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Posted: 27/05/2014 at 06:40

I've just been looking at your lovely pix on the Gallery thread chick. Very nice 

Hope the weather is good for you- it's supposed to improve generally later on this week. I won't hold my breath 

Hardening off - is this a good way?

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 06:30

It depends on the type of thing you're growing Alex, but you seem to be doing the right thing. I have stuff out in a plastic growhouse all night - it's warm enough here now to give anything a bit soft enough protection. An overwintered Canna has been out during the day regularly for a week or two and was left in that overnight from about ten days ago. The plastic doesn't offer the same amount of protection that a cold frame or greenhouse will, so you really have to play it by ear and know your own weather and garden conditions. Ventilation is really important during the day to keep  a good air flow - the temperatures can get very high in them then drop dramatically at night - that's what often kills tender stuff. Hope that's of some help 

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 06:15

Great pix everyone. None to add right now but the first flower has just opened on DDeronda clematis so hopefully might get one or two later this week. My Mahonia berries are only just starting to turn KEF.

This was sitting for ages on a hosta the other day



Posted: 27/05/2014 at 06:09

Morning all. 

Wasn't on last night - too tired after a very busy day at work and catching up on housework, paperwork etc. Cool and damp here this morning. Off for a look at what you've been up to before I get ready to go. 

Strawberry Plants

Posted: 27/05/2014 at 05:59

Don't need a greenhouse Nooze  -they're hardy. Find a nice sunny spot with decent, well drained soil, pop it in with a bit of general feed, water it in and watch it grow. They do very well in pots too and it helps keep the fruits clean and off the ground, away from slugs and snails. If you have room, try a large pot with about three plants, and in the autumn they'll produce little runners which you can pot up and make new plants with  

Open Plan Gardens

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 19:04

I hope you sent Royal Mail the bill Pauline...

I'd have attached gripper rod to the top of the trellis as well 

pansyface - a pond - they'll throw stuff in it...speaking from experience in a previous garden. Rocks- they just walk over them...personal experience again. Fountains - they'll no doubt report you if so much as a drop touches them or the pavement. 


Posted: 26/05/2014 at 18:14

It's a whitebeam - Sorbus aria is it's posh name 

They get to about 35/40 ' eventually with a spread of about 20/25'

Slugs.. sod the organic approach I just want them dead!

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:42

The ones I chuck forcibly onto the road probably have their homing devices slightly impaired Dogbowl....

what lawn seed

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 17:00

It doesn't sound like the best spot for grass but you've done the right things to improve it, so I 'd go for the shady stuff Pauline.  I'd do that if I wanted grass in that situation  

Buddleja Lochinch Problem

Posted: 26/05/2014 at 16:50

It'll be fine Vicky. Mine is Black Knight which has a slightly different habit from Lochinch, but that's the amount of growth you should get over a year or so. You'll get grit from DIY stores or Garden Centres. If you think you have a better spot for it, then move it if you want, but if you like where you have it then just improve the ground a bit and let it do it's thing. The ground gets a dull greeny bloom on it when it's too wet- so yes, it's the mossy looking bits. Try and keep the weeds away as well as you can, and you can apply a mulch of gravel or bark to help with that. You'll see a big difference in a month's time once it gets going.

Overwatering causes more damage to plants than almost anything else 

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