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grass seed not germinating

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 17:11

Still cool here Stoogy - apart from a couple of warmer weeks in April - so it's probably still a bit soon unless you're in a mild southern spot. Grass needs a reasonable temperature to get going. Give it a bit longer 

Unless the birds have eaten the seed 


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 17:06

Don't we just Yvie - I'm contemplating ironing and shortening a pair of walking trousers. I know how to live  

Verd - not much eating in a sparrow , and the legs are a bit crunchy. Fine in a small sandwich...

Think that's the usual advice for hellebores chicky. Verd will know though.


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 16:40

I wouldn't have had the millionaires shortbread Panda - I'm not as greedy as Verdi 

Actually - I don't like it anyway  Lemony one sounds good though 

Well at least the rats will stay away from you KEF....

I like the idea of Yvie and hubby being Mr and Mrs Stevie 

I went to the nursery  but I didn't buy much 

Rain back on here 

I've missed these 

Gorgeous cake lily 

Garden Pictures 2015

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 16:34

Flag is a Flag Iris RB. It's just that they're water lovers as opposed to the big summer flowering ones you see in borders which require completely opposite conditions - just to confuse us 

help with my acer palmatum dissectum garnet

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 13:10

Hi Suzy. Have you replaced some of the compost each year and done the usual with feeding and watering? Wilting is more likely to be dry conditions rather than wet, but if it feels heavy, and therefore waterlogged, it might be worth taking it out and making more holes (if possible) or using a different container.  It may also be needing potted on into a bigger one. The usual advice is to go only a little bigger each time.  There may also be pest damage from something like vine weevil. The creamy white curved larvae are the culprits and if that's the case,  you'll see them if you take it out the pot. They eat through the roots and can cause a plant to suddenly wilt. Potted specimens are more vulnerable than those planted in borders.

Hope that gives you a few ideas just now to think about. As you say, it's a lovely plant and it would be a shame to lose it.

A pic would also help with advice if you're able to post one. The little green tree icon in the toolbar above the window you type in is for adding pix. 


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 13:02

You'll have to get in the cake queue behind me Gilly - but be quick - Verd will hear about it and then you've no chance  

.....oh - and I've already had all the shortbread....Panda gave me first dibs because I need it for energy for all my walking....honest  


Camelia not growing, but otherwise health and flowering

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 12:52

Result Tim! Hope that's it on the way now 


Posted: 10/05/2015 at 12:50

Happy Anniversary Yvie. Got any cake?  

40 years - I won't make the usual joke about 'getting less than that for murder'...

Welcome Gillygee 

Having some lunch then heading out for a few things. 

clematis out growing obelisk

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 12:05

I usually use tomato food for mine too.  Enjoy it as007 

clematis out growing obelisk

Posted: 10/05/2015 at 11:59

As long as you enjoy it - it doesn't really matter what variety it is.

The main reason for asking was for pruning purposes but it's likely to be one of the usual summer types which you would cut back in late winter/early spring to some healthy buds at around 1 or 2 feet. If you browse one of the specialist clematis growers sites (Taylor's is a big favourite here) you might be able to ID it or at least get some idea. For instance, The President is a purple variety which many of the DIY stores (and the shop you got it in)  will sell as it's a straightforward and popular plant. Etoile Violette is another - it has smaller and darker flowers than The President. 

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