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Posted: 23/05/2014 at 13:50

Bleeding Heart - Dicentra OL?


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 13:36

I've just been out doing a bit of this and that and have a strange combination at the moment. There are still 'Cheerfulness' daffs flowering and just beyond them some white Dutch Iris have just opened 

MrsG - I stuck my Canna in the corner of the kitchen in the autumn and completely forgot about it as it was in behind a small chest. It had 2 or 3 leaves growing well by the time I remembered about it! Having been potted on, it's now out in a plastic greenhouse at night - about 2' high and full of growth. 

Can you describe the plant a bit more OL?


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 11:35

Quite nice here as well Verd - yesterday was vile though  Couldn't agree with you more about depression and the garden.

Doc- you know we all miss you very much so please keep looking in and check your PMs now and again too. Hope you have a lovely meal  

I love Cannas and have had them in different gardens over the years. OL - I got a bargain one at B&Q last autumn - £4. They always have loads at that time of year. Wet heavy soil is no good for them and the wind can shred them so I have to watch where I site mine. This garden is very exposed though, so I'm having to keep my sole one a bit protected just now which is a pain. Once the extension is built it'll help a lot and I will have more sheltered bits for them. The dark ones are lovely but I went for a green/gold one this time for a change. The flowers are stunning on them.


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:31

Hippo birdy to you, hippo birdy to you, hippo birdy to Clari, hippo birdy to you 

If you ask Dove nicely, she'll make you a 'special' cake.

Brilliant hedge Dove - someone near me has a dinosaur/Loch Ness monster looking one at the front.

Do you think he'll add flames coming out the mouth one day.....

For all those with Rhododendrons that aren't flowering.....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:10

No need to prune rhodies at all unless they have damage or are outgrowing their space OL.  Some are slower growing than others but even ones described as dwarf will ultimately get quite big. The important thing to remember is that they need space to develop to give their full impact so try to avoid having too many things growing nearby. Give them a chance 

Re my earlier post about pruning - I was referring to a post MrsG had recently about one she'd had in a pot for a long time, and the one I have here by the front door is getting too big for it's boots and I need to get a path alongside it which is why it got a snip! 

Late-treated lawn?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:27

Yes Chazel - many different makes of weed and feed available, and often the 'own brand' types are just as effective. Evergreen is the best known but any Garden Centre or DIY store will stock plenty. Another way of approaching the problem is to just use a feed initially and then a month or 6 weeks later use a combined product, but at this time of year I'd say go for the combined one. 

Buddleja Lochinch Problem

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:23

I was just about to give you the same advice as Dove Vicky! It's only just been planted - give it some time to get established - it will grow plenty in the coming months. You can take the dead leaves off if you want - but they'll drop by themselves probably.  It'll flower a little this year and be great next year and you'll have loads of butterflies visiting. As Dove says - they're very tough  

For all those with Rhododendrons that aren't flowering.....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:05

MrsG and OL - make a point of watching Beechgrove this weekend. You'll enjoy the garden they visit, and the owner has done a bit of rhodo pruning. As you'll see MrsG - they're very happy to be pruned 

Rain does spoil the blooms if you get a heavy downpour or two, but they love a good watering. Mine is over now, but it's also had it's haircut MrsG - will get a pic later if I remember. 


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 08:25

Dove - you posted at same time as me. After listening to the discussion on the radio the other day about old people being discharged from hospital in the middle of the night with no clothes or means of transport, thank heaven your mum was kept in and was safe - as it should be.

Have a quiet day - Verdi and me will have the ice creams for you - he shouldn't have too many on top of all those doughnuts he's always eating...


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:59

Morning all. Sunny here -  for now. 

Last exam in the Fairy household yesterday - sighs of relief all round here too chicky. 

Girls are going camping with their Dad this weekend so it will be a nice quiet weekend  - I hope. No holiday for me KEF -we work all of them. Busiest time of year from now till end of August. 

Hope your friend is alright Verd. Day by day is how I approach it too.

Off for a look round to see what's what. 

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