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Lovely weather to garden

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 20:17

Perishing here.  4C with added wind chill from a penetrating north easterly which is far too unfriendly.    No gardening today at all.


Posted: 22/03/2015 at 12:32

Kim - hanging baskets are exposed to more sun and wind than plants in the ground that may be shaded or sheltered by others and have reserves of water in the soil.  You have to water them every single dayand it also helps to give them a liquid feed once a week to keep them flowering.

On very hot days, you'll need to water them morning and evening to get them through the day and let them recover at night.

Tree Saws

Posted: 22/03/2015 at 11:04

I use the Wolf pruning saw head on handles of various length depending on what I'm pruning and how high or large it is.     I can get at anything with it and at any ange just by changing the handle length.

I reckon for anything over 5 or 6 inches thick you need a man with a chain saw who wants some free fire wood.    Don't want to play with chain saws myself any more and it takes far too long to cut big branches and trunks even with a very effective pruning saw.

Any advice for first ever visit to RHS Chelsea & GW Live?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 23:06

Chelsea - get there as early as you can so you can see the show gardens before the crowds arrive.   Make sure you wear comfortable shoes and clothes in layers as it can get hot.  Take a back pack to carry sandwiches and a bottle of water as they are expensive on sight and there are queues.   Take a plastic bin bag to open out to sit on the grass for your picnic as there are never enough tables and chairs.  Remember sun screen or umbrella depending on the forecast.

People are generally polite and patient about letting everyone have their turn at the front to see the show gardens but you may need to be thick skinned, especially on non members days.  Make sure your camera is fully charged and has loads of disk space.  Take your time in the floral marquee so you don't miss anything.  It is huge. In there you can talk to some of the best growers in the world about how and where to grow particular plants and place orders with them.   

Apart from the odd stand selling lily bulbs and seeds in the floral marquee you can't buy plants at Chelsea except on the last day at closing time but there are seed stands and sundries such as garden tools, clothes, pictures, ornaments, art work and so on that you can buy so have some cash and a credit card with you.

Enjoy it.  It's a great show with a completely different atmosphere from Tatton, Hampton Court and Malvern.   Haven't been to GW live so can't comment on that.

Poultry manure pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 22:51

The pellets I use are a mix of chicken, cow and horse manure and have a better nutrients ration than just chicken.  I scatter them liberally across all the beds in spring once we get regularly above 8 to 10C and also use it as a top dressing for my hosta pots every spring.  Pots of lilies and agapanthus get rose fertiliser as do other flowering plants in pots and baskets.

Fuschia problem

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 13:06

I have overwintered trailing fuchsias in baskets and troughs in my unheated greenhouse.  I started watering them sparingly 10 days ago and now have teeny weeny shoots on the ones in the big trough but no sign of anything yet on the ones in baskets.

I don't expect them to be in full growth before the end of April so plenty of time yet.



Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 13:02

Sadly, I have just harvested the last chilies and binned the plants to make space for tomatos and new chilies to be sown this weekend.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 12:32

My garden was cow pasture for centuries so is very fertile and the bed in question is on the north facing side of the house so gets no direct sun in winter as the sun sets before it gets round that far.   It produces very happy hostas and ligularias and hemerocallis and chelones later in the season but maybe the winter cold and lack of sun plus the longer time to warm up in spring explains why my lily of the valley are spreading slowly and are not as invasive as most people seem to find them.   

I love them and will certainly be giving BM's idea a go but not in this house.  I need my window sills here for over wintering chilies and herbs for the kitchen.

Poultry manure pellets

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 11:58

Pelleted poultry manure contains less nutrition than Growmore and releases its nutrients more slowly as the soil warms up.  It is also slightly alkaline so shouldn't be used near ericaceous plants and you will need extra specialist fertilisers for gross feeders such as roses and clematis.  However, it is organic so improves soil better than Growmore which is a by-product of oil refining.   You need to check the label as quality and nutrient levels will vary from one brand to another.

Here's what the RHS has to say - 

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 11:52

Looks good.   I have them in our damp, shady bed next to the terrace.   They're traditionally sold as sprigs here for May Day but mine never flower in time except last May because we hadn't had a proper winter so they got ahead for once.

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