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Daliah in pots?

Posted: 15/03/2013 at 13:24

I now always grow my dahlias in big pots. They just dont survive the slimey army in my soil.

Agree, biggest pot with good compost- JI3 type- plus food pellets/regular feeding over the season. Water gel added to the comopst at planting time too stops potential drying out- even in a season such as last yr.

Get supports in place fairly quickly otherwise a strong wind can do damage before you realise.

I dont have too many earwig problems, but do find some varieties are more suceptible to slug attack than others, even in the pots. I use copper tape/strips around the pot/plant stem of those I really wouldnt want to lose.

Mine are now starting off in the house- some on a sill, others in front of the patio windows. Any MP compost fine for that & yes, you'll need to repot a couple of times for the biggest flowered/tallest varieties. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 19:41

Peace around here again. Daughter gone home with a loaded up car, washing up done, boiler being good- dont hold your breath- & I shall sit on sofa, clutching remote continuing with 'the box sort out'.

Must remind OH about his cars' MOT/service.

Right, off to continue with sorting. J.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 19:34

Frank, I was just going to use the greenhouse staging as a work bench for seed sowing. The seeds will be for the sill propagator inside the house.

It ended up sleeting out there & now it's raining steadily again. No seeds sown, but 3 big bags of shredded paper now under staging in greenhouse.

We may get a sort of decent day here on Saturday, when am otherwise occupied- drat! Mind you with the forecast for next week, I think another week will go by before I get much done. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 18:59
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Oh Lizzie! Don't open that can of worms!! Everyone bathing together! Brace yourselves for the smutty talk off the usual offenders everybody!


Doesnt bare (!) thinking about does it? sorry.....

Had garlic flavoured tagliatelle with mushrooms, onions & tomatoes. Am risking a small coffee.

Daughter needs a favour. I've been asked to go down to TC, again, to collect some curtains that have arrived at John Lewis. Have printed off all the paperwork & always have my photo driving licence with me. She hasnt got photo identity on her today, so Mum to the rescue before they get returned to the warehouse. After all the faffing around t'other day am just glad that she finally made up her mind! J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 16:37

Happy Birthday Inka, enjoy!

Figrat- free?? Do tell....

Oh good, sensible receptionist has sorted, confirmed & just let me know about the hospital appointment confusion. Dont you just appreciate efficient people?

Boxes have been opened....... Just remembered that daughter arriving sometime soon. Have meal to do, J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:32

Well I found more shredding to do, typical - had left another bag at the top of the stairs. Anyway, all finished & 3 bags squished under staging in greenhouse- compost bins are behind it. It's trying to sleet out there now so shant be doing seeds today.

Must admit am on a roll re the paperwork, so better not stop whilst feel like that! Going to investigate the stored work-related paperwork boxes in the bottom of my wardrobe now. Cant remember when I last even looked in them! Tomorrow due to be wet up here so will deal with a box in the spare room which does need sorting.

Am now feeling guilty at how cross I was on phone. J.

Hellebore flowers

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 15:19

Dont be too hasty to remove the flowers yet. Ok, those any with black/dark brown splodges on them, or the leaves, should be disposed of, not composted btw. When there's a heavy frost the plants do droop. Once the temperature rises they should perk up again. We had -5C this morning & mine have just about 'come round'. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:17

A Jack Russell Flo? Who's the boss around there then? I often see a lady walking 3 of them! brave lady. J.

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Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:14

Well I gave in & ate that Eccles cake that was looking at me.......

Geoff am 'stalking' you. Have also replied to the summer bulb thread.

Hmm, rain on/off now, but sun trying. Done all the shredding & re-filed all the 'stuff' so I can now find it easily. Perhaps will go down to greenhouse after all. Do have 2 big bags of shredded paper to take down there anyway. J,

Please ell me what to do with my summer bulbs!!!

Posted: 14/03/2013 at 14:07

Ok here goes-

Gladiolus- plant 10+cm/4-5ins deep between March/May. They should flower July-Oct. The corms then should be lifted in Oct & stored dry/frost free until the next Spring. If you live in a very warm part of UK you could possibly risk well mulching them in the Autumn & leaving in situ- but I'm not sure about that.

Ranulculus- plant claw-side downwards 2.5cm/1in deep in well drained sunny site, again march/April. Some however prefer moister soil, part shade, so it depends on variety. Again those in sun apparently need storing dry over winter.

Freesia- grow in sheltered, sunny garden spot. 5cm/2ins deep late April/May. No point in trying to keep- discard once flowers finished.

Lily- a well-drained spot, but enriched compost. Sun best or part shade possible. If pot grown, plant now. March usually the start time for them. Plant deep 6-8ins/15-20cms. Pot grown ones can be overwintered next to a wall/behind a shed & repotted/restarted next Spring. Lily beetles love them so watch out for signs of attack.

Hope that helps, J.

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