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Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 19:33

Tulip Ronaldo  

Growing Goldcrest Conifer Indoors

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:52

As long as it's been outside for a few days to acclimatise again, I'd just plant it. They don't  need anything special, just prepare the ground it's going into with some decent compost, a bit of general fertiliser like Blood, Fish and Bone, and water in well. A mulch of bark or some manure will also help to retain moisture. You only need to water if there's a long dry spell until it's established. It will then look after itself unless planted in an unsuitable location. 

I'm assuming the soil you have is in reasonable condition, and isn't either waterlogged or sandy. If the ground's poor, the compost will give it some nourishment, and adding some well rotted manure is also useful whether the soil's heavy or very light. 

Growing Goldcrest Conifer Indoors

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:33

Can I ask why you want to keep it indoors? It won't like that - far too warm and dry.  

They're meant to be outdoors as they're hardy plants used to our climate and all that it throws at them  

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:12


RB - what a complete scunner at the doc. 

Feeling a lot better thanks. Not walking this weekend. Forecast is pants for the hills, and I feel it makes sense to start the clear up inside and out.... 

Sunday is to be ok here so I'll hopefully get outside and start levelling the area round the building. The builder has put new planks in on the fence they had to take down, and finished it all off for me, which was good of them.  The back of the 'stension is south facing Clari, so I've always intended having some hot stuff. Plants that is... 

A bit of orange, red and hot pink all nicely clashing  

Pleased to see you have some good news in the offing re job situation. You deserve that - you're far too good for those unappreciative bandits.

Progress update

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 17:04

Very pretty too LP  

Thanks Nora 

Progress update

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:20

I still can't upload any photo bigger than 2.5mb.

I'm currently resizing all photos to around 1 to 1.5mb before posting, but I find this strange, as I was able to post photos over 3 and 4 mb at the start. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 16:05

Can't beat a double entendre now and again doc  

I love Amelanchier Dove, and would get one for this garden if I could find a spot for it. I planted one at my house round the corner. A beautiful shape with a single trunk, just right for near the front gate beside the hornbeam hedge. The new owners have hacked it to the same height as the hedge....

So many ill and injured folk here just now. Hope everyone gets better soon. 

Extension is finished, apart from a couple of minor things to sort. I just have to sort all the ground all round it....

Last edited: 20 May 2016 16:05:46

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 20/05/2016 at 15:58

Great pix as always. Love the white tulips with purple pansies Perki. My personal preference is a single colour in each pot so that's as  multi coloured as I like a pot to be.  

My Miss Bateman is coming on. Loads of buds still to open.  A small plant bought two years ago and potted on. This explains why you pay more for a mature clematis as opposed to buying tiny plugs or cuttings. They take time to grow into decent plants  

Some of the planting in the adjacent raised bed. 

The pots of Dianthus and Lilies on the path can get moved to a more permanent home soon,  now that the building work's done - hurray! 

Old rhody and azalea

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 20:21

My powers are limitless Verd. It's very true....

Old rhody and azalea

Posted: 19/05/2016 at 19:40

I'd agree totally. If they're old and unsightly, you've nothing to lose anyway. it could well be the making of them.

For some reason, people are frightened to prune rhodies and azaleas, or think it's an unwise move.  I was taken to task by a few people here when I said you could prune them back no problem.  

The one near my front door would be blocking every inch of light in my lounge if I didn't prune it back quite hard every year. 

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