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Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:35

Philippa, do we say the same thing about our footballers?  Many do not perform well yet receive obscene salaries.  Most of us prob regard that situation as intolerable and insulting to the many who have very little 

I agree with you about others doing "excellent jobs" without acclaim. Also about the amount of money for other things.  Perhaps we need to re assess our priorities.....this from someone who enjoys his sport and delights in the prestige we get from our top athletes.  

The Olympics caught our imagination and Team GB did the country proud.  Clearly the athletes were...are...fabulously well paid.  It is naive....not you Philippa...for anyone to think these medals were not paid for.  They were at huge cost. 

It is disappointing that the paralympics are not regarded by the powers that be as highly as the Olympics.  Many stadia have been closed to the disabled athletes in Rio.  

it is not a fair world 

sick rosemary srub

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:15

Sorry, I got the idea they had rooted.  As soon as they have rooted remove the plastic.   

Felicia amelloides

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 14:12

Yes, judo jub, a windowsill will do. If you start cuttings now chances are you will have earlier...longer next year.  Try the potted idea and cloche them over winter...try it 

Blue hydrangea turning green/turquoise

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:49

Aym, forget the tatty florets.  You are growing for next year now. 

how tall?  As tall as you like.  They will grow into small trees if you do not prune.  

Pruning is easy.  Anytime from autumn to spring is good.  Cut to the ground they will produce branches 4 to 5'.  Better though to prune half way to produce strong 5' plus shrubs.  

If you can get one reduced then grab it.......some nice varieties available 

sick rosemary srub

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:43

Ooo, I think I would remove that plastic bag now Pothead. 

25 years?  That is exceptional. And you replanted it!  Respect

 I replaced a lavendar hedge last year and I would hate to put an age on it.  It kept going for years and years.  But replacements are worth thinking about.  My replacement lavendar hedge has looked superb this summer with lots of flowers.  It will out perform my old hedge just as your replacement rosemary will Pothead 

Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:36

Sorry Joyce, missed your last post.  Yes plant them out but make sure soil is good and moist 

hackonechloa look sensational in large pots.....their mounding and cascading habit suits large pots.  I have one in a huge container.  Maybe pot on?

don't get me wrong, in the ground they excel but pot grown they can give more...?? 

Rudbeckias gone mad

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:24

Have fun Hazel 

Blue hydrangea turning green/turquoise

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:23

hello aym

paniculata hydrangeas will happily grow in the sun....mine is.  Needs good soil; needs reasonable moisture too so you will need to address this if your soil is dry aym.  I love them and intend to plant at least one more 

Felicia amelloides

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:15

Judojub, I know it doesnt help to say they often survive our winters down here.

i love felicias too...there is a nice variegated one too

currently I am not growing them this year  but will do so next 

.no, they will not survive the winter.  You can take cuttings now and keep them in the gh or conservatory.    You could try potting them up Judojub....I would do this now.  You could put the pot into the ground for the rest of the summer but then lift it near late October 


Garden Pictures 2016

Posted: 24/08/2016 at 12:06

Always liked colouring in 

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