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Posted: 14/09/2014 at 12:16

Personally, I wouldn't feed now but I know what you mean about the weather - the plants don't know if it's New York or New Year. I've just fed my sweet peas (in pots) because they'll still flower for another month anyway and were sticking a bit with the cold August weather here, but I've not fed the ones in borders, or any other flowering plant in the ground or in a pot, because they've had plenty over the summer. They've had enough nutrition to see them through till they become dormant.

Other people may feel differently though 


Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:18

Too much to tell swiftly BL 

Glad you had a lovely time. 

Very pretty chicky. Those flowers look very tactile. That bench could do with a coat of paint...can I send you some?

Naughty fairy.....

A garden is the best medicine

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:14

Glad you're recovering well Frank/Dad.

I have to agree with the comments about Margaret on G'sW. What a great advert for spending lots of time outdoors. 

MrsT - you're right. Looking out at the garden, even on a wet day, is good medicine. On a warm day, bees buzzing, birds singing...and just silence otherwise. What else could you ask for? Simple pleasures.  Hope you're better soon 


Posted: 14/09/2014 at 11:06

Just remember that  tulips are quite different in their requirements to daffs for instance. They need sharp drainage. 


Wills - if you're planting bulbs in layers - it's just a question of size - biggest bulbs lower than smaller ones, but always plant at about twice the depth of the bulb itself. So a  bulb 1" deep will require 2" of soil/compost above it. If it's just for temporary effect, you can also cram bulbs more closely together in pots than you would plant in the ground. If you're planting in pots for permanent display, you need to change some of the compost each year after flowering, and add a little granular feed to it as well to help sustain them. 



Mystery plant

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:52

If you can get some FY manure  to beef up the soil in the border a bit that will help. You can get dried stuff at GCs now. Add some compost as well and give it all a good watering and that will see it through the autumn and winter. A good feed in early spring (Blood, fish and bone is ideal) and a mulch with something like bark or a good layer of compost, will help conserve moisture for the summer. It's obviously pretty tough as it's survived being under that conifer ! 


Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:45

I'm not good at just 'relaxing' in the garden either doc, but in the circumstances, I think you need to give it a go. x

Tweaking's good chicky. I find doing a bit of deadheading with the radio on very therapeutic. Is that weird? 

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:31

It was a very sad looking item chicky, so at least I can make use of it now. How much time I'll spend sitting on it is up for debate though 

I have a cushion in the kitchen which is all soft greens, duck egg blues and light browns. That might look nice ...

Knowing me I'd leave it out in the rain though - I don't think I'm Country Life material really 

Mystery plant

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:25

The conifer would have shaded it out. They like a bit of dampness in the soil so it wouldn't have got that with a conifer nearby! It'll thank you for it  

Clearing a garden

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:23

I can't open that Mr T, but I think that's what I just bought to mortar the stone at the edge of my new pond. I think it was about £4 for a 5kg bag, but there was a 25kg for about £6/7 which would obviously be better value for you. Does that sound like it?

I've mixed an awful lot of concrete in the last year so I decided to go for the easy option! 

Mystery plant

Posted: 14/09/2014 at 10:05

That looks like it could be a Polemonium - or Jacob's Ladder. Mostly have blue flowers on tall stems in spring, although there are white ones too. Have you seen flowers on it?

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