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Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:19

I use a great nursery too Ppauper. It's a 45 minute drive away, but I know how the plants are produced, and I get a big variety. They supply huge numbers of outlets all over the country anyway, as well as councils etc. 

What plant is this?

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:16

Not something I'd put in a pot ideally Colin, but if you have no choice, try and emulate it's natural conditions.  

I'd use a soil based compost, add a bit of blood, fish and bone when you plant it, perhaps add a bit of leaf mould or well rotted manure for bulk, and keep it well watered. A  mulch of bark, or something similar, to help retain moisture will help too  


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 11:05

B***er - you made me look at Chiltern's now....

Unusually for me Dove - I've bought some perennials. An orange Agastache, Orange Geum, two whites - a Geum (rivale Album) and a Geranium (Summer Snow). I also got a couple of packs of sweet peas - Black Knight and Dorothy Eckford, and Nigella African Bride which is white with really dark anthers, and a Bupleurum Griffithii - which, as the name suggests, is Euphorbia-like.

Lots of the ickle hardy tulips from GeeTee - oranges, whites and reds and dark pinky/purples. Plus a few taller ones. Cernum, Chrysantha, Persian Pearl, Praestans Fusilier, Little Beauty, Turkestanica, Urumiensis, Nigrum and Violet Beauty.

Got a couple from Peter Nyssen as well - Oreophilum and Cowanii. 

That'll keep me out of mischief...

Have I killed my lawn with evergreen?

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:44

I think lots of us have probably done a similar thing Des. I use a little container with a mark on it and put a few canes down etc, but I mainly do it by eye.   It can be difficult to get the right amount unless you use the spreaders you can buy. It never looks like you're putting very much on either, so it's always tempting to chuck on a bit more....

HELLO FORKERS! September Edition

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:38

Pp - and then you send the r***y wet stuff over here for us!  Gie's a  brekk....

I couldn't cope with that sort of traffic on a regular basis obelixx. I don't know how people do that commuting lark every day around London. It would make me ill. 

Hope your move isn't too stressful and you get a chance to breathe once it's all done!

I have some spirit levelling to do today as well chicky. I should really get a shift on. I bought some wall baskets yesterday - not something I normally use, but my bedroom window is quite high because of the slope of the ground, and it's a large expanse of wall. I got three - the hayrack type -  and they'll be filled with clashing annuals for summer, and perhaps a few little evergreens  ( emerald globe Hebes?) for some greenery through winter to break it all up. Just ordered some seeds for the hot border underneath it too, and loads of bulbs for various areas. We'll just have to live on toast for a week or two...

Grass ID

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:27

I thought it had two n's as well chicky  

It does look like that to me too. Lovely  


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:24

Our local GC is fine if you want a vase, jewellery, books, chocolates, or a coffee. If you want stuff for the garden,  not quite so good...

However, I've just spent £15 online with Seedaholic and £60 with two well known bulb companies...

Hosta - we used to have a lovely, small GC ten minutes away. Exactly as you describe - it's now houses 

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Cold Calling Experiences

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 10:19

They must get a few takers doc or they wouldn't bother. Wonder how many people get sucked in though....

God loves a trier eh? 

Fidget - haven't you had the Nigerian prince yet then?  I keep hoping....

I once adopted a 'cod Chinese' accent , when I'd had a spate of PPI calls, because I recognised the number. I can't possibly repeat what I said, but it was along the lines of  ' he not here, you no call here again - you **** off now...'   

It worked though 


Posted: 03/09/2016 at 09:02

Herer you are John 


Splitting / dividing Iris

Posted: 03/09/2016 at 08:40

Ideally, you'd have divided it after flowering, but you can do it now. You may sacrifice flowers next year, so it's really up to you what you want to do  

You need a sharp knife to divide it and leave a good bit of root on each rhizome. Replant with the rhizome on top of the soil, and cut the foliage back to a few inches to help with preventing water loss, and aid establishment. Pot the pieces up or plant in a sunny spot.

If you feel the plant's too congested to work with at the moment, you could pot it into a bigger pot, or plant it out, and leave it till next year to divide.

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