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Posted: 22/08/2016 at 18:16

And they can even get like this....

Help needed for pot bound Camellia

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:58

Have you though of making a purpose built raised bed or 'box' planter for them Patsy? That way, you could have a decent sized bed specifically for that type of plant. 

As well as raised beds along my angled fence, I did some timber ones a couple of years ago - not expensive to do


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:52

He looks a little bit lost Judojub 

I'd pot it up and let it get to decent size. It will root and grow where you have it, but it'll look better if you let it get to decent size first..  

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:50

A couple more flowers on Niobe - still quite few buds appearing. It's flowered it's head off this year. Little bit of verbena bonariensis on the other side of the 'window'

Phormium 'blackadder' with Cupani sweet peas doing their thing beyond it

Help needed for pot bound Camellia

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:30

Patsy - those Heritage pots are lovely 

I missed this query, but what I do is the opposite of what you'd normally do when you want to move a plant from a pot of this kind.

I let it get a bit dry - the soil then shrinks away from the sides, and it comes out quite easily. You can then revive the plant by submerging it in a big bucket of water before shifting to it's new site or bigger pot.

You do have to be careful just how dry you let it get first though  


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:25

Ooh - I like that one Joyce. I'd have thought that was something I'd climb over on a December walk!  

Gravel Patio query

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:24

Not sure what you'd need the sand for Chris, or the membrane really. The grids have to go into the ground a bit, so the membrane would prevent that. If you're removing the turf, the grids would sit into the clean soil. Then gravel on top. 

If you don't use the grids, you can simply lay membrane on the soil and put the gravel on top. Either way, you need a retaining edge of timber or brick, or similar, to stop the gravel travelling elsewhere.


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 17:13

Joyce - I missed that weather report. Brilliant! I'm lost without the subtitles.... 

They can be extremely amusing...

Think I'm having a breakdown - no 'lympics to watch,  and I realised last night I'd put the wrong captions on lots of my hill pix yesterday, partly because I can't see the pix clearly in that file that opens 'cos they're tiny, and partly 'cos I changed my mind slightly about my walk....

...perhaps I should lie down in a darkened room instead of doing the dinner...

Never heard that expression before - 'cauldrife'  

Repotting into a much bigger pot

Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:11

It's best not to over pot anything Giddy - the roots can get lost in the amount of soil, making it difficult to get the watering right, which can then make those little fine, new roots susceptible to rotting. It depends on the plant of course - but one which likes good drainage will tend to suffer a bit more than something which is less fussy. 


Posted: 22/08/2016 at 08:05

Mine flowered all last summer. I left the flowers, fed well, and still had plenty of flowers this spring. Might be down to our conditions and soil here of course.

Or it may just have been the particular variety. It has a few flowers on it just now, so perhaps I'll remove them and see if it makes any difference. 

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