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Latest posts by shazza3

Netting on small plants from nurseries

Posted: 19/06/2015 at 10:58

I agree, if little plantlet is in a pot there's no need for anything else, it's not going to run away is it


last year I bought bedding plants for my son's garden and they all came surrounded by what can only be described as "teabags". I'm not convinced these are biodegradable so I painstakingly removed each and everyone of them before planting and will continue to do in the future. at least then if a plant dies it's not through strangulation !!!   

Bedding Plants

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 18:31

hi and thanks for all the replies.

I am going to keep putting my son's baskets under cover for a few more days then see what happens after that. I bought far too many (as usual) and have had to keep some myself as he has a Labrador pup (which is the size of a small pony !!) that eats anything at ground level so he can't have anything in pots at the moment. Made an executive decision and put some in my own pots so we will see what happens tonight. If it's really cold overnight, they probably won't survive (I hope they will because they were expensive). I may cover them with fleece and keep my fingers crossed. This time last year they were already in his garden and doing well because it was much warmer than it is now. Global warming my foot    

Bedding Plants

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 10:05

hello all, I have given up myself trying to keep bedding plants from being battered by the peculiar weather the last few years, I have just recently (last Saturday to be precise) potted up some Summer bedding plants for my Son into willow planters to be hung around the wall of his garden. I have started trying to harden them off but due to the cold evenings we are still having in Wales haven't yet left them outside all night. If it's not wind/rain it's cold clear skies more like March than June. His garden is enclosed on all sides and is paved so keeps the heat better than mine (we are very exposed). I haven't bought any really tender plants they are Verbena, at the moment they are kept in an unheated greenhouse overnight. Should I try leaving them out all night tonight and see what happens and if they are ok, how long should I do this for before putting them in his garden ??



Geraniums & dahlias

Posted: 18/06/2015 at 09:42

hello, I don't have any dahlias but my pelargoniums don't turn brown that quickly either. the flowers last longer than your seem to have. I know you should deadhead in order for the plant to produce new flowers but it seems as though you are having problems, is it only the white varieties that are doing that ??  are you able to take and post pics for us to see what you mean ???

Geraniums & dahlias

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:41

is the foliage discoloured as well ???

Information please

Posted: 17/06/2015 at 15:40

have only just logged on read your question all the answers. this plant hasn't been poisoned. it has flowered, the petals drop then you're left with the seed heads which if left on the plant will eventually turn brown and disperse the seeds all over the garden. you can cut the stalks down if they are unsightly and also trim all the foliage back to ground level to tidy them up. they will then re-grow new foliage but won't flower again this year. you can buy plant supports which if put around the plant before they grow too high will support the foliage and flowers which then stop them becoming untidy looking, you need to do this at the start of the growing season. I wouldn't send plant or soil off for analysis you would be wasting your money, this is the way these plants grow, I have a border full of them.

hope this helps      

What to do with laburnum?

Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:53

that's a fab tree would love one but think my garden's on the small size unfortunately. I am a great believer in leaving things as they are regardless of whether something is deemed poisonous or not. I'm sure most plants would upset you if you took to trying numerous samples of them, but because we are taught not to do that, we know better. Obviously if the tree is dangerous then it has to come out, but otherwise l'd trim it and see what happens. the key is to teach whatever children visit your garden about the dangers but not get too paranoid about everything, after all growing up and messing about in the dirt/fields never did us any harm and we didn't have the anti-bacterial hand washes that everyone uses nowadays, all too frequently if you ask me 


Posted: 06/06/2015 at 14:33

think the person posing the question might as well dig everything up then cement over it and turn it into a space for his car if he hates gardening that much. No point killing off the wildlife as well. if I hates gardening that much I wouldn't bother buying a house, I'd buy a flat/apartment, much less stress all round !!!!  

Can anyone add to this list?

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 21:08

alas have done all these things as well, once lost a really good well-made trowel that I'd had for years in the space of a few inches where I was planting. bought a new one that wasn't as well made but did same job only to find the original one a few years later that I'd also planted alongside a few perennials that I wanted moved to another part of the garden !!!

At the start of each new season I vow to take more care of where I am putting things down but then completely forget when I get engrossed in weeding/planting, there no hope I'm afraid 

What would you do ???

Posted: 20/04/2015 at 19:56

no sorry didn't think to take one. all I can say is that it's a small patch of garden typical of 1950's semi-detached houses. it gets the sun in the morning then the sun moves around the back from lunchtime onwards. they already have 2 x mini conifers in stone planters that are doing ok, but because none of them have a clue about plant needs (only that they should be watered) I wanted something easy for them to maintain as I don't really have the time to look after their garden as well as my own and working full time.   



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