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Bad year for Impatiens?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 22:43

That's the beauty of these forums, Orchid lady. We just assume we've made some kind of mistake in our growing methods, until we come on here, and find out that maybe  we're not as bad a gardener as we thought! It's the pesky breeders that aren't getting it right! They push out plants with glowing reports as to the promise of wonderful things to come, often accompanied by computer-enhanced photographs ( a particular hate of mine), get the money and often leave us with a bitter taste in our mouths. Quality varies tremendously, one batch of Impatiens plugs which in all fairness I bought from a national company more famous for their bulbs, was horrendous, with a survival rate of about 20%, compared to a competitors rate of 99%. I wont be dealing with them again! So it's all very short sighted on their part

Bad year for Impatiens?

Posted: 18/07/2014 at 10:09

I used to have a raised bed with a mass of Impatiens, which grew into a huge mound of colour. Luckily I didn't plant it with them this year, and I think I'll be giving them a miss completely next year. Shame really, because they used to be such a reliable and trouble free plant.

Bad year for Impatiens?

Posted: 17/07/2014 at 23:56

Don''t know about you,but I've had my worst year that I can remember with Impatiens. No sign of the dreaded mildew, they just  - haven't grown! If you didn't know better, to look at them, you'd say they've been ravaged by mutant vampire slugs! But they are all protected, all in different situations, some in borders, boxes, baskets, tubs etc. But all with the same problem - no growth! I've grown Impatiens for years and had remarkable success with them. But this year - nada, zilch, waste of time. Anyone else had the same problem? Incidentally , the New Guinnea Impatiens have still been fine, it's just the 'standard' ones which have given the problems

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Posted: 01/09/2013 at 09:43

Well, I've had a little success. I bought some adustable drippers from LBS at Colne as Daintiness suggested, and restricted the flow to the first two. It took a bit of running up and down ladders to get them balanced, but they seem ok now. I've just got one little problem to sort out today. I have it on a timer, and when the valve opens, a straight connector blows apart. If I push it back on it stays on, but blows again on startup. It is over 25mtrs so I think there must be a sudden surge of initial pressure followed by a steadier stream. I'm going to try cutting the ends off and a new straight connector to see iff that sorts it out

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 17:34

That sounds  like a good idea. Thanks for that . The problem without the restrictor is that it blows the joints apart after a couple of minutes

Anybody had experience of water drippers for hanging baskets?

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 16:50

As I'm going on holiday shortly, I thought I would ease the load on my long suffering and helpful neighbour, by installing a drip system to the three hanging baskets at the front of the house. I ran the pipe from the back of the house, over the garage roof and along the guttering , putting 'T' pieces in to run down the first two baskets and an 'end dripper' on the last. Took a while as, I clipped it all neatly in place along the ridge of the garage to keep it neat and unobtrusive. The grand turn on - and the pressure blew some joints a few times, so i fitted the pressure restricter that comes with the kit. Problem solved. But, the first dripper is fine, as is the second, but the third, nothing. I disconnected at the 'down' side of the second 'T' piece, and the water continued to drip into the second basket, but all that came out of the supply to the third was a gurgling noise, so it cant be blocked. I'm a bit baffled

whats-the-best-or-worst-tools-you-have-and-why

Posted: 30/08/2013 at 16:15

I was bought a pair of folding secateurs a few years ago, and they are the handiest thing. The blades fold inside, and it also has a penknife blade, a 'v' shaped thingy for getting weeds and other obects out of nooks and crannies, a serated tooth blade  AND a corkscrew!! To look at the size of it you wouldn't believe all that was inside. Alas, I recently overstretched its cutting capabilities on a rather large branch and snapped one of the blades on the secateur. My own fault, I was too idle to go and get the loppers. But can I find a replacement? No chance. Despite searching every stall at Southport Flower Show , no-one had seen anything like them. If any-one knows where I can get a replacement, I'd be grateful.

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 11/07/2013 at 11:04

Thanks everyone for the carroty advice. All these years geardening, and never really tried carrots after a couple of failures donkeys years ago. Never grown Cosmos either! Got potatoes, spring onions, beetroot and mooli growing between the fuchsia, pelargoniums and sweet peas etc. ( Real ones, honest -  I sowed them all myself!), and all seem to be doing ok. after a very late start. But then I do live in the frozen North. Lancashire. And its nor raining!!

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 18:57

The time I've spent looking after these  Now what nice young plant can I 'have too many of' I wonder

Wot no carrots?

Posted: 10/07/2013 at 18:39

Ok. It's now a possibility that I haven't been nurturing carrots after all!  The flower is shown below. The stems seem to be  one leaf to one stem though. Don't know what colour a carrot flower is but there you have it. Hmm. Wonder if a certain friend of mine is currently having a bit of a giggle!!

 

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Bad year for Impatiens?

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