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Posted: 15/08/2014 at 07:19

Morning folks

Nice looking morning.  Good day and night temps here too Dove 

Re tulip bulbs.  Monty says discard..   I leave them in .....with high losses....but the few I occasionally pot up do seem to survive.  Tulips are so cheap though....ESP bought in the clearance sales.  I have clumps that do survive and thrive rhyme nor reason for me.


plug plants when can i plant out?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 22:42

Delay until next spring DEB. 

You don't say which perennials you have but far too small for planting out this year.  They would also look quite pathetic right now 

White Garden

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 22:40

Lou, how about santolina edging?  Silver grey and evergreen and aromatic. ,perfect for a white garden.

What ate my leucanthemum flowers?

Posted: 14/08/2014 at 22:37

Slugs Steve.   Prob just the odd one or two.  right now it's one of the plants along with dahlias that I check for at night.  


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 15:53

Just popped in to read the forum .  Just checking I was right......Orchid lady did promise us all free meals, didn't she? I'm sure  she did 

A 6' snake,"as thick as a man's arm" is supposedly roaming an area not too far from me.  It seems to be taken seriously by the press  

A border with heleniums,,agastaches amd echinaceas has dozens of bees swarming around in the sunshine.  Looks good except for one spot .....crying out for a soft yellow  flower.  I have an idea but it means swapping  a hostas over for another echinacea I have called Sunrise.    Yet they both look happy where they are   Not a good idea to dig up the echinacea right now though 

Hot here right now so off with the dog 


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 12:19

Hiya Geoffrey

In Cornwall too.....mild west side.

I grow alstromerias .....they can be hit by a spring frost, not often but the threat is there.  However, it's only the top that's affected and flowering is merely delayed .

You don't  say how big your plant is.  

I see no advantage in planting now.  It wont add much to your garden scene.  So, I would keep in a pot.....even repot now if it looks like it needs it......and overwinter in the  GH or under fleece. Next spring .....when your plamt is in full growth....plant out in the garden.


Posted: 14/08/2014 at 07:25

I know Dove....I sent you that weather yesterday but now I want it back.  Dampish this morning and overnight.  

Photinia Red Robin

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 22:17

Yes fbturtle


Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:26

Congratulation s Orchid. Lady.  That sounds excellent    Hope you  make a fortune 

Photinia Red Robin

Posted: 13/08/2014 at 19:20

Hiya FBTurtle

I would cut back the tops as far back as the lowest shoots on each branch .  New growth will be red vibrant leaves.  It's what I do often during the  summer .Do this now

Photinias are not the most attractive shaped plants...they easily get leggy.  I would cut back, water really well, feed and then mulch.  

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