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Strawberry babies

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:22

bekkie -  I know I would forget if it was me, and there would be a massive big knot of plants 

That would be the other option though - keeping a close eye on them and snipping them off as soon as they show new growth. Probably the easiest solution. They take so quickly at this time of year anyway.


Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:10

Pizza and birthday cake for us bekkie

 my precious.....

Strawberry babies

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 18:05

Sorry OL - not a great pic - but you can see the little plastic wire peg and the two runner ends which are now cut off. I used to peg them back into the pot the strawbs were in bekkie, but I found  it difficult to remove them as the roots got tangled up with the original plants. 

Strawberry babies

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 17:42

I just do it at the junction OL. Sometimes they start showing little roots anyway before I get them in. I use a piece of plastic coated wire as a peg and push it in quite firmly but you could put one either side of the new plant to make sure.  I'll see if I can do a pic to show you 

Perhaps you could rig up something to sit the pots on - even another basket or tray just so you can get a place near enough to do the job. 

Strawberry babies

Posted: 07/07/2014 at 17:30

Peg them down into pots of compost first OL. Once they're showing new growth you can separate from the parent plant. Tricky with the arrangement you have though - you might be better to bring the basket down onto a bucket or similar so that you can place pots on the ground round it. They don't take long to root - I've just done some - rooting took about a week or so. 

Lackluster lavender

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 12:15

yarrow - I gave up with lavender a long time ago. Not worth the effort up here I felt.  I don't like the smell anyway so it was no great loss.

You have enough to deal with so I'd say don't make extra work for yourself, but if you love them and really want them to succeed I think the best way is a decent sized raised bed in the sunniest, most sheltered part of the garden and grow them with other similar types of plant so that you can make the conditions as ideal as possible for them. A layer of thymes round the base will help disguise the less attractive woody stuff too.

And perhaps just accept they will always have their moments of looking rough!

Newbie help required

Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:48

Hi Mandi - bit at a time is the best way 

I'd agree with Dove - looks like a clematis - montana type. They get big and flower in spring with smaller flowers in pink or white so if you noticed them that would be it. They can take plenty of pruning if they're getting too invasive. If you google any of our suggestions that will give you info and it may jog your memory. Looks like a Euonymous underneath it. They're mainly grown as a foliage plant - useful for awkward areas and for giving dull spots a lift.


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 11:43

Some housework done  rain has come on 

Woody - I always used to think Djokovic was small and was surprised he was the height he is. Federer always looks tall - think it's the way he plays - he's all Fred Astaire and Novak's like a little Jack Russell 

Not had kippers for breakfast in ages...very tasty.

My sweet peas are nowhere near flowering yet, but I was late sowing them as the first lot suffered in the compost I used. They'll be good later in the year though. I can smell them from here chicky.

OL- I'm saying nothing.  Have a Vallium sandwich and a lie down in a darkened room. 


Posted: 06/07/2014 at 09:57

Morning all. Dry here - I was hoping for rain so that I wouldn't feel guilty watching the tennis later. Is that bad? 

Hope your mum is ok Verd. Always worrying, and hard to make a judgement as the others have said.

Was late going for dinner last night with my friend because I didn't realise the time - fortunately I didn't have far to go   Worked outside afterwards till half eight - sorting out the tomatoes and doing bits and pieces. The birds have been pecking at the sempervivums in my alpine pan  The rubrum ones have their  flowering 'spikes' - perhaps they thought it was some kind of rival bird......or Dove's big chicken  


Posted: 05/07/2014 at 11:23

Hi all. Not been around much this week - was working extra hours,  watching the tennis and also had 'stuff' to deal with. 

Won't really be able to catch up with what you've all been up to so hope everyone is ok. Did quite a bit outside after work each day - lots of watering mainly - but yesterday was very wild and wet so it saved doing that apart from tomatoes. Daughter's birthday yesterday but as she's on holiday I'll be able to leave cake making till tomorrow. 

Off to get a bit done before I go out - friend is getting some windows replaced so I'mm seeing if any are worth having for a cold frame. Yet another project 

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