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Latest posts by happycottontail

Dahlias - do they all have tubers?

Posted: 26/09/2013 at 10:37

I bought three dahlias of the "Happy Days" series from B&Q in June as space fillers and they have been fantastic, growing to over 2' with masses of blooms. They still have lots of buds, but I need to dig them up to plant bulbs. The first plant has been removed and transferred to a pot, but it didn't have tubers, only roots.  Is this a new annual form?

"Plant in ericaceous compost" not specific enough!

Posted: 23/09/2013 at 14:46

I have an azalea 'snow pearl' to plant and I have some ericaceous compost, but being new to this game, I need to know how much ericaceous compost I need to put beneath and around this shrub. Please enlighten me!


Posted: 14/09/2013 at 09:09

Sky Rocket is obviously made of sterner stuff Dove and benefitted from the bubblewrap blanket.  Do you have a photo of it in bloom this summer?


Posted: 13/09/2013 at 23:00

Well, if you want some advice straight from the horse's mouth ...... I was at Harrogate Flower Show today and went to ask the lady on Hoyland Plants about caring for Agapanthus in pots, because I had bought 3 Arctic Star plants from them at the Spring Show.  She said to put them under cover (shed/garage, greenhouse etc) in November and keep them dry.  Don't water them at all.  But it may depend on the variety you are growing and where you live.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 22:47

Yes, a good plug from Monty for Harrogate Flower Show.  It rained most of the day, which meant I got to go home a bit early, as I was on the final shift in the Perennial Plant Creche and nearly all the plants had been collected half an hour before closing time 

anyone growing thalictrum splendide

Posted: 13/09/2013 at 22:39

I've bought 3 of these plants at Harrogate Flower Show today.  I think they will need support when bigger, but wonder if I could plant them where they could get support from other plants, as I don't want to use stakes.  Any ideas?


Help! Crows feasting on my apples

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 22:08

I spoke too soon    I think they must come very early in the morning, cause I haven't seen them since that first day.  The CDs obviously haven't put them off.


Posted: 01/09/2013 at 22:03

Well, today I have ordered a lean to wood and polycarbonate growhouse from  the Greenfingers website.  It comes as a flat pack, so that will be a challenge...

Essential reading/subscriptions for a new Gardener

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 17:13

As well as The Garden (RHS) and GW, I also subscribe to The English Garden and find that each of these complements the other two.

Help! Crows feasting on my apples

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 17:08

So far, so good...shhh!

Discussions started by happycottontail

Overwintering begonia tubers

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Last Post: 31/10/2015 at 17:43

New bulb storage

In the dark or light? 
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Last Post: 29/10/2015 at 18:36

Agastache Black Adder

Yellowing leaves 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 00:09

Stone the crows!

Well, not literally, but they are a big problem in my garden 
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Last Post: 07/08/2015 at 22:18

White Dianthus "Memories"

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Last Post: 25/07/2015 at 17:36

A Shropshire Lad rose

Second crop? 
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Last Post: 24/07/2015 at 18:16

Great wodges of blackfly on my nasturtiums

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Last Post: 20/07/2015 at 07:56

The what and when of feeding clematis

Guidelines please! 
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Last Post: 15/06/2015 at 22:22

Giant poppies

Keep, transplant or ditch? 
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Last Post: 03/07/2015 at 19:31

What are you planting in your pots and containers?

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Last Post: 08/06/2015 at 18:53

Bare Root Wallflowers

What do they like to put their feet in? 
Replies: 14    Views: 1498
Last Post: 08/11/2014 at 11:13

Can anyone recommend a good lawn edging tool?

Replies: 23    Views: 3646
Last Post: 20/02/2015 at 04:50

Penstemon cuttings

Conflicting advice 
Replies: 14    Views: 1078
Last Post: 08/10/2014 at 21:40

Digging up daffodil bulbs to replant

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Last Post: 01/10/2014 at 22:47

Digging up and replanting bulbs elsewhere - yes, or no?

Replies: 2    Views: 372
Last Post: 26/09/2014 at 13:20
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