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Posted: 12/08/2016 at 17:52

One of these KT   

Blooming Oleander !

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:47

Hi Ralph - I don't grow these, but you may need to use a high potash food to promote flowers. It's possible that they're growing quite lush foliage at the expense of the flowers   

If I'm wrong - this will at least bump the thread up and someone with more experience of them might be able to help 

Will anything grow in here??

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:38

I have to agree doc and nut - I'd leave that bit pretty much as it is and simply 'manage' it, and then make an ornamental area on the edge of it, or elsewhere depending on the site.

I didn't have time to add that ! 

Garden Rescue - TV Programme

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:32

Labour's one of the biggest costs involved in construction - of almost any kind. 

I hate to think how much my fence and all the raised beds would have cost if I'd not done it myself. The materials alone ( timber, screws etc) were over £1,000, and that doesn't include gravel for paths or soil to fill the beds. Or the five saws I've gone through...

The planting is probably the cheapest bit of my garden! 


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 16:27

I managed to miss that Dove - had to go out. Brilliant though  

KT - perhaps they'll have to wear one of these instead of their budgie smugglers....


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 15:21

No need to rub it in Dove ...and I don't mean the sun cream...

Rightly so re the budgie smugglers Lesley....although having watched that diving the other night....

I don't take any notice of those labels....

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Posted: 12/08/2016 at 15:19

But we're interested in other things than just gardening Papi Jo....  'The Potting Shed' is the place for all those other subjects that we enjoy.  

The Rio games are being pushed as being 'green' so, for instance, no bunches of flowers for every medallist - it's been tailored to suit only a few events. It's a huge waste when you consider how those flowers are produced and the massive quantity needed. 


Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:59

Did you mark them (dolphins) put of ten Lesley?  

I had to move one of the sweet pea pots in behind the bench the other day out of the wind - it had been toppled twice. The other one's much bigger and heavier so it's ok.  Some of the other 'wispy' stuff is a bit battered though, but it'll have to get on with it. The little alliums are very horizontal ...the poor bees are struggling and the butterflies are hiding.

We can only dream of 25 Lantana.....I'd need the heating on for about an hour to get to that 

Rowan Tree problem

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:53

Couple of questions Amy - those are quite mature trees and therefore can be difficult to get established. I think they're suffering a bit from transplant shock  

How are they planted? It's hard to see from your photos, but they seem to be in your lawn. Have you dug out a decent area of grass to plant them in? That's vital to give them a good chance. The grass will compete for water and nutrients. They would have needed some compost/well rotted manure etc dug in to the soil too. 

Have you staked them properly? That's important too or they'll be damaged as soon as autumn/winter comes. 

Trees that size will need a large amount of water regularly as there's a lot of top growth to support. Watering lightly every day is no good as it encourages the roots to go up, instead of down, in search of moisture. A few gallons every few days, (depending on your soil conditions) is the way to go. It's often a good idea to sink a bit of pipe down the side of the planting hole with the top exposed, so that you can water into that and sent it down to the roots. A layer of mulch on top of the soil round the trunk will help preserve that moisture too. 

Another ID

Posted: 12/08/2016 at 14:43

It's a great value plant, and attracts lots of bees etc. They germinate very readily, so it's a nice one for kids to sow - makes a change from them doing nasturtiums too! 

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