Verdun


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Plug plant problems

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 22:13

Are you over watering Scott?  Water well when planted into 9cm pots then only when they get dry.  I like to cover with fleece for a day or so after potting up.

your gh should be fine 

i assume you are putting those plugs in pots and not into shallow trays 

you don't say which lobelias you have...some like it wet some don't.  Can you say what plants you have bought?

plugs are good for growing on during the summer potting up again and again as they grow with a view to planting out in autumn or next spring.

in a few weeks you can leave those plants outside

Acers

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 20:48

Who needs flowers GD?  Superb colour 

Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:58

Aym, i have a well known garden centre nearby.  I have a large nursery even closer. The difference in quality, price and range of plants is amazing.  I took a friend to this nursery a couple of weeks back.  She spent £80 odd on large and numerous plants.  We calculated she would have spent over £400 in GC.....however, many plants were not available in the GC.  Ironically this nursery supplies many plants to this GC.  We had plants growing in 10 litre pots and some 4' plus high. 

local nurseries are the best.  For special unusual plants buying online in the dormant season is excellent.  

Buying trees online versus in the local garden centre

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:47

Down here the dormant season is well and truly over. bare root trees here now would not be good.

agree with Jinxy though.  Ask the online supplier for his advice. ,Let us know but I have a feeling a reputable supplier will advise waiting now until the autumn.

dominoman,,pot grown will be fine. Any local nurseries? 

Mulching with Bark

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:42

Sulphate of ammonia should be readily available or, for organic growers dried blood will provide nitrogen.

perhaps others can help with this but I have used liquid lawn feed, almost complete nitrogen, on such mulches.  Anyone have a view on this?

the answer, of course, is to apply mulches in the autumn. come the spring those mulches will start to return nitrogen to the soil. 

Have you got yours yet?

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:37

Fidget, you have stated it far more diplomatically than I have done.  (Diplomacy is neither my skill nor my main concern)

I know of highly concerning incidents that I have now decided not to publish here (blimey, some of the guys here would try to lynch me again....if they could ).

there are serious events associated with some of the people coming here.  My heart is as big as anyone else's here but my concerns for the safety of the (potentially huge) numbers coming into europe is tempered with the fear for people I care about here. 

 

Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:28

Always complain if you are genuinely disatisfied.  If you are happy them don't 

i have purchased plenty of plugs...mainly for other people.  All were bigger and better than those pictured.  replacements, of a much higher quality were sent so choice is yours.  however, plugs will grow fast right now 

p.s. addition to the replacement plugs....the replacements have outgrown the complained-about ones    As I say, your choice 

 

Newbie help please :)

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:20

Your choisya looks ok...just gone through a wet winter.  It will be fine . Lovely shrub with fantastic fragrance in the spring and early summer.  And it will grow quickly.

how about grasses like festuca...blue evergreen....or bowles golden grass in front of your choisya?  Uncinias have maroon foliage.  Carex testacea has copper olive evergreen foliage.  Heucheras will look good with womderful foliage.  Brunnera Hadspen Cream is an evergreen with beautiful foliage and forger me not blue flowers?   For an annual floriferous affecf how about the New Guinea hybrid impatiens?

To cascade how about lithodora...blue summed flowers on evergreen foliage or helianthemums, the sun roses,,with colour all summer?  Or hardy geraniums like Rozanne?    

Mail Order "A Lottery"? number 2

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:10

Oooooo, you sound angry  now aym.   Eeek ! 

Mulching with Bark

Posted: 11/04/2016 at 19:05

Couple of things aym.....my own perspective so......

grass mowings rob nitrogen quicker than anything else, go very slimey and smelly and  make the border very weedy.  Once did this on my veg patch and the grass weeds that resulted were a pain 

not bonemeal either ...you need at least a balanced fertiliser or a straight nitrogen fertiliser added. Bonemeal is best as a long duration in the hole fertiliser....not a fertiliser I rate highly anyway for a variety of reasons.

i don't think your grass mulch with harm your bamboos...they are so vigorous 

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