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My flowers ... (2)

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:46

Zenjeff, it that colocasia Black Coral there?  It defeated me earlier this year.  Lovely plant.  First year?  Do yoy keep it wet? 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:37

Fairy does though 

Where are they coming from?

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:34

came home to see a parcel on my doorstep.  "Live plants" it said on the box.

excitedly ripped apart the packaging to reveal 3 Corries Gold Gauras in flower and in perfect condition.  Yippee!  Potted on into 1litre pots because there are still a few weeks of growing weather to come down here and watered.  Will plant out with purple shrubs, perennials or grasses in spring.

but, where did they come from?  I have more plants than I need right now and as a perfectly  logical person I could not have ordered more, could I?  But, did I?   Maybe a lager or two, maybe in my sleep or maybe a kind person on the forum treated me?   

A mystery methinks 

Last edited: 07 September 2016 12:36:10

Dying brugmansia leaves

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:25

likely to be because it is autumn Amilee.  

Weed suppressant fabric and cut flower patch

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:23

Kate, I hate that membrane with a vengeance. looks AWFUL, is BAD for the soil and the environment but it doesn't stop weeds.  You will have weeds growing in the fabric and vigorous perennial weeds creeping undermeath seeking the light either at the ends of it or holes in It. Moving plants around with a membrane laid is impossible.  Could go on but suffice to say, don't use membrane

use glyphosate as a one off treatment then hoe as often as you can.  Mulch as thickly as you can.  Your soil and plants will thank you for it 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:04

Mono germ varieties now GD mean no thinning. ,spaced at 2" apart, hey presto!  That's it! 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 12:00

Billy, when I first got into gardenening, the perfectionist in me coveted the perfect lawn.  I had it too, relatively, for a while.  Finest blend grass seed, regular spiking, scarifying, top dressing and treatment for worms.  Prob wrong on the name but Chlordane rings a bell.  Worked a treat.  Destroyed every worm so no worm castes. 

But Billy, killing worms?.???  

Fortunately that awful chemical is no longer available.  

Fortunately I came to my senses

I no longer have a lawn I am fastidious about but it is a good looking, rich green, soft to walk on carpet I am proud of.  No longer fine grasses and no chemicals used on it apart from a granular feed in spring and top up liquid feeds during the summer

it means I have a safe lawn for any toddlers to crawl on, the longer thicker grass hides any worm castes.  I still top dress, still treat leatherjackets but with nematodes. 

Sorry Billy but think again about killing worms 

Dying conifer hedge

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 09:29

Phytophthora is ever increasing and wide spreading and causes diseases and death to all sorts of shrubs and trees now.  noticeable more in conifers I think where we notice an initial bare spot or two.  Over the past 5 to 10 years I am more aware of people losing plants to it. 

"hot summer" Tetley?  Many here have been complaining about the lack of sun this year.    Don't think it is weather related.   I think plants adapt to variable weather conditions well enough.  Alarming signs of phytopthora, for me, include a relentless spreading of dead and dying areas.  

Amy, plants get diseases as we do.  We also grow plants from all parts of the globe and expect them all to thrive in our gardens.....we just assume plants from South Africa, Australia, Mexico, etc., will grow alongside our indigenous varieties and to do as well.  Viruses are on the increase now too for which there is no cure.  pests and diseases once  to be found only overseas are now here. 

Not all doom and resistant varieties are being bred but we will lose some of our old favourites too.   

The moral is enjoy the plants today.  Don't get everything as plugs to see flowering in a few years' time.  Grow something for NOW 

right, I'm off 

Last edited: 07 September 2016 09:30:21

Wyevale gone to pot!

Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:44

Ok folks.....a challenge!  

Look at a few online suppliers and see how many plants there are available you possibly have never heard of.  That's " different"    Maybe type in "astrantias" for example and then see how many varieties there may be surprised!  Do the same with "heleniums" or "salvias" or anything you like 


Posted: 07/09/2016 at 08:37

been picking and eating my beetroot grown in the garden all summer. ....ditto carrots, spring onions, lettuce,,peas and beans  

So much easier than modules, less time consuming,  (sow,,thin, water and pick) less fuss and excellent quality.  

Chris, I understand your passion for modules.  Here the soil is warm, light loam and productive so growing insitu suits me well. If someone has heavy, cold clay soil then modules may be necessary but those gardening on reasonably good soil will do just as well 

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