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Planted in the wrong place

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:50

It's always best to move shrubs when they are dormant as this allows the roots time to recover and grow again without the stress of maintaining foliage.   

Let your mock orange flower this year then cut it back as soon as it finishes in order to reduce its size and also encourage the new stems that will flower next year.   Move it after the leaves gave dropped.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 11:03

Muddling through will be a very long process.  This result doesn't, unfortunately, do anything about the calibre, competence and honesty of the people who will be leading the muddling.

Pat - it will affect investment in jobs, research, education, the environment, regional infrastructure, security and so on plus the freedom to live and work elsewhere.   It will affect the UK's ability to influence future international agreements and direction.   Scotland is likely to push for independence so it can stay in Europe.   Wales and poor counties like Cornwall which don't generate enough income to pay for themselves will lose millions in investment in regional support and where is future funding to come from.   Central funds in London raised from taxes in a smaller economy?     

The pound has taken a hit which will affect pensions for everyone who has more than just the state pension.   International bankers and manufacturers will move investment to mainland Europe to keep access to the bigger EU market.   

There has been a colossal lack of information about what being in the EU brings to the UK and the world together with a colossal amount of ignorance about exactly where all the immigrants really come from - mostly from outside the EU.    This is gong to affect future prosperity and security for generations and not just in the UK.

I suspect that, as reported from Swindon last night, the extremely high turnout is not so much a considered vote about UK's future in Europe but a protest vote about the political classes and their disconnection from local life.

Brits who own homes on the continent are a pin prick in the bigger picture but those who've retired there on UK pensions are going to take a huge hit in income, access to health care and social security, legal rights and so on.  

However, what matters here is the bigger picture, not individuals.  This result will have repercussions on mainland Europe and those countries with a growing nationalist agenda as well as Europe's overall security and prosperity.


New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 10:22

Don't put manure in its pot.  It will be too concentrated and may burn the roots.  Save that for mixing into the soil when you do plant it out.  

For potting, use good quality John Innes no 3 with maybe a top dressing of specialist rose fertiliser while it's in a pot.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 10:19



Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:50

Seriously depressing news.    Speechless - well not really but can't say anything polite about the people who voted out last night and am so very sorry for those who have to live with the consequences which will affect so many levels of life and opportunity for generations to come and not just in the UK.


What is your weather like?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 09:35

We're not flooded Liri but very soggy.  The centre of town was a river last night - homes and cars flooded and parts of the railway line from here to Brussels flooded and damaged too.  

Grey day here but dry so far.

New flowerbed ideas

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 01:42

You don't need a greenhouse to sow seeds.  You can buy seed trays with or without modules and with or without a plastic lid to keep in moisture and add a bit of shelter.  Put them on a table on your terrace so they're sheltered by the house.

Prick out into more trays or small pots and grow on till big enough for the borders.   A cold frame will be useful for next year and earlier sowings but is not needed at this time of year.

If your soil is sandy and drains quickly it will leach nutrients so beef it up with plenty of garden compost if you have it or else cheap potting compost with added pelleted manure so the soil retains moisture a bit better and has some minerals to feed your treasures.

Last edited: 24 June 2016 01:43:25

New rose wilting extremely fast?

Posted: 24/06/2016 at 00:43

It's actually a lot to ask of a small young rose to produce and hang on to its flowers at the same time as it is growing a new root system to support future growth.

I would advise you to remove the remaining flower buds and keep removing them this summer so it can grow a stronger root system.   I would also keep it in its pot or move it to a lightly bigger one for the rest of the summer and plant it out in autumn.   Patience is a virtue in gardening and your rose will be stronger for waiting.


Posted: 24/06/2016 at 00:38

Lots of people posting Pat, just not all on this thread.   Some people only do plants chat and there is a separate weather thread and garden visits and so on.

I can't cope with much more of the election coverage so I'm off to bed.   Following the earlier storms there's a very bright moon backlighting an angry looking sky.   May not be a peaceful night.

What is your weather like?

Posted: 23/06/2016 at 23:31

We have had a mega storm with wall to wall lightening overhead and along the horizon for a good 30 miles.   More rain than the drains and ground could cope with so heres's the centre of our town tonight - https://www.facebook.com/maya.remy/videos/10154380614313489/ 

Never seen anything like it here before.

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