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What to do with these

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 14:03

The best thing to do during the first year with a new garden is to watch it grow to see what there is and when it does its thing.   Mow the lawn and remove obvious weeds from borders but observe the rest and make notes and take photos to help you remember what  you like and want to keep or what you don't like and want to lose and also what you want to add or change.

As stated, lavender needs trimming back once flowering finishes and you can cut the stems right back to the top inch of foliage.   They don't regrow from bare brown wood so, if yours are particularly leggy or bald, think about removing them completely and replacing with younger, healthier stock or else disguising the bare legs with other plants.  Lavender grows best in sunny, well drained, alkaline soils and doesn't need loads of nutrients so I doubt feeding it will help.

Roses need an annual prune and how and when this is done depends on what kind they are - shrub, climber or rambler.   It's a bit late now for a major spring prune but it will still be worth going around each one removing dead twiggy bits, thin twiggy bits and any stems that are crossing and rubbing against another.  While you're on, take off any remaining dead flowers or hips from last year, cutting back to a healthy leaf axil.  Roses are hungry plants so give them an instant tonic with a drink of liquid tomato feed and then a handful of slow release special rose feed pellets.  Keep dead heading through the season once they start flowering.   Check the RHS site for advice on pruning for next year - 

No Lily Beetle

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 13:45

They do hibernate in the soil.   This year I've only had a couple of SH frits come back and they're always too early for the beetles to be about.    They usually wait to munch my lilies so beware of tempting fate and thinking they're goners.

Chelsea Show Gardens

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 12:08

I go as often as I can but then I don't spend money on football, concerts and other stuff.

The TV coverage distorts the image in many ways.  The vast majority of people there are ordinary gardening folk who go for the plants.   I like to see a good garden design at Chelsea but don't want to bring it home - too much stone, water, concrete etc.  I'm more interested in the planting schemes and combinations.   There are plenty of ideas too for wildlife friendly features.

It's also a great opportunity to chat with the specialist growers in the pavillion and ask about a plant's suitability for one's own garden and the seed merchants do plenty of special offers.

This year I'm taking OH (I used to get dragged to golf dinners so he has to come at least once) and also my Felco's as one pair ended up in the compost heap and need some TLC which they'll get at the stand at Chelsea.

Pieris brown not pink!

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 12:00

Looks like frost damage to me.    It doesn't take much, just a degree or so of extra cold will do it.

Pinch out those brown bits gently with your fingers, prune out dead brown twiggy bits and stems with good, sharp secateurs and then give you plant a generous drink of sequestered iron and a mulch of ericaceous compost.  It will recover and produce new shoots a bit late.

Chelsea Show Gardens

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:37

There are constraints at Chelsea.  The plots are nearly all a uniform rectangle and have to be designed to be viewed by the public from one short end and, sometimes, a long side.   I think that's why most designers go for linear, angled designs to keep lines of sight. 

HELLO FORKERS May 2016 Edition

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:28

Daniel has posted to say they're sorry about the mess and are going to fix it but can't go back to the old format as 50% of posters now use mobile phones to access the forum.   Strange to think they'd risk losing the 50% that use laptops but there you go. 

Going to the Home page helps with getting to Latest Posts but still can't get to last post read on a thread.   We're going to need lots of patience while they sort it out or else a new home.

Anyway, sunny here but chilly.   OH had a good day yesterday dead heading daffs and weeding under the holly hedge then laying membrane and chipped bark with granite pavers to edge the grass.  He's out at golf today, having a rest.

I'm still faffing with admin and preps for the dance club's annual show this Saturday.    Doesn't help that my main email address has techy problems and I've had to change..........

Roll on Sunday when it will all be over and I can get some proper gardening done again and time for my own projects and plans.

Your new-look forum

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 10:10

Thank you Daniel.   Let's hope your team can act speedily and with due technical rigour before this forum implodes.

Gardeners forum.

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 09:51

I don't see why you can't just post the link for all to see.

This is a free forum and, while I have been very grateful for the service it provides, it is not a censored forum and we have no contract other than to observe rules about politeness etc.   We are allowed to post links to useful sites.

Chelsea Show Gardens

Posted: 05/05/2016 at 09:46

He's doing a homage to British design eccentricity.

Here's a guide to the show gardens this year - 

Your new-look forum

Posted: 04/05/2016 at 23:43

Have just tried finding my way about using the Followed threads button.   I was sent here - posts 181 to 200 of over 1200.

Life is too short to try and fathom that sort of navigational error.  I don't suppose your techies are paid peanuts by any chance?   As in pay peanuts get monkeys.

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