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Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:15
Great. I am gradually getting an old friend interested in gardening. Actually the 11th will be the anniversary of his wife's death. He has expressed an interest in coming alon. Wowee. I do hope we can make it. Love to all. Mike.

Help needed

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 23:08
Nick. Sadly I haven't the space to promote a compost heap etc. I should imagine most of us rely on what the local, Homebase/B&Q and the garden centres have on offer. I tried B&Q's general purpos compost. I think that had I saved my inhouse vacuum contents, that might have proved better. I have used Levingtons and most other everyday names. Sorry if this offends anyone but. In the greenhouse and the garden. Using it as a started compost and going forward. Potting up and re-pottin, even to bulking up the beds and borders. I swear by JA Bowers Multi purpose compost.

Reviving a Camelia

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 22:57
Container grown shrubs do look nice at times but. They do require more attention than say a bowl of tulips etc. Camelias can be a bit sensetive at time, although they can also be very tolerant. Sounds like your one has been left for a longtime to care for itself. Right or wrong time. IMO. If a plant is crying out for help. Then MOW is the time to step in and give it some TLC. Firstly. Check it over for boken, damaged growth and cut out. Spindly growth can also go. Think about as getting rid of poor sad sap drinkg rubbish. Then remove from the container. Wash away the old soil. Examine the roots. It is quite safe to cut away really thick heavy old root stock. Think all the time. You want this baby to get the best of everything. Repot with fresh ericaceouse compost. Water, preferably with rain water, why? Tap water contains chlorine and lime. Camelias are acid lovers. If you intend to keep the plant in a container, then you will have to really give it loads of TLC. Careful watering and feeding. A quick tip for those growing Camelias, Rhodos etc in the ground. Remember they are surface rooting and acid lovers. Most of the leaf damage being experienced now, may be due to rust of various kinds, but sudden climate, moisture changes are taking their toll.

Ground Cover Question

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 22:39
Hi Howard. Do you simply desire to hide the bare soil, or have you perhaps something in mind such as planting a few alpines also/ Slate chippings can be used, however as our friends say, they can slip or get washed down. Much depends on the gradient etc.

Solar powered pond pumps

Posted: 29/09/2014 at 22:34
Fishy. Dealing more with the solar panel. We had a pump/fountain in our pond, power supplied by the panel. The latter measured around 6x10" Study make. Worked very well until one of a visiting foxes became mesmorised by the changing led lights. It took little effort for foxy to chomp off the spray head. I then connected the panel to a water feature. In a very short time, the panel stopped working. Following various enquiries. The general feelins were much the same. The SP's don't last long and in most cases replacements don't exist. So a complete setup is required. It seems that to use water features etc in the garde, then a low voltage mains supply is well worth considering.
Hope the family are OK. Regards Mike.

Winter and shade hanging baskets

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 23:12
Fair do's. However. Frost can penetrate porches etc. Just stop an think. Here you have a plant in a container. Totally exposed to al weathers etc. As a hanging basket. Even the lowest parts are subject to cold, frost etc. Might I suggest, that unless your porch or other area is heated. Then take down you baskets and store in a frost free area.

Abbreviations

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:55
HEY you lot! Give a thought for us poor sad old watsits. I once typed in the searc area. Computer and text abbreviations. Loads came up. I still subscribe to a police forum so you might well imagine some of the plain talk and the cyber speak. For me. I will stick to th old way of life.

Potato berry???

Posted: 28/09/2014 at 22:48
Totally agree.

Insect bites

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 23:55
Urtica cream

Trip to Cambridge University Botanical Garden 11th October

Posted: 27/09/2014 at 23:51
Yes. It would be nice to put faces to names. However some of us oldies to get a bit confused at time. So please, once again for the Prof; The venue etc.

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