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Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:38

Hi Lisa

It does sound like the'yre not happy in your soil, though you could try giving them an acid-type feed over this season. It really depends on the age and root run of the plants. I think you'd struggle to move well established Rhodos to pots, but if they're struggling now I think you've nothing to lose by trying.

I love Rhodos and grow mine in pots. Just to try and persuade you they're worth the effort, I have a 30-odd yrs old one which I've just re-potted over the years into bigger and bigger pots.While most (but not all) have a small flowering season, there's not much can compare.

A bit of root pruning will probably be needed. Yes ericaceous compost is a must, then water in some sequestrene or suitable fertiliser. Give it a go, you've nothing to lose!

Fruit and Veg in Baskets

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:25

I've grown Tumbling Tom toamtoes in hanging baskets. Here's a link about the best varieties

I've also tried strawberries, but like Dove, didn't find they crop very well. I've just bought a couple of Mints which trail.

What soil/compost you use is even more important in baskets/containers than it is in the garden - as is feeding


Posted: 16/06/2013 at 09:14

Digging is the best form of exercise so they say!

I've mainly used digging, but have also used glyphosate selectively, in that I don't spray or water it in, I paint the leaves. 

I'll be using a membrane under slate to replace some paving, but wouldn't use to kill off weeds

Just watching A-Z of gardens about earthworms - the gardeners friend .

Laying turf on a gravel/soil/dirt mixture - possible?

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 08:57

I agree, you need to find out what's under the gravel. If it's soil then as Darren says I'd rake off all the large stones, add in lots of top soil. Turf or seed depends on your bank balance. If you seed or turf at this time of year you might have to keep watering if we get a dry summer (yeah right!).  Aslo if you seed you'll need to keep off it, I would keep off till next spring. It looks pretty flat so that's a plus.

Hope you enjoy your garden as much as I do mine munroar

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 16/06/2013 at 08:44

Chicky all my photos this year have been taken with my iPhone4 as my proper camera broke on holiday.

Mrs Garden I'm in North Derbyshire, and apart from Buckeye Belle the others are still in bud. They all are pretty heavy with buds though.

Nut, my Iris Black Swan is over, but Roseplic has its first flower open


new garden

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 08:26

Agree with all above, would also add Clematis Freckles, Virbunum Bodnantse (large, but slow growing shrub) which flowers all through winter with a beautiful scent, Rosemary in mild winters will flower at Christmas, Sarcoccoca Hookeriana (Christmas Box) flowers in early spring with a wonderful scent. The thing to remember is winter flowering plants tend to have small flowers, but quite often a wonderful scent. 

Gardeners World Live tomorrow

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 08:15

Photo uploads - I find I have to resize mine to make them smaller - generally 800x600 pixels uploads quickly. I use a little invaluable free program called Irfanview which is a really simple graphic editor

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 15/06/2013 at 08:08

Thank you Bev.

Nut, I thought all my plants were late - just got my first paeony flowering yesterday - Buckeye Belle.


Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:26

Skyrunner, your garden is fab!

Garden Gallery 2013

Posted: 14/06/2013 at 22:25

Just watched Gardeners World and thought I post a couple of plants they featured tonight. I'd just taken these after the heavy rain we had today. I had 2 nearly empty 100 litre water butts at the weekend. Tonight they're overflowing. Iris sibirica, and Geum Mrs Bradshaw providing a good companion to the slightly drab Oriental Poppy Patty's Plum - complete with rain drops.




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