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Posted: 15/02/2017 at 16:17

I have sent you PM Frank

come on folks let's let him know he is not allowed to go 

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Posted: 15/02/2017 at 16:08


Your poetic style of writing alone demands you continue to entertain us.  Your wit and wisdom are essential to the forum.......I always enjoy and value your posts.  

Those "dangerous females" will be sobbing their hearts out if you leave so think on Frank. 

so, DO NOT LEAVE........OK.??

Plant list for new border..

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 15:58

Hiya Mark,

Black Adder is superb.  Had a big clump near helenium El Dorado and they flowered all summer together but other clumps too.  Next to yellow dahlias like Clare de Lune they look sensational I think. Bees love 'em 

yes I grow the oranges Mark like Summer Sunset and one called Tangerine are shorter but flower equally as long.  Survive winters here but cuttings always sensible.  Look out for Agastache Kudos Mandarin too one of the new breed of compact agastaches.  Kudos Gold too 

if you like agastaches, Summer Sky and Blue Boa are excellent blues, Raspberry Summer is a delightful  dark pink, Kudos Yellow, Summer Glow and, for another excellent tall variety check out Sangria.  Rich red/pink.    

Well drained soil and as warm as possible.  They respond well to the occasional watering in summer too 

Another warm sunny day and all this talk of agastaches is making me pine for summer 

As if the day couldn't get any better.........

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 15:43

Thanks Hazel.  Always exciting isnt getting new plants?    

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Posted: 15/02/2017 at 12:58

SGL I would like to but one slice to you, another to someone else!    Where does it end?  Hope you understand my plight.  You are my favourite too 

Damping off

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 12:53

keeping your greenhouse as clean as possible is the best starting point Emma.  In autumn a thorough clean with a disinfectant is essential I think.  Equally, those pots and trays must be washed in strong disinfectant..I use bleach.  And use fresh compost.  Compost needs to be reasonably moist but not wet .and seedlings need space and good ventilation.  

Opening greenhouse door may not be wise.....if the weather is cold your seedlings will suffer.  

Sowing too early is a mistake we all tend to make but later sowings in warmer conditions will cope better. 

Not sure of gh heater can create areas of condensation to the detriment of seedlings. I remember many years ago when we had  an unusually cold winter someone lost all his plants in his heated greenhouse.  In contrast mine surivived in a cold greenhouse.  my plants were kept drier than his were I think !! 

Removing dead foliage and good spacing is all you can do now.  Cheshunt Compound was an excellent product to help prevent damping off but I think this has been discontinued.  Resist the temptation to water repeatedly. 

you dont say what your seedlings are but a later sowing perhaps! 

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Posted: 15/02/2017 at 11:49

Forum sweetheart Runny!   

Yes, I really can be bought for a few donuts but that cake looks awesome 

As if the day couldn't get any better.........

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 09:55

just had a phone call from Ashwood Nurseries.....the premier hellebore guys.  

A double black hellebore in 3 litre pot and in bud is available to me.  Should arrive on Friday.  

Now to prepare the perfect spot........behind a group of snowdrops perhaps?  Or next to a double yellow hellebore?  Or any ideas folks?

so, what made your day even better folks?

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 09:44

Hey Johnny, touched 15 here too yesterday afternoon. 

An early walk/ run to the beach this morning.  Miss the old dog though but gentle mists rising over the calm sea and over the dunes, no wind and sunny feeling warm.  Will pass on the swim for now.    As our local radio says "loving where we live".  

forecast is good too......spring is within touching distance 

Bareroot perennials planting

Posted: 15/02/2017 at 09:33


good idea of Bob's about mycorrhizal fungi esp for shrubs and trees.......dusting damp bare roots to ensure direct contact.   Must remember that.  Not sure I would use it for perennials other than for heathers.

not too keen on bare root plants but they are cheap right now.  I always pot them up and grow them on for a few weeks.  Bare root can be stubborn esp when planted too early.  Esp so with echinaceas which are likely to rot off if bare root planted now.  grow them in pots and repot a few times to plant out in early summer as 3 litre specimens.   Also, don't let them flower before midsummer, esp the new hybrids.  They need to develop strong root systems to flower well then right up to the frosts. 

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