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Posted: 14/03/2014 at 16:32

Its gone grey and cloudy here too. Bit chilly now.

Time for coffee and a hot cross bun.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 16:27

I've potted up some more aquilegia seedlings. Nursery area is getting a bit full, so the wild flower bit has been weeded of the wild flowers I don't want (docks ,nettles and dandelions), and some grasses, chicory,wild marjoram, catananche and alliums put in. Now I just need to scatter some poppy seeds and its sorted for a bit.  That should make some space for the aquilegias in the nursery area.

Car needed a new spring and a new tyre (sufficient tread but a cut in inside wall). I blame the state of the roads. I'm just waiting now for the garage to ring and say they can't get the tyre today......


Which annual and perenial seedlings should be 'pinched out'?

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 15:29

How long is a piece of string?. it would be easier if you tell us what you have.

Sweet peas get pinched. Most annuals I don't . Some perennials I leave the first year and then chop down hard after that. It depends really on whether it is a bushy type or a skyrocket like a hollyhock/delphinium. etc.

plant storage

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 15:24

I wouldn't risk it. If the container is in a sunny place they will cook. Warmish and they will shoot and you will have elongated pale shoots because of the lack of light. If it was January i would say Yes, but I think at this time of year it won't work because everything is starting to grow.

When I moved , the people I was buying off let me move some plants ahead of time. Also when we bought next door, the old neighbours left things like big potted plants until they had moved from their temporary rented place to their new house. Allit needs is a bit of cooperation. Failing that, have you a friend who could put them up against a house wall and keep an eye on them.?

Scary looking tree branches in my garden

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:21

Just lichens. It means that you have good clean air. They won't harm the tree in any way.

Privet Panic

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:18

I wouldn't have thought they needed watering every night.

How tall are they? Are they very bushy?

Get if off your chest.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 10:16

Ilike your thinking Clarington.


Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:47

Cars in for service, so I am in the garden today. Yippeee.. Another cup of coffee, then I'll get at it.

The mystery of pH.

Posted: 14/03/2014 at 09:35

pH... can be confusing., and amusing.

Many years ago I went on a course on  hair products. I asked the person running the course  if the shampoo was pH balanced. This obviously totally confused her so she asked me if I knew what pH was. Quck answer.. pH is a measure of the potential Hydrogen ion concentration...  (I have an A level in Chemistry). At this point everyone in the room turned round and stared at me. Slow answer... skin is around pH 5 , slightly acid.  Preparations for the skin should be around the same. Alkali Ph 8 to 14 is more dangerous to skin than acid pH 1 to 5. Neutral is around pH 7. 

End of Chemistry lesson, on to gardening...

Chalky soil is alkaline,  good fertile loam is broadly neutral. Acid soil (less than pH6) often contains a lot of peat.

If you have neutral soil you can grow most things.

Alkaline soil good for buddlejas, brassicas (reduces clubroot).

Acid soil good for azaleas, rhododendrons, camellias, meconopsis.

So Mike, ignore the WUM and give us the definitive list.

Bonsai Tree dead?

Posted: 13/03/2014 at 18:17

Sageteria is chinese bird plum which will be decidouos and have no leaves at this time of year. keep it outside in a sheltered position from wind, and keep it damp but not too should grow leaves in April or May.

I do not know what camora? is, please check spelling.

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