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To trim or not to trim

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 22:06
Chris. You say that you have 'attempted'to grow standard Fuchsias. Briefly. Growing standards, quarter, half or full. The stem needs to be supported to a cane, so as to keep it as straight as possible. Throughout it's growing life. All side leaves etc must be removed. The topmost leaves remain until the required height is attained. Then the tip should be pinched ouy. Now branching will take place. It is from now on, that you shape the plant. As with general pinching out, basically the same principal applies. Say every fourth pair of leaves, pinch out or stop. Given time a reall good head will be obtained. Trimming as some call it, is simply a means by which you get rid of weak straggly growth and any dead bits. Removing leaves prior to winter storage. A matter of choice. I keep mine growing all through the winter.

Quality of bought potting compost

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 21:55
Rosemary, at least you did the right thing and complained. As Philippa says. There are several threads on the forum relating to compost etc. Soiless compost, I would have thought might have been just that. Such as Coir [? spelling] That has NO soil in it. Peat Free, as someone has mentioned is compost containg vegetive matter, soil but no marshlant peat. However it might contain Moss peat, which is still marketed. Usually at garden centers etc, there will be some broken open bags. It's well worth examining the contents. Although in Rosemary's case, one would need above excellent eyesight to see tiny seeds.

Interest fro across the pond.

Posted: 11/07/2014 at 00:04
Firing up the puter tonight. Emails. So and so from Gardenersworls etc has sent you a message. Wowee! The message was from a reprter of a well known US journal. This reporter had read my posts on snails and slugs and wished to speak with me. Firstly. Great that this forum is read by our cousins across the pond. So who knows. Is Mike to become a household name in the states? Don't hold your breath.

time to take cuttings

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:57
To be honest. This is where Mike sticks his neck out. I have always admitted that I deviate from the writtenword at times. To me. All the time a plant is growing and advancing, ok, take a cutting. Believe me. It hasn't yet failed.

What is eating my plants ?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:51
Slugs and snails don't always leave a slime trail. As far as I understand it. The slime tail is like a marker to others. KEEP OFF, this is my patch. Suffice to say. Due to the recent spate of invasions etc by these creatures, much backroom work is taking place.

Ivy! Around my tree

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:44
Cut it low down. Eithe apply a systemic weedkiller or, dig it out.

no flowers and no sign of any

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:42
Try a feed of high potash

Who knows their roses?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:41
Sorry. Just to illustrate. I have in my collection. Rosa Deep Secret. HT. Blooms of deep scarlet, strong fragrance etc. My specimem has already flowered. Now it has produced it's second flush. Might I describe it. HT. Strong vibrant growth. Blooms, medium to large. Colour. Light pink. Scent. moderate. Now friends. Plunp togeter both descriptions. Miles apart. Yet the same rose.

Who knows their roses?

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:35
Forgive me. I am a Rosarian. I would never attempt to identify a rose or any other plants, from a mere description. It is fatal.

Lidl bulbs and plants

Posted: 10/07/2014 at 23:31
Lets be honest. Agreed and as an ex.lawman. The label should be correct. However. Take time out and think. Ask yourself. Do I wants some cheap plants that will provide me with a display of colour etc. Or am I a pro or semi pro, looking at building a collection etc. To me personally. All plants are beautiful. However if I wish to be fussy. Then I would go to a specialist nursery.

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Interest fro across the pond.

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Great revival of British Gardens

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Just my luck

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Talkback: Yellow leaves and slow growth

Pippa. I love your blogs and your general writings. Might I pick your brains etc. I am an oldie. 75 in fact I bagan gardening as the bomb... 
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Collecting and Saving Seed.

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