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Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:46

When I buy plants like that I always pot it up first and give it some tlc.

Put it in your mini GH for a week or two and - then like any plant - gradually harden it off. - in at night out in the day, until the weather is warmer and you have strong growth.


Posted: 26/02/2014 at 12:41

Good day All

we tried to put our GH up and ended up paying for someone to do it. Not as easy as instructions make out. Wish you well with it - I love mine now.- Radio, chair, plants - great

Had a frustrating fridge/freezer day yesterday - to long a story to tell but it took 4 weeks for someone to fix it and we have spent a couple of days without refrigeration - today it is really luxurious to have chilled milk, water etc 

A stumpery - by the end of the year I aim to have one - a long term project - would love to see your photos of its development and which plants you decide on - please

Mmmmmm Marmalade scent. 


Posted: 25/02/2014 at 13:21

Good day

Must be a day for headaches. feeling a bit low, sometimes life just catches up with me.

Very sunny here but a really cold gusty wind.

Hoping to go into garden and mulch the bed I lightly forked over yesterday. I moved a couple of plants and emptied a pot of gladiolus byzantine into it. Last year I didn't know where to put them so potted them. I dug up an alstroemeria - planted last year but was pale pink, wrong colour for the bed- as i dug it up it split into 2 so have potted both up for the future.

Cheese on toast for lunch - just arriving 

Raised Beds Cat Poop

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 16:42

My raised beds are 4 ft wide _ bought canes and 60cm wide plastic netting, threaded the netting in 4 ft sections onto canes, secured it to canes with a bit of wire and lay it across the beds. Can work that way in 60cm wide blocks, when plants are mature in a block, can remove framework for just that block. Works for me, 


Transplanting a non flowering Magnolia ??

Posted: 24/02/2014 at 13:38


I garden in clayey soil. Every spring and early autumn I give my magnolias a mulch of ericaceous compost. They are very young ones - 2 have buds but the one like yours is healthy but no flowers, I have read that some take a few years to flower

This last week I popped a helping of bonemeal  and then mulched them as I said above.

hope this helps.

I am not experience enough to know about moving it. Sorry I can't help there.


Posted: 24/02/2014 at 11:25


Sun has come to say hello so am off to attempt to sort out the 4th raised bed, the others were done last week in a brief time without rain or wind.

I wish I had Gg energy as well, you do so much.

Big project for garden this year is beginning to take shape (in my head) a large wood board we had went this morning so now I can see the wood from the trees - or rather the fence from the wood.

Next stage is to measure and try to put it all down on paper, - stumpery(small), wild life pond, shrubbery, trellis to hide shed , hedgehog house!

Will keep you all posted - a season long project not a quicky 


Posted: 23/02/2014 at 11:24



Morning all

Just been through the morning posts - discovered the 'problem' late last night

I was going to garden but the rain and worse, the wind is here and very strong so will be inside -maybe sorting photos into folders - a never-ending job, may sow a few seeds but that will entail going outside for seed trays - so - maybe not

Back later



Posted: 22/02/2014 at 19:36

Olive Tree care indoors....losing it leaves- what am I doing wrong?

Posted: 22/02/2014 at 19:34

Moved mine into GH(cold) in case very cold weather. Was asking them if they wanted to go outside now. CH house/conservatory is too warm for them. I do keep them on the dry side all the time.

Also always have them on pot feet, seems to work has them a few years now


Posted: 22/02/2014 at 16:09

It's just called a Credale (or similar) double. They had lots of different ones. I think it must be a nursery that propagates there own and some come out really good. Think this one was spectacular and was looking for a double. May have escaped the folk who look for winning ones.

Bought it from a local nursery.

I have 3 now (different sorts)waiting till I can plant them. This one though I am considering putting in a pot then  can bring it onto the patio just when winter needs a cheer up

Whoops just realised there is a hellebore thread.

Off for a bath now - hard day in garden

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