became more interested in them. If she'd said nothing, I'd never have given them a second glance.

The pods aren't attractive in any way, so I'd find it odd if any child was interested in eating them. Many plants are poisonous, but you'd have to consume very large amounts for them to do any kind of damage. The inside of an under sink kitchen cabinet is more dangerous frankly.

Camera Talk

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 21:00

I love those beautiful, delicate, pale green lichens you get on trees and rocks Liri. I find myself sitting looking at them quite often when walking  

Must be an age thing....

baby spiders?

Posted: 22/05/2016 at 20:58

Gorgeous. I remember having some on a plant years ago, and when you touched the tight ball they made, they scattered at a million miles an hour! 

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