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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.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 10:49

Dunno.  Never tried.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 09:05

Christmas tree pot.

 No decisions on the others yet till I've sorted out existing pots and know what else I may need.

Talkback: How to grow dahlias from tubers

Posted: 20/03/2015 at 08:39

Check over your tubers for any rotted or damaged ones then start the healthy ones off in trays or pots of compost in a shletered, frost free spot.   When they start to make shoots you can take cuttings at about 3" high and root them in pots of compost and grit.

Have a read of this from the RHS -


Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 16:55

Shoulders joints complaining after Tuesday's battle with the conifer so no gardening but I did go to the GC to stock up on fresh peanuts for the bird feeders and 20 small perennials leapt into my trolley.  

Buy 1 for 2.45 or get bulk price of 10 for 1.95 each in 4 inch pots so now I have 5 each of a deep red achelia, lychnis Vesuvius, fiery red and orange potentillas and bright red tanaceum - hot, hot, hot.   They'll go in the greenhouse for a few days then be potted i-on till big enough to go out and fend for themselves.

Shabby Chic Anyone?

Posted: 19/03/2015 at 15:20

I love the metal tubs and the blue pots.  Lovely looking house and garden too.

I found some old galvanised laundry tubs in a street market here a few years ago. The biggest and widest (mini bath tub style) has been painted a satin black and has been used as an ice bucket for beers when we had big BBQs but now we have a drinks fridge so it can become a planter.  Then there's a straight sided one I painted red and green and stencilled with gold snowflakes to hold the Xmas tree and one more to paint up or leave natural.  Decisions decisions.

Whilst walking the dogs the other day I found an 8" square, slightly rusty, cream metal bird cage which I rescued.  It'll look great with a trailing plant or candle in it.



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