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Posted: 10/09/2013 at 00:10

I agree with Diddy, it definitely needs re-potting.


Posted: 10/09/2013 at 00:08

Ogster, when you have grown your baby dracaenas, you can shorten the stems, and often will then get two or three heads in the place of the one that you removed. You will see little bumps on the stem. These are potential new growth, so cut to just above one.

And NEVER overwater.  The die very quickly if too wet. Always let them dry out to at least a couple of inches below the soil surface before watering thoroughly, then remove any water from the saucer after a few minutes.I used to be an itnterior gardener, and we only watered some of our dracaenas every 6 wks or more.  Always feel your soil before watering.  Most plants will recover from quite severe underwatering, but will die if constantly wet, so go easy on the water.

greenhouse set up

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 23:47

I like that tip, Bob, will be trying it this winter.

Lasagne bulb planting

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 23:28

I did this with mixed bulbs in shallow planters a couple yrs ago.  I went for coloured themes, some in similar shades and some mixed.  The nicest, I thought, were cream and purple Tulips, daffs and crocus, but all were lovely.  I packed the bulbs in quite tight, and they gave a fantastic display. Then I stole the pots fro something else, so put thwm in my border, where they were really great this yr.

bubble wrap

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 23:10

Thank, you, Waterbutts.  A neighbour gave me a paraffin heater when he saw me putting up the greenhouse, but I never got to use it last yr.  Unlike Tea, I have lovely neighbours on every side, and just sheep in front (they're the noisy neighbours!)

Jelly like substance

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 23:03

So, Bob, could we take apart nappies and use the innards in potting compost? New nappies

bubble wrap

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:29

I think I'll try fleece this yr WB. Does it help to keep the frost off? What do you keep/grow in there?  This is my 1st full winter with the greenhouse, so any ideas gratefully received.  I'm hoping to overwinter my twisted stem standard fuchsias, and start off all my veg early. It the summer I use old net cutains on the sunny side for shade, and this works great as I can 'open the curtains' on dull days.

Rose bed ideas

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 22:12

David, just found this link on another site.  They have herbs suitable for hedging, including rosemary and lavender

Rose bed ideas

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 21:37

That's the one, Dove. Not early, late!. It's this flippin forum. Time dissappears when I'm on it, there's so much to read!


Rose bed ideas

Posted: 09/09/2013 at 04:25

Hi, Dove, I just saw this post from David and had the exact same thought. We seem to keep meeting on the same threads!

David, most things flower to reproduce, but we can use that fact to prolong or prevent flowering, or to encourage the growth that we want.  Lavender, Rosemary or Bay (not laurel, sometimes advertised as bay) , the cooking kind, will find the latin name for you shortly if I don't remember it before I finish this post, could all make nice hedges around your roses. From your other posts and that you mention box, I assume that you want a fairly neat, regimented hedge around the perimeter.

Box is very slow growing, so expensive to buy decent sized plants . Lavender, as Dove suggests can make a great low hedge. I have one of of my own that is taller than I would like, but it was planted before I moved here and had never been trimmed before. It is about 18" high to top of foliage, and the flowers sit higher by about 6". It atracts so many insects that it could only  be good for your roses. In my experience, people who love roses tend to grow them exclusively, so that insect populations and diseases build up. A hedge will help. Lavender, Rosemary, Bay and others will grow more quickly than box,  and will give some protection aganst common rose problems.

I am hitting my pit now,I'm knackered, but will try to get on again tomorrow to explain more. 

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