Verdun


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Echinacea and hydrangea problems

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 17:15

Fiver in the post then? 

Massive grass snake

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 17:12

Me no likee any snakes 

......the good guys

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 17:11

Hiya Victoria

considered ordering lupins from Westcountry Nurseries.  Might now give them a try unless I find a better specialist lupin nursery.

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 16:58

Wettish here.  Just took the dog downto the beach. Actually it's very refreshing 

Makes nice change to all that sunshine. 

Had meetings today ...very constructive......so pretty busy day.

Feel so sorry for Dove.....30 degrees ? Must be awful.  Not jealous at all 

Echinacea and hydrangea problems

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 13:38

Hard to tell, Melanie, but how big is the container your echinacea is in? It looks too big to me.  Potting is best using small pots then potting on as plant grows.  Plants simply do not grow if over potted.

Echinaceas, ESP the newer varieties, can be fickle.  They need to produce good roots before they flower......I remove any flower stems before mid summer and then allow flowering.  Echinaceas are susceptible to various diseases too, don't like being over watered,,their leaves wet or over feeding. Having said that, they need a reasonable supply of water .....I will water mine quite well during dry periods allowing the water to soak down and then water again (around the roots)

I think your echinacea therefore may ne over potted and have been overwatered. Is it growing in full sun?  Or at least getting plenty of sunshine?

Pathogens causing die back and rotting as well as wilting affect echinaceas.....I've had great "fun" trying to grow the new vsrieties over recent years.

 

Plant feeding

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:33

I grow a load of pelargoniums in a conservatory ....not really a fav of mine; colour but no form......and I use phostrogen currently.  However, I ring the changes, feed not too often but water well to avoid the build up of nitrates.

In the GH I have tomatoes and peppers.  Seaweed feed, an occasional phostrogen feed, Epsom salts once or twice, a spray of diluted milk a couple of times and an initial fish blood and bone feed is their regime. 

Generally a balanced fertiliser is fine for most plants.  Need to be careful with ericaceous plants though.  

Used to use specialist feeds in my early (over keen) days to try and produce super plants. However,  I i think now under feeding is better than over feeding.  Better not to force plants but let them grow slowly and sturdily

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:22

That's odd.  When I look in the mirror I see ME Lily 

2014

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:19

Mmmmmmmmm! Cake 

HELLO FORKERS!

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:06

Well, I do like to sneak in.........

Garden Gallery 2014

Posted: 04/07/2014 at 08:04

Nice gardens folks 

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