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Posted: 05/09/2013 at 21:26

I've got this on one of mine, an old hardy one, been in the ground for years. It looks like herbicide damage, with areas scorched, but nothing around it has the problem so it can't be herbicide.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:50

I think this refers to adding grit/sand to a multipurpose compost to be sure it's well drained, and cut down on fertility. The mix is 50% grit, 50% compost. It's especially important for your lavender cuttings, which will rot quickly if the compost is too wet.

You may like to know that I've had success using cubes cut from Oasis for lavenders. Just keep them slightly damp and repot the whole thing when they show roots. It works the same way as rockwool but it's a lot cheaper.

Good luck with your cuttings.


Posted: 16/08/2013 at 11:44

Looks like evening primrose to me too. Try sniffing them in the evening - there should be a fairly delicate, sweet scent that isn't there in the daytime.


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 23:55

apeers, I think you may have overfed. Try removing as much compost as possible without damaging the roots, then potting them in JI1 + grit, or even JI seed compost + grit. You can feed more once they're larger. While you're there, check the roots are still good. If not, contact the seller - they may have been damaged before they got to you. Did they come in those horrible net pots, or those pots that looks rather like fleece? I find plants grow much better if I remove them, even if you lose some root with them.


Posted: 25/04/2013 at 23:47

If you do mean Pelargoniums, you can pinch out tips in the same way as fuchsias and other plants, which will make them bushier. The more branches they have, the more flowers. In fact, if they've got tall and leggy over winter, you can cut them back quite hard to get lots of new growth, which produces more flowers than old growth. You can also use the bits you cut off as cuttings. Let the cut gry for a day or so then pot into gritty compost, keep warm and slightly shaded, and don't cover with plastic bags because that will make them rot. Even more flowers!

On the other hand, if you mean hardy geraniums. they do all the work for you. Just sit back and admire them.


Posted: 07/04/2013 at 23:04

Plantagogo have great plants. Just ask them for advice on what variteies grow well in your conditions. They hold the National Collection (Plant Heritage) so they are the experts and very helpful

Plastic packages for posted plants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 11:20

Yes, Busy-Lizzie, that's the stuff.

The only plastic I can recycle locally is drink bottles, so these have to go in the waste bin. They do use the waste for burning for heat, but it's still a waste of resources.

Plastic packages for posted plants

Posted: 01/03/2013 at 00:22

Hi all,

Has anyone found a use for those green plastic boxes that mail order plants come in? I've got lots of 'em that look useful so I can't bear to throw them away, but what can I do with them? Any recycling tips, please?

A boost to winter.....

Posted: 01/02/2013 at 11:24

Verdun, you're right, of course, it should be in the ground, but at the moment there's nowhere suitable and hellebores tend to sulk if they're disturbed. The head gardener at Hadlow advised me to keep it in a deep pot if it had to be potted, and it's looking quite happy, in spite of being flattened by the recent snow.

For anyone interested in Kent or nearby, there are some open days at Hadlow College, Broadview Gardens on Sat/Sun 16/17 Feb, 23/24 Feb and 2/3 March. The gardens are open (and free!) all the time but open days have guided tours too, for £3. Some of the hellebore beds are interplanted with snowdrops and look great.

A boost to winter.....

Posted: 31/01/2013 at 22:21

Thanks. It'll probably take 3 years before I see any flowers but I'm sure it'll be worth the wait. I'll post a pic of Mum when the flowers have opened. She's a real cutie so I have hopes of the offspring.

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