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For all those with Rhododendrons that aren't flowering.....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 10:10

No need to prune rhodies at all unless they have damage or are outgrowing their space OL.  Some are slower growing than others but even ones described as dwarf will ultimately get quite big. The important thing to remember is that they need space to develop to give their full impact so try to avoid having too many things growing nearby. Give them a chance 

Re my earlier post about pruning - I was referring to a post MrsG had recently about one she'd had in a pot for a long time, and the one I have here by the front door is getting too big for it's boots and I need to get a path alongside it which is why it got a snip! 

Late-treated lawn?

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:27

Yes Chazel - many different makes of weed and feed available, and often the 'own brand' types are just as effective. Evergreen is the best known but any Garden Centre or DIY store will stock plenty. Another way of approaching the problem is to just use a feed initially and then a month or 6 weeks later use a combined product, but at this time of year I'd say go for the combined one. 

Buddleja Lochinch Problem

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:23

I was just about to give you the same advice as Dove Vicky! It's only just been planted - give it some time to get established - it will grow plenty in the coming months. You can take the dead leaves off if you want - but they'll drop by themselves probably.  It'll flower a little this year and be great next year and you'll have loads of butterflies visiting. As Dove says - they're very tough  

For all those with Rhododendrons that aren't flowering.....

Posted: 23/05/2014 at 09:05

MrsG and OL - make a point of watching Beechgrove this weekend. You'll enjoy the garden they visit, and the owner has done a bit of rhodo pruning. As you'll see MrsG - they're very happy to be pruned 

Rain does spoil the blooms if you get a heavy downpour or two, but they love a good watering. Mine is over now, but it's also had it's haircut MrsG - will get a pic later if I remember. 


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 08:25

Dove - you posted at same time as me. After listening to the discussion on the radio the other day about old people being discharged from hospital in the middle of the night with no clothes or means of transport, thank heaven your mum was kept in and was safe - as it should be.

Have a quiet day - Verdi and me will have the ice creams for you - he shouldn't have too many on top of all those doughnuts he's always eating...


Posted: 23/05/2014 at 07:59

Morning all. Sunny here -  for now. 

Last exam in the Fairy household yesterday - sighs of relief all round here too chicky. 

Girls are going camping with their Dad this weekend so it will be a nice quiet weekend  - I hope. No holiday for me KEF -we work all of them. Busiest time of year from now till end of August. 

Hope your friend is alright Verd. Day by day is how I approach it too.

Off for a look round to see what's what. 


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 21:04

Dahliettes Verd?

Sound like they need to go in the toiliette....


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:33

Work for me too lily. That salt doesn't mine itself....and we mined a lot  yesterday 

Looks like we might miss the rain today if the forecast anywhere near accurate, but not very warm. Ideal for grafting though. 

Lovely pix from your Forker trip. I'm a bit behind, like the coo's tail, so not had a chance to study everything in depth yet. 


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:00

Morning chick. Cool here but dry. Again it shows the huge difference between north and south in this little island-  my Irises are a million miles away from having buds never mind flowers. I still have daffs in flower 

Mr Chick should be selling his lovely supports at Chelsea chick! and then

Posted: 22/05/2014 at 06:57

But Daisy - you're talking about it...that's what design - (of any kind)  should  do - get people talking, arguing and debating 

Job done!

The much lauded Lancelot 'Capability' Brown was vilified in his day for removing all the terracing and formal areas and replacing them with grass. 

A garden can mean lots of different things to people. I need a calm, cool garden so, for me, the winning show garden was delightful. It could also easily adapt to a standard suburban garden for a family. 

Horses for courses 

I don't like the 'fripperies' either I must admit. That's the advantage of recording. What a pleasure to have the fast forward button....

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