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Hot composters

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 06:47


no views?

Honeysuckle losing leaves

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 06:42

Yes, I've a white camellia that generally needs some fleece in winter but I didn't use any and it's blooming marvellously with not a hint of brown on the petals. 

Do you reckon we're in for a very bug filled season without having have the cold to reduce numbers?

 I knew I was hooked on gardening when width shed for rain in summer and cold in winter, on behalf of my plants!

Forsythia question.

Posted: 08/04/2014 at 06:36

Yes, I've acid soil.  I've a lovely camellia williamsii (Debbie I think) in a pot and I'm feeling I should give it some freedom to grow.  I assume it'll be happy being kept to max of 1m tall?  Don't want to hide the rest of border (a rhododendron and azalea in shades of purple- - pink camellia will be soooo much better than yellow!)

think that's the death knoll for the forsythia.  Perhaps I should have a go at cuttings first.  I've never done any so good to learn, plus it might be ok to fill isometric gaps in a  mixed hedge I have.

Forsythia question.

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 22:03

I made pig's ear of hard pruning mine which had similarly got too big ( couldn't see the lovely rhododendron behind it from my house which was it's fatal mistake...)

well it looks awful, but it's alive.  Now wondering whether to see what happens or just pull it out.  Tempted to replace it with a potted camellia I have.  At least that would prune better.  And is so gorgeous deserves a permanent position methinks...

xHose ~ any good?

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:46

I've fancied getting one of those.  Let me know what you reckon if you do get one....

Honeysuckle losing leaves

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:39

Perhaps it just reflects the amount of work I haven't put into that bit yet. The cracked bit wasn't planted up.  Ive had various ground works going on- footings for garage etc. I'm hoping all it is is that we've pulled some subsoil up.  

Still it'sbeen dry enough to mow and dry for new planting on banks / under trees. It highlights the bonkers - ness of British the weather and I feel so fortunate compared to much of the country. 

Lupin from seeds

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 21:18

Hi Thistle!

I too am on the learning curve, but everyone here is really helpful.  I grew my first plants from seed last year (tomatoes) and got such a buzz when they germinated. I texted photos to my mum, bounding around all giddy!  (No-one was around.) Later in the year, I  smuggly confirmed to guests, yes my tomatoes were home grown from seed ( as if I always do it)...  Safe to say I'm hooked!  Enjoy!

ID please... bit vague

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:52

Can you view it on google maps street view? 

Honeysuckle losing leaves

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:49

"No way soil could be dry".... try Norfolk.  Whilst mowing the grass in Feb, I stared in disbelief at some cracked clay soil.  Poor souls elsewhere are flooded and I'm mowing and watering. (Only the new stuff though - wouldn't water the established stuff.) 

Feeding routine

Posted: 07/04/2014 at 20:06

Hi guys,

l'm looking for a feeding /protection routine for my borders.  One is established, two are new and there'll be some more on the way.

They are mainly shrubs and herbaceous perennials, on acidic clay soil. I'm a rhododendron fan so needing to maintain the acidity.  One of the borders is a newly planted rose bed (and doing really well probably due to the manure prior to planting - I'm really chuffed.  And a convert to soil improvement!!)

My plan is to feed with chicken manure or blood, fish and bone this time of year, and then mulch late autumn with something mildly acidic like Rowlawn pro mulch topped up with anything I made made myself eg leaf mold, compost, shredded clippings.

Does this sound sensible?  Anything else?  I assume I should also feed the roses throughout the growing season? 



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