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Anybody use Stewart Balconniere planters?

Posted: 04/05/2014 at 22:30

..I've got these planters, although I have the slightly smaller 35 and 30cm and in green.... I'm not quite sure what you've done there with yours.... with each pot, in the base, there is a square infill with little holes in it, this sits at the bottom of the pot...there will be a gap underneath...this is the reservoir...

... you should remove the 2 plastic tubes that are attached underneath this infill shelf... you will find that one of these tubes fits inside the other [just about - it's a tight fit, you need to push one tube into the end of the other about an inch or so, it won't go any more... then you will have 1 long tube.... this long tube is pushed into a hole in the infill that you should be able to see at the bottom, so you will then have your pot, with infill at the bottom and a long tube inserted into the base, which will be long enough to be well above the top rim of the container... are then ready to fill with compost - no need to use stones - fill with compost to just below the rim of the pot.... so then you should have a container filled with compost but with the plastic tube sticking out above several inches higher than the pot.... this tube, which remember has fitted into the base reservoir... is used for feeding and watering....

I find that, initially after planting up the container, I shall still water like you would a normal container...i.e. I won't use the tube until the plant has grown on and the roots are likely to have reached the bottom... then I shall start using the tube for feeding and watering.... this is when the reservoir really comes into use...

hope you can understand all that.. I also found instructions to be minimal to say the least and had to work it out for myself to some degree...


......the good guys

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 23:35

£17.99 isn't too bad for what is a Standard Azalea...they are often much more than that...I note the leaves are just developing and it seems to be coming along o.k. perhaps after a slow start.... too late to flower this year I should think...but it should develop flowering buds later on for next Spring.... long as it's in Ericaceous compost, then don't worry about it...

Shed - man or womans world?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 13:20

...the contents of my shed are much like my handbag... a complete mess....  my husband wouldn't dare rummage....even a thief might go...aaaarrrghhh!...

Can you be brutal with a hosta?

Posted: 02/05/2014 at 01:01
st ephie wrote (see)

Forget the gaudy multi-coloured leaved varieties and go for hostas with scented flowers - they beat lilies into a cocked hat as far as I'm concerned. this one perhaps...?  not a Hosta lover but I don't mind one grown in a container like this... I find the multi coloured leaves looks rather brash for my taste... this is sieboldiana 'Elegans'... a fairly popular variety...


Camera Corner

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 23:10

..that's a gorgeous shrubbery above there...with the square shaped lawn...I like that very much.... perhaps a bit of tlc needed in the bit sparse..? amongst the, what looks like Uncinia plants..?...otherwise very nice indeed...I should add, I also like the little pine conifer above that... I think I've got one of those... sweet little things...

...I do appreciate the photo from Nikki J of Striding Edge from Helvellyn... it always scared the life out of me and I refused to go up it... I can see all those people making their way across... fantastic shot...!

No to everyone who asks for donations ? Do you agree or disagree with this ?

Posted: 29/04/2014 at 11:18 might like to speak to your local Asda 'community champion'... the larger stores will have one who sets up charity donations for shoppers to contribute by popping in those little green tokens they give at the checkout.... they run these for about 2 months at a time, with 3 choices.... anything to do with children, schools etc. are usually very popular with parents and children enjoy popping the tokens into the boxes too.... it also gives publicity as the one that gets the most tokens [they all get some money even if they don't win]... will also get into the local paper, with a photoshoot etc... benefits Asda in this way... the shoppers only put the tokens in the boxes, it doesn't cost them anything otherwise...Asda puts up the money....  not huge amounts.... but to quote from one of their main competitors...''every little helps''...

What shrubs are these?

Posted: 27/04/2014 at 08:18

..the white variegation on that conifer I think is natural for that type..can't remember what it's called, probably the one already mentioned but you see these sold in supermarkets as dwarf conifers...

..the 2nd photo I would say is Cotoneaster 'Coral Beauty'...

Hang out the washing

Posted: 26/04/2014 at 01:16

my rotary dryer is situated in an area with winter flowering shrubs as a I tend not to use it much during that season, leaving it closed up most of the time... relying on my tumble dryer a hefty electric the weather warms from April I start using it again but by now the rest of the garden takes over, and it doesn't interfere so much... ideally it would be hidden behind trellis...


Posted: 24/04/2014 at 18:45

..when it's finished flowering, which might be about now, depending on type... I've just cut one back, achieve a better shape...

Crocks in Pots - A Waste of Time ?

Posted: 24/04/2014 at 13:18

..I no longer use crocks...however, for containers remaining outside all winter, I do put them on pot feet...

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