Gardening Grandma

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Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 19:14

Beautiful, John. Think I need a few lessons.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 18:08

TT, you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it drink. I have worked on son's and bro's garden in the last and found that they neglect what I've done so thoroughly that things die on get choked by weeds. Only do the minimum now, to prevent entire choas.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 17:54

Sounds good to me, Nut.

Elecampane Inula helenium

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 17:51

I have one and have found it quite fussy. In the hot weather, it needed to be practially standing in water or it began to wilt. It hated being dry.  Once the weather got wetter, it did not like being waterlogged at all and began to die back. It needs constant moisture and good drainage, maybe beside a pond or next to a water butt like one of mine that occasionally overflows.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 04/08/2013 at 17:44

Evening all. Just bringing this to the top of the list.


Posted: 04/08/2013 at 17:42

Just caught the thread before everyone goes over to Evenng Forkers. Been to a pub for lunch on Tesco points - lovely, too - then GC. It was pouring with rain and I was wearing sandals, so I was kept from temptation regarding new plants, so I just bought a book on euphorbias (reduced) and a couple of birthday cards. Still raining, but it does make the garden look lovely in a particular way. No walkies for the dogs in this rain, which pleases one and disappoints the other.

Was thinking about taking cuttings as we drove along, wondering whether I had left it a bit late. I'm glad to hear that I haven't. I bought some young penstemons by post this year and lost all but one, althouhgh my other seedlings did well. Got a couple of replacements from Hayloft and they died as well. So I'll try cuttings from my existing plants, as well as fuchsias and dianthus.

New house, new garden, total newbie

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 20:56

One thing you can safely do and that is get some well-rotted manure and mulch your borders with it. This is often done in September/October but could be done now. You just can't lose by improving the soil. What is in there already will grow better and anything you choose to plant later will also do better. You can use as much compost as you like, though be careful not to bury stems too deeply until you know what can stand being planted more deeply and what can't.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 20:37

Evening all. Turned out a lovely day. After I'd dried SIL's washing in the tumble dryer, the sun came out! We went to Dyffryn gardens, recently taken over by the National Trust. It is being developed and - already lovely - it will be even better in a couple of years when the house has been renovated and the planting has been developed. Called to see the elderly SIL who nearly died a week or two ago. She was bright and chatty and obviously destined to remain with us for some time.

Came home to a mountain of ironing. Might even start it soon. If I can get up from this sofa.

Forum up the creek

Posted: 03/08/2013 at 10:16

Same problem here. Refreshing doesn't always work, either. Am contacting Daniel.


Posted: 03/08/2013 at 10:13

Morning FG. Don't think I've missed anyone.

Bought some Bayer stump killer on Amazon. Had to laugh at one review of it. Someone had used to to kill the roots of next door's leyland cypress that was undermining his patio and it had worked nicely, so he bought more to kill their other 11 Leylandii!  

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