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decorative pots

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:31

Pansy2, I would put a Thuja plicata in your pot, it is a small slow growing Golden Conifer I have had some for years and they give a year round show for little effort apart from a light trim and a feed now and then. They like a slightly acid soil and the gold turns to bronze in the winter. They are fully hardy and mine have dried out a couple of times with no ill effect. Taxus another Conifer is more vertical but still golden and slow growing, the scent from the conifers is quite nice too, well I like it.


Dieing seedling

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 09:14

Kevc, seedlings are like new born babies they need TLC, too much of everything can kill them. Too much heat, cold, water, too rich a compost and in some cases unsterilised compost. I use my own mix of seed compost 1/3 compost 1/3 fine grit 1/3 washed sand. The potting on compost is only 1/2 compost 1/4 grit and 1/4 washed sand. An old fork to get under the seedling and lift with plenty of compost attached to the root system, with my potting on tray ready filled with compost and firmed down just a little (do not compact it) poke a hole in the compost with pencil or prodder and ease  the seedling into the hole but sink it so part of the stem is also in the hole then gently firm the seedling in. Water trays or pots from the bottom up (stand in a bowl of water until the top of the compost looks just damp) stand aside to drain excess water and then put in a light warm place out of direct sunlight at first and out of cold air flow. Turn the trays daily so they grow evenly and try to make sure the warmth is fairly constant at first, they do not like big variations in temperature.
It all sounds a bit time consuming but you get into a rhythm when potting on a lot of seedlings, I put my music on, brain out of gear use a high stool to sit at my compost filling tray dreaming of a lotto win, time flies.
One thing to remember some seedlings will fail and you will not need all you manage to strike, discipline is needed to just pot on what you need plus a spare tray then the rest onto the compost heap.
Hope this helps,


What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 24/04/2012 at 08:49

Alina, The sun shines on the righteous as it is doing now at 08:30 as i drink my morning tea.
Teesside after some night showers is now bathed in the golden stuff, a mottled sky with a bit of everything up there including blue sky and I can see clearly (they should write a song about ti) the Cleveland hills. Need some shopping today but can see a nice afternoon in the garden coming up, may need to change that to GH or Garage depending on the task.

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Posted: 23/04/2012 at 21:39

Teesside, we got a real sunset tonight, I watched the sun set in the west then the sky turned pink. Alina, whilst you were getting wet I was sitting in the conservatory with my little granddaughter doors wide open and full sun, not that I am rubbing it in mind.
Saint Georges day and people talking about rusty knights, from my memories of Southampton Browndown and Gosport there were plenty of rusty arcs around, we rescued one and it now floats in Hartlepool fully rigged.

What's the weather like in your area?

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:53

Alina, sitting in bright sun in the conservatory a while back I was watching the biggest blackest storm cloud to my West and Heading South in your direction.
Teesside today started fine then a shower and back to sunshine. I can look across the valley and see features in the Cleveland Hills so it must be fair over "Rain" at the moment. What we should not forget is April showers bring the flowers that bloom in May?

What to do!!

Posted: 23/04/2012 at 13:41

Yvonne, you are doing well each and every one of us on these boards had to learn some of us being lucky in that we had parents with an interest in gardening to teach us. Look at your garden as not a whole but in manageable sections and tackle one bit at a time, if you start off with more than one project something suffers and gardening is long term. I would say take plenty of cuttings from what you have and bring them on to fill bare parts. next month you can sow seed straight into the soil so a few packets of cheap seed will soon fill areas for you. The obelisk mentioned is a good idea but you can also grow runner beans up them as well so flowers greenery and something for the pot. Some trellis or wires on the fences and grow climbers from fruit to roses Clematis or whatever you fancy. This time of year you could find sales on plants going over their best, you get to see what you are buying but it is planning for next season, they will be settled and flowering normally.
A word on borders, one skinny border looks nothing you need a bit of depth with from the fence tall plants and working to the front smaller plants. Lay out a hose pipe or line in a serpentine shape and alter it until you have what looks well then with a bottle filled with dry sand mark the outline you like, take a deep breath and start cutting. Any turf you lift stack upside down in a corner of the garden and leave for a year, you will have some lovely potting soil from that.
A bit at a time Yvonne, I look out each morning on a long row of lovely Primroses which have lasted weeks, they came from one plant I was given years ago which I split year by year until I have a border length of them, you can do the same, it takes a little patience.
Good luck,

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Posted: 22/04/2012 at 23:00

Shrinking Violet I remember everything that we used to do vecause it was fun with friends who would have a go. I started a poetry day last year and got some screams of anguish "I cannot do that" an hour later we were getting posts thick and fast, some of them very good indeed.
I do not include myself in that statement as I was once told in a very posh voice I was quite good at doggerel, "oh well" you cannot win them all.
Writing the verse into word first and thinking it would be easy to cut and paste it on here was a disaster so it will have to be straight onto the post then. We will give it a try tomorrow.
The weather did pick up on Teesside later, we got some sun but then all the lawn mowers came out to disturb things.

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Posted: 22/04/2012 at 22:49

OK Tattiebogle
yes it works which means
we could write
directly onto the post
in poetry


Posted: 22/04/2012 at 11:23

Wall flowers or "Cheiranthus" are "perennials" although often treated as "biennials" they will grow almost anywhere and I have tubs of them around the garden for the scent and the cheerful look of them. If they are in pots then leave them and enjoy, place in a sunny spot if ever we get any sun. you can propagate them by soft wood cuttings and bring them on for the next spring.



Posted: 22/04/2012 at 11:13

Lavenders which I have grown for years tend to have a life of 7-8 years gradually lose the bottom growth and become woody. I trim lightly after flowering and never into the older wood, it never comes back. My way is to take cuttings and bring them on in pots until those planted out are at the end of their days and then replace them but move them away from where the old plant stood. I have given spares away all around me and this year they will nearly all be new some in pots as I now find it easier to pot things rather than planting. Plants do not last forever, it is always best to have cuttings ready potted up to move in as Carol Klein does in her garden.


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