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Small £1.49 perennials

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 12:43

Nooooo copperdog ! 

£1 49 or not give them the best treatment.  Pot them up to plant out next spring.  I pot them on at least twice before planting out; they then make an impact.  Plant them now and they will be lost out there.  They will struggle, hardy or not, and look pathetic 

i would get a few bare root wallflowers and enjoy their performance over winter and spring.  

Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 09/10/2016 at 12:36

Thanks least you understand the predicament  


Posted: 08/10/2016 at 21:13

Glyphosate cannot function outside the growing season 

Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 19:12

Ha ha.  Hopefully I wont seize up Tetley.  Funny, its my hands that are stinging more now from the prickly juniper foliage.

kind is tempting Tetley. Cider and pasties 

Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 18:47

Wot?  I would have held the ladder and her walking stick 

Hogweed,yes well pleased to get it all out today.  I do attack quite vigorously.  The old crowbar helps too 


Posted: 08/10/2016 at 18:43

It is too late now though Keen.  I don't think it would work now as we approach mid October. 

Glyphosate is a hormone weedkiller and is effective only when plants are actually growing. 

I would not use glyphosate in the spring in the veg patch so would look to using it next August 

What is your weather like? (2)

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 18:10

Felt very warm today.   blue sky and sunshine.  Summer is hanging on and looking good for a few more days yet   Lovely time of year 

not up on my birds GD but I did have a companion today as I removed conifer.  No idea what it was but it was colourful, plump and very tame.  Don't remember seeing it before so will look it up. 

Anemone blanda bulbs

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 18:05

For future ref though folks...soak anemone bulbs overnight before plamting.  

Anemone blanda bulbs

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:53

Learned from my own mistakes Keen.  They simply did not grow.   100% since overnight soaking 

not sure rain is sufficient     They are very dry things.  Do we say no need to soak rootballs of shrubs or water them in because it will rain?  Ditto with anemones in my book 

Nice gesture but maybe more?

Posted: 08/10/2016 at 17:46

starting late yesterday and continuing all today on my conifer demolition.

anyway an elderly neighbour from down the road...prob 90....presented me with a couple of cans of cider as I was up the ladder cutting the top of the conifer.  Thought that was nice of her; she saw me working earlier and decided to give me some support

"thanks" I said "but could you you climb up here and cut the top off for me"?   It was only about 12 / 14 '.   She made an excuse that she was a little too old for that sort of thing now.  I was a bit shocked if truth were told ...she could see I was struggling 

Ok, she gave me a cider of two, and I appreciste it. but, surely she could have gone up the ladder esp when I asked so nicely?  

Massive root system and had to dig down a metre to cut roots that were as thick as my arm.  The drive was full of cut branches.  Then the trunk had to be lifted out.  

Anyway it's out and branches cleared away and I can feel every muscle.  Very satisfied though.  Lots of garden compost will be turned in there tomorrow and then the planting....

back to the old lady!  Should she have climbed the ladder for me?  I did say please.

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